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Saffron Yellowtail Kebabs

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There is a chicken marinade in Persian cooking that I have made before that I absolutely love.  It has a lot of onions in it but it was so good that a friend of mine who hates onions ate his weight in this chicken.  Because the yellowtail is a pretty hearty fish I figured a similar yogurt marinade would work here too.

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I put a pinch of saffron in this marinade, which was all it needed to give it that fragrant saffron flavor.  I could have probably put it on the barbeque grill but I was feeling lazy and opted for the frying pan instead.  It came out fantastic and everyone who tried it was surprised it was fish.  A good marinade can do that.

Delightful Recipe


  • 1 lb of fresh yellowtail or other meaty fish
  • 1/2 cup of Greek yogurt
  • 1 pinch of saffron threads
  • 1 clove of garlic grated over a microplaner or pressed in a garlic press
  • 1/4 teaspoon of garam masala powder
  • salt
  • Olive oil
  • In a small bowl mix the yogurt, saffron, garlic, garam masala and a pinch of salt.  Taste and adjust salt as needed.
  • Cut fish into cubes and dip them in the marinade.  Thread the fish onto bamboo skewers.
  • Heat 1 – 2 Tablespoons of olive oil in a non-stick pan and sear the fish skewers on all four sides.  The meat is done when it’s firm to the touch but not hard.
  • Serve warm.

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