Casablanca Fish Tajine

الدار البيضاء Fish Tajine for #SundaySupper

In Moroccan Food by Amanda Mouttaki55 Comments

This week’s Sunday Supper theme is awesome.  I’m so excited!  Everyone is sharing a movie inspired recipe. Even though I loathe it, I wonder if you can guess which movie I’ve chosen?

Want to know a little insider secret? There’s no such place as Rick’s Cafe – never was.  Flocks of tourists visit Casablanca every year to find it, and they do find a Rick’s Cafe but it’s just a tourist trap. It’s interesting to watch this movie, knowing a bit of history surrounding the area during that time.  Casablanca was certainly an international city though it’s safe to say English wasn’t the language d’jour. The first time I went to Casablanca it wasn’t at all what I expected.  It looks like every other large city in the developing world. While I am sure there are some very nice parts of town, the places I’ve been have not been anywhere I would want to live long term.

Because Casablanca is a port city, fish and seafood is fresh and plentiful. It’s very easy to buy fish for only a dollar or two, that I can only dream about here in the middle of the US.  Up and down the Moroccan coast there are variations of tajines, stuffed fish, and other seafood dishes specific to that region and sometimes even a specific city.  This fish tajine can be found in Casablanca.  It’s easy to make and even if you think you don’t like fish, well you may just change your mind after trying this!

Casablanca Fish Tajine


  • one large handful of Italian parsley
  • 1 tsp kosher salt or sea salt
  • 2 minced garlic cloves
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp hot paprika
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 lb thick, white fish such as cod, haddock, or halibut
  • 6 whole carrots peeled, and halved
  • 1 large tomato
  • 1 green pepper


Preparing the Marinade

1. If you have a mortar and pestle add the parsley, minced garlic, and sea salt to the mortar and break it down using the pestle. If you don’t have this, simply add the ingredients to a bowl and use the back of a spoon to break them down.  When you have broken down the parsley and garlic, add the cumin, hot paprika, and lemon juice. Stream in a little bit of water so that there is an easy to pour marinade.

2. Clean your fish fillets, removing all of the skin from the fish.  This may be difficult however you will not want the skin in the tajine.

3. Coat the fish with the marinade and place on a plate or in a large bowl.  Place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes – 2 hours.  The longer you allow it to sit the more flavorful the fish will be.

Fish for Casablanca Tajine

4. While you are waiting for the fish, begin to prepare the vegetables.  Peel and cut the carrots into halves.  Wash the tomato and slice horizontally into several thin slices, discard the top and stem.  Wash and cut the top off of a green pepper. Scoop out the seed and cut horizontally into thin slices.

5. Once the fish has marinated begin to prepare the tajine.  I used an unglazed clay tajine.  If you don’t have a tajine you can use a heavy bottomed pot with a lid. Start by layering the carrots in the bottom of the vessel. Next add the fish, then the tomatoes, and finally the green peppers.  Pour the rest of the marinade from the bowl on top of the tajine. Finally, add 1/4 cup of water around the outer edges.

6. Turn the heat to low and cover the tajine.  Leave untouched for 20-30 minutes. After this time, quickly uncover and check the water level.  If it is low add a little more to the outer edges.  If not, re-cover and leave alone for another 20 minutes. The tajine is done when the fish is flaking, the liquid has reduced to a thick sauce and the vegetables are soft to the touch.

Casablanca Fish Tajine Cooked

Serve the tajine with crusty bread and several Moroccan salads such as zaalook, green pepper and preserved lemon salad, and Arabic salad.

I hope you enjoy this taste of Casablanca.

I’ll leave you with a few of my favorite quotes from the movie.

Casablanca Quote Collage

Be sure to check out the other Sunday Supper contributors too to see their movie inspired recipes! Join us , at 7 p.m., EDT, join us for a Twitter chat about food and movies. Use the hashtag #SundaySupper. See our href=””>#SundaySupper Pinterest board for amazing photos and recipe inspiration.

