Stuffed Masgouf ready for roasting in the oven
Masgouf (Arabic: مسگوف) is a traditional Iraqi dish.
open cut fish grilled and spiced with salt, pepper and tamarind. While keeping
the skin on, it is then brushed with olive oil.
Traditional garnishes for masgouf include chopped onions and
tomatoes, as well as the clay-oven flatbreads common to Iraq and much of the
After marinating the fish, it is then placed on wooden sticks and then barbecued
for a long time usually taking between one and three hours depending on the size
of the fish. It's often done on a large flame. After the fish is well cooked and
crispy, it is often sprinkled with the juice of a lemon, ready to be served.
Like many other Iraqi dishes it is usually served with rice, along with salad