Tomato-and-Lime-Braised Fish (Samaki Wa Kukausha)

Nuvita Biscuits

Braising a whole fish in an aromatic liquid yields moist, flavorful flesh.


1  2–3-lb. whole fish,cleaned
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
2 tsp. minced fresh ginger
4 red or green chiles,
stemmed, seeded, and minced
3 cloves garlic, minced
3 tbsp. fresh lime juice
2 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted
6 whole peeled canned 
tomatoes, plus 1⁄4 cup juices from can, puréed
Cooked rice, for serving


Put fish into a 9″ x 13″ baking dish. Cut three evenly spaced 1⁄4″-deep crosswise slits into each side of the fish. Season fish cavity and skin with salt and pepper and rub outside of fish with half of the ginger, chiles, and garlic; cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Heat oven to 500°. Put remaining ginger, chiles, and garlic, along with lime juice, butter, puréed tomatoes, and 1⁄2 cup water, into a 2-qt. saucepan over medium heat and cook, stirring occasionally, until flavors meld, about 5 minutes; strain sauce. Uncover fish and pour tomato sauce over it. Bake, basting fish with pan juices, until flesh is cooked through, about 20 minutes. To serve, transfer fish to a serving platter and pour some of the juices from the pan over fish. Serve with rice.




Recipe Comments

  1. posted by nereah nyagol on Jan 24, 2013


  2. posted by encyclopath on Feb 4, 2013

    My sister wants to start eating fish because of the health benefits of it, but she’s not a big fan of fish and is scared to cook it. What fish tastes the least “fishy” (and would be a good first fish to try)? Does anyone have any good recipes or suggestions on how to cook it foolproof? Thanks!

  3. posted by Caltel T on Feb 4, 2013

    I have a can of Mackerel and a taco kit.
    Do you think I could substitute the Mackerel for Hamburger.
    you know….taco seasoning in the Fish.
    I think it would be different…has anybody tried this?
    I’m putting the taco seasoning anyway…i only have so much to work with :)

  4. posted by skillz on Feb 4, 2013

    Can i legally go to the Connecticut River and start fishing ( with a licence ) or is the fishing season closed and fishing is restricted?

  5. posted by lets roll on Mar 18, 2013

    Can you please tell me where to catch needle fish! What season. Rod. Which fish is it like the biggest one or smallest medium? Thank you so much! The game is Rune Factory 3 as my question states so thank you so VERY much!

  6. posted by Matt on Mar 21, 2013

    I have several recipes that call for kosher salt, I have sea salt and would just as soon use that as buying kosher salt if the difference is small enough… What is the difference?

  7. posted by Hotshot t on Mar 24, 2013

    Got a big box of kosher salt and don’t want it to go to waste. My only concern is that the crystals are little bigger than regular salt. That shouldn’t make a difference should it? Thanks for your input.

  8. posted by thexbox360player on Mar 24, 2013

    I’m out of iodized salt, which is what the recipe calls for. Would kosher salt be alright to use?

  9. posted by Disrae on Mar 25, 2013

    I’m making homemade soft pretzels and it says I need 2 teaspoons of kosher salt. Is it different then regular salt?

  10. posted by Alex on Mar 25, 2013

    I am making the turkey this year for Thanksgiving and can’t find Kosher salt anywhere. Any ideas? Thanks

  11. posted by Blake on Mar 26, 2013

    I’m looking for the proper culinary term for the technique of mashing chopped garlic and kosher salt together to form a paste.

  12. posted by ibjammin44 on Mar 28, 2013

    I was watching this video and they were saying something about Kosher salt. Is there a difference, and if so what and why?

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