Tuna tajen

Tuna tajen

Tajen, not to be confused with tajine or tagine, is a spicy side dish with fish and tahin, sesame sauce. It is used as a dip, a mezze dish or even a sauce. You can spice it up as much as you want and you can enjoy it warm or cold. Consider it a fish hummus ūüėČ If you prefer, you can cook fish filets and serve them with¬†tajen as a sauce with or without fish in it.


For 4 persons as part of a mezze

  • 400 gr canned tuna, drained
  • 250 ml tahin
  • 250 ml hot fish stock
  • 1¬†onion
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1/2 chili peper
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • A small handful coriander leaves
  • Juice form 1 lime
  • Pine nuts for garnish


  1. Peel and slice the onion. Peel and crush the garlic. Chop the chili and coriander.
  2. Add the tahin to the hot stock and mix well.
  3. Heat a bit of oil in a pan and fry the onion until tender and translucent. Add the garlic and chili. Add the spices and fry until fragrant.
  4. Add the fish.
  5. Pour the the tahin sauce in the pan and add the coriander and lime juice. Mix well and transfer to a serving dish.
  6. Roast the pine nuts in a pan (without oil) and sprinkle over the tajen.

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