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Fish Baked with Tomatoes and Spices
(Mtuzi Wa Samaki — Kenya)


  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 (16 ounce) can whole tomatoes, drained and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 halibut steaks, 1 inch thick (about 2 pound)
  • Fresh cilantro, snipped (optional)


  1. Cook and stir onion, garlic and peppers in oil in 10-inch skillet over medium heat until onion is tender.
  2. Reduce heat; stir in remaining ingredients except fish. Cook uncovered over low heat, stirring occasionally, 5 minutes.
  3. Arrange fish in ungreased 12 x 7-inch baking dish. Spoon tomato mixture over fish.
  4. Bake uncovered at 355 degrees F until fish flakes easily with fork — 25 to 30 minutes.
  5. Sprinkle with snipped fresh cilantro if desired.

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