Almost Turkish Recipes

Oven Baked Fish Pilaki (Fırında Balık Pilâki)

is originally a Greek word. I am not sure what it means in Greek, 'plate'?, but in Turkish pilaki refers to a group of dishes that are cooked with onion, garlic, carrot, potato, and parsley in olive oil. We usually cook beans in this style, like "fasülye pilaki" or "barbunya pilaki", yet fish pilaki is another favorite. In my family this dish is usually made with bonito (palamut), yet any fish can be cooked this way. What you see above is talapia.

3-4 tbsp olive oil
4-6 fish fillets
1 onion, halved and thinly sliced
3-4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
1 carrot, thinly sliced
1 potato, petite diced
2-3 tomatoes, diced
1/2 bunch parsley, chopped
juice of 1 lemon
1 lemon, thinly sliced
1 tsp sugar

celery root, petite diced

-Heat olive oil. Add onion. Cook until soft.
-Add carrot. Cook for a couple of minutes. (if you are using mushroom, add now)
-Add potato. (if you are using celery root, add now). Cook until vegetables are soft.
-Add tomato, garlic, sugar, salt, and 2 cups of water. Cook until the cooking liquid is almost absorbed. Add half the parsley.
-Spread half of the vegetables on a oven dish. Place the fish on top.
-Cover with the rest of the vegetables.
-Season with black pepper. Pour lemon juice and place lemon slices on top.
-Cover and bake in a preheated oven at 350-370F for 30 minutes or until the fish is tender.
-Sprinkle remaining parsley and serve.


  1. Baking it with the lemon slices adds so much flavor. This is a great recipe.

  2. Very nice. I am making something similar for dinner tonight.

  3. Anonymous3:59 AM

    Awesome Post! Love your photo’s too!

  4. Such a wonderful flavour combination for fish :)

  5. You make it pretty easy, and yummy, and the lemons are looking very beautiful and tasty.
    And it is helpful that you share the tip of fish, You are really look like a professional cooker.

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  6. Alisha7:11 AM

    Dear Burcu, this looks delicious. What would you recommend I serve with the fish?

    1. A simple green salad and rice would be great.

  7. Finally, I have found this recipe! Many thanks for sharing it with others! Oven-baked fish is a great way to make your husbands's stomach full and happy:) Kindest regards,