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Seafood Shakshuka

Most people familiar with shakshuka think of eggs as the common denominator, but here I pay tribute to shakshuka made in the style of Egypt’s Mediterranean cities, where seafood and local fish stand in for the eggs. While I do take liberties with the spices I use in this recipe, the method of braising the fish on the stove top in a chunky tomato and pepper sauce is in the spirit of classic shakshuka. Serve it over couscous or Middle Eastern rice pilaf.
Serves 4 to 6

2 teaspoons ground coriander
2 teaspoons sumac
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon dried dill weed
1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
Extra-virgin olive oil
1 large yellow onion, chopped
1 large green bell pepper, cored, seeded, and chopped
8 large garlic cloves, minced
5 vine-ripened medium tomatoes, diced (3 1/2 cups), or 1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes
3 tablespoons tomato paste
Juice of 1/2 large lemon (about 2 tablespoons)
1 cup water
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 1/4 pounds firm white fish fillet, such as halibut or cod, or a combination (thawed, if frozen), cut into large pieces
8 ounces large wild-caught shrimp (thawed, if frozen), peeled and deveined

In a small bowl, mix the coriander, sumac, cumin, dill weed, and turmeric….

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