Toast (bready things)

No Reservations (soups and salads)

Today’s Special (fish, chicken, beef, and pork)

Forks Over Knives (veggie-heavy dishes and sides)

Udon (pasta and noodles)

Just Desserts (sweet treats)

Bottle Shock (beverages)

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Amanda Mouttakiالدار البيضاء Fish Tajine for #SundaySupper


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  4. Nicole

    What a classic movie. :) Great pick!
    You know what I love about your blog each week? I am constantly finding recipes that I might not have otherwise ever heard of, been exposed to, etc.
    I love this recipe, it looks just fabulous.

  5. Lyn @LovelyPantry

    Lovely post! I love classic movies like Casablanca. I need to watch it again, it has been too long. I have wanted to buy a tajine for a while now… because they are beautiful! This is a nice recipe to start with once I get my hands on one :-)

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  9. Amy Kim

    Simple and flavorful…I love it.

    And yes, Hollywood has and does romanticize many world events…

  10. The Ninja Baker

    What a gift you are giving the world with marocmama, Amanda. So interesting to learn about the real Casablanca.

    Growing up in Japan, fish was of course a staple. So thank you for your keeper recipe which looks heavenly!

    P.s. Great photo of you and your hubby =)

  11. Brandie (@ Home Cooking Memories)

    I believe I’ve seen Casablanca once — it was in school and I did like it from what I remember. I really should watch it again. I bet as an adult I would probably enjoy it even more. I love easy recipes so your Fish Tajine sounds perfect for me.

  12. Katie

    What a gorgeous dish! I have never tried something like this, but I love the components! And I really do need to watch Casablanca – I’ve never seen it!

  13. Shelby | Diabetic Foodie

    Sounds like the perfect fish recipe! I don’t think I realized that a tagine was used on the stovetop. For some reason I thought it was only for the oven. Thanks for the education.

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  16. Katy

    One of my all-time favourite films, and what a gorgeous dish to celebrate it! I haven’t had a fish tagine before, so I am definitely going to try this!

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  18. Paula @ Vintage Kitchen

    Tajines are such a fabulous dish! It sounds wonderful Amanda, even though I don´t like fish.. oops. Casablanca reminds me of When harry met sally. Sometimes fictions is better left at that.

  19. Tara

    I love that movie and your Tagine looks amazing. My husband uses that quote all the time, If that plane leaves the ground…..

  20. Diana @GourmetDrizzles

    What a fun post, and a beautiful dish! Also love the last photo you you two… so cute! ;-)

  21. Alaiyo Kiasi-Barnes

    Wow, what a fabulous post. I’ve been seeing cooking implements for making tangine, but now I have a reason to actually buy one now. Your recipe looks absolutely splendid, and I love your closing photos! Gorgeous post!

  22. Liz

    Casablanca is my hubby’s favorite movie…he’ll stop everything to watch any time it’s on TV! And the dish it inspired sounds marvelous! And I love that last photo of you and your hubby…perfect!!!

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  24. Renee

    Funny how people travel to see places in movies that don’t really exist. So sad Rick’s Place is just a tourist trap. At least there is good, fresh, inexpensive seafood to be found. Now I just need a tajine to make your wonderful seafood recipe.

  25. Laura Dembowski

    I had to watch Casablanca for school once and really enjoyed it. I also love fish and can’t wait to try this as a new and exciting way to prepare it.

  26. Stacy

    Your fish tajine reminds me very much of a Brazilian dish we loved when we lived there called moqueca. It was cooked in an earthenware pot as well, but with a plain top, not fancy like a tajine. The sliced tomatoes and bell pepper (and they used onion too) all cook down on top of the seafood to make the most wonderful sauce. I can’t wait to try the Moroccan version! I just know I’m going to love it!

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  34. Heather @girlichef

    I do love Casablanca…and definitely dreamed of making Rick’s Place a destination one day… oh well. It’s still good to dream, right? ;) I’d still love to visit Casablanca, though…and sit by the sea eating a plate of this love tajine – it sounds amazing!

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      Amanda Mouttaki

      You should still make it a destination but trust me this will be must tastier than any American grub they might serve at Rick’s lol.

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