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Salmon or Bluefish with Garlic, Herbs & Lemon

This recipe is an easy "dry" buglama, steamed in parchment paper in a skillet. If you slice the lemons thin enough, their peel will cook through and you can eat them with the fish.
Course: Dinner
Keyword: istanbul, salmon, turkish cuisine, turkish food, turkish meal
Servings: 2
Calories: 588kcal


  • 1 pound skin-on salmon, mackerel, bluefish or other oily fish, or whole fresh sardines or anchovies, cleaned and cut into 1½- to 2-inch pieces
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 6 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 1/3 packed cup chopped fresh dill
  • 1/3 packed cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 3/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 lemons, sliced as thin as possible
  • 2 tablespoons dry white wine or water


  • Cut a 2-foot length of parchment paper and center it in a 10-inch skillet that has a lid.
  • Put the fish, onion, garlic, herbs, salt and pepper in a medium bowl, drizzle over 2 Tbsp of the olive oil, and gently toss. Transfer to the lined skillet.
  • Arrange lemon slices in a single layer over the fish. Drizzle the remaining 2 Tbsp olive oil and the wine or water over. Fold the paper over to cover the fish and crimp edges together to seal, then cover the pan. Cook over medium-high heat for 5 minutes; do not uncover the pan. Reduce the heat to medium and continue to cook, covered, for another 10 to 15 minutes, depending on how well-cooked you like your fish. Remove the pan from heat and rest for 5 minutes.
  • Remove the lid, carefully open the paper, and serve directly from the skillet, so diners can use bread to mop up the juices.


istanbul and beyondRecipe excerpted from Istanbul & Beyond © 2021 by Robyn Eckhardt. Published by Mariner Books, a division of HarperCollins.


Calories: 588kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 49g | Fat: 37g | Sodium: 1068mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g