Friday Recipe - Moroccan Fish Bastila (Pastilla)

Friday Recipe - Moroccan Fish Bastila (Pastilla)

How to make the famous Moroccan Fish Bastila, a savory thin flaky