Armenian Kibbe Semak (Fish Kibbe or Kufte) Recipe

Serves/Makes: 6


  • 2 pounds sea bass (or any white firm-fleshed fish) fillets
  • 1 3/4 cups bulgur
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 large onion, cut into eighths salt to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons each grated orange rind and lemon rind
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • Filling:
  • 1/ 2 cup olive oil
  • 3 large onions, finely minced
  • 4 ounces pine nuts
  • 1 tablespoon fresh basil or 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
How to cook Armenian Kibbe Semak (Fish Kibbe or Kufte):
  • Prepare the filling by heating the oil in a heavy saucepan. Add the onions and saute until golden. Stir in the pine nuts. Saute 5 minutes longer. Season with the basil. Set aside to cool.
  • Meanwhile, soak the bulgur with the water for about 10 minutes.
  • Grind the sea bass fillets with the one onion. Add the bulgur, salt, pepper and orange and lemon rinds.
  • Dip your hands into cold water and knead until you have a soft mixture.
  • Grease a 6x12-inch baking pan with quarter cup of the oil.
  • Spread half the fish mixture over the bottom of the pan. Smooth the surface.
  • Top with the onion-nut mixture. Spread remaining fish mixture over the filling. Smooth the surface.
  • Cut into desired shape and size. Pour the remaining oil over the top.
  • Bake at 400°F for 40 - 50 minutes or until golden brown and firm.
  • Cool. Serve the Kibbe Semak cold.
Armenian Kibbe Semak (Fish Kibbe or Kufte) recipe


Kibbe is a Middle Eastern dish made from a mixture of spiced meat or fish and bulgur wheat. It is typically served as an appetizer.

This recipe for Armenian Kibbe Semak (Fish Kibbe or Kufte) serves/makes: 6

The Armenian Kibbe Semak (Fish Kibbe or Kufte) recipe and the pictures are adopted from The Our Favorite Fish & Seafood Recipes Cookbook.

Main Ingredient: Bass (more Bass recipes)
Preparation Method: Baked (more Baked recipes)
Cuisine: Armenian (more Armenian recipes)

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