Jewish Federation of Cleveland

Grandma Ruti's Fish

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4 filets of salmon or firm flesh white fish, like sea bass
2 tbsp. olive oil
2 tbsp. paprika
salt to taste
1/3 c. water
1 red pepper, cut into strips
1 lemon, cut into 1/3” slices
pinch of hot red chili (optional)
½ bunch fresh cilantro, finely chopped
4 garlic cloves, peeled


  1. Heat olive oil in a pan large and deep enough to hold fish and add paprika and salt.
  2. When spices are heated through and fragrant, add water and mix with a spoon to spread spices evenly through the water.
  3. Place the pepper strips and lemon slices in the pan. Cook for a few minutes until they begin to soften.
  4. Place fish filets on the lemon and pepper and sprinkle with salt.
  5. Add water, if needed so that bottom 1/3 of fish is covered by water.
  6. Bring to a boil and then lower heat to simmer.
  7. Sprinkle each filet with cilantro and add garlic cloves to the pan.
  8. Cook on low until fish is well done and garlic is soft, about 30 minutes.