Doug and I have often wondered why fish is not more prevalent in Armenian cuisine. True, Armenia is a land-locked nation, but rivers and streams do run through it – and – we all know fish can be found in such waters. Plus there’s Lake Sevan, famous for its trout (aka Ishkan), and another variety of lake trout called ‘Sig’, also a favorite.
|Baked Fish Armenian style made with fresh Florida flounder|
Due to years of overfishing, Lake Sevan trout has become an endangered species, therefore fish-breeding farms have sprouted up in Armenia, producing tons of fish. Armenia hopes to export the fish to the European market.
Fish dishes made a rare appearance in our dining
tables when we were growing up.
My maternal grandmother would, on occasion, prepare whiting, a basic small fish.
After the fish was cleaned, she would dredge it in flour seasoned with salt and
pepper, and fry it in hot oil until it was crispy. It was always served with
lemon wedges. The whiting prepared that way was delicious – with one exception
– all of the pesky bones!
one of our neighbors would share his ‘catch of the day’ with us, usually blue
fish. Blue fish was pretty large so
it could easily feed a family of 5. The problem with blue fish is that
depending on what the blue fish ate, it either tasted really delicious, or
down-right terrible. You never knew which it would be until it was cooked and
you were consuming it, and then it was too late!
tons of sliced onions, celery, diced tomatoes and lots of herbs. Most of the
time, the blue fish turned out great.
without blue fish. Instead we use tried-and-true
fish varieties in its place.
|Served with quinoa and tossed salad|
Fish Armenian style
¼ tsp. paprika
the sliced onions, then sliced tomatoes, and finally with sliced red and yellow
peppers. Sprinkle the vegetables with the black and Aleppo pepper – or – cayenne
the remaining onions, tomatoes and peppers on top of the fish. Sprinkle
tarragon, oregano, and salt over the vegetables. Pour the lemon juice and wine
|Our Fish Plaki dish|
NOTE: Also check out our Fish Plaki