Grilled Caspian Sea White Fish (Mahi-e Sefid)


Mahi-e Sefid, a delicacy from the Caspian Sea, is a cherished dish in Iranian cuisine. Known for its tender and delicate white flesh, this fish is traditionally grilled to perfection and seasoned with a simple yet flavorful marinade. Whether enjoyed on a warm summer evening or as a special treat, Mahi-e Sefid brings the fresh, savory taste of the sea to your table.

Grilled Caspian Sea White Fish (Mahi-e Sefid)

Preparation and Cooking Time

  • Preparation Time: 15 minutes
  • Marination Time: 1 hour
  • Cooking Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 35 minutes


  • Servings: 4
  • Serving Size: 1 fillet (approximately 200 grams)

Nutritional Information (per serving)

  • Calories: 300 kcal
  • Protein: 30g
  • Fat: 18g
  • Carbohydrates: 2g
  • Fiber: 0g
  • Sugar: 0g
  • Sodium: 400mg


  • 4 fillets of Caspian Sea white fish (about 800g / 1.76 lbs total)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh dill
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Lemon wedges and fresh herbs for garnish

Method of Preparation

  1. Prepare the Marinade: In a small bowl, combine olive oil, lemon juice, chopped dill, chopped parsley, turmeric, cumin, minced garlic, salt, and pepper. Mix well to create a marinade.
  2. Marinate the Fish: Place the fish fillets in a shallow dish and pour the marinade over them. Ensure the fish is evenly coated. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour to let the flavors meld.
  3. Preheat the Grill: Preheat your grill to medium-high heat. If using a grill pan, heat it over medium-high heat.
  4. Grill the Fish: Remove the fish from the marinade and place it on the grill. Cook for about 7-10 minutes on each side, or until the fish is opaque and flakes easily with a fork. Be careful not to overcook.
  5. Serve: Transfer the grilled fish to a serving platter. Garnish with lemon wedges and fresh herbs. Serve immediately.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • Fresh Fish: For the best flavor, use the freshest fish available. If you can't find Caspian Sea white fish, you can substitute with a similar white fish like cod or haddock.
  • Even Marination: Make sure the fish is evenly coated with the marinade to ensure balanced flavor.
  • Grill Pan Option: If you don't have a grill, a grill pan or broiler can be used as alternatives.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I use frozen fish for this recipe?

  • Yes, but ensure it's fully thawed and patted dry before marinating.

What sides go well with Mahi-e Sefid?

  • Persian rice (Chelo), grilled vegetables, or a fresh green salad complement this dish perfectly.

How do I know when the fish is done?

  • The fish is done when it flakes easily with a fork and is opaque throughout.

Enjoy the delicate flavors of the Caspian Sea with this Grilled Mahi-e Sefid recipe. Simple yet elegant, this dish is perfect for any occasion, offering a taste of Persian cuisine that is sure to delight. Serve it up with your favorite sides and savor the fresh, savory taste of perfectly grilled white fish.