Alarmingly Good Marinated Butterflied Fish

Samak Mashwi qalaq qalaq

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Preparation info

  • Serves

    3–4

    • Difficulty

      Easy

Appears in

The Gaza Kitchen: A Palestinian Culinary Journey

The Gaza Kitchen

By Laila El-Haddad and Maggie Schmitt

Published 2021

  • About

Uthman Radi’s tiny seaside shack on the outskirts of the Beach Refugee Camp is such a phenomenon you have to book in advance. The former fisherman from Asqalan and father of eight admits with a shrug that his food is considered so good it is “alarming,” giving rise to his nickname, qalaq qalaq.

The ideal way to make this fish is grilled over hot embers (no flames!), but if you don’t have access to a barbeque a broiler will work fine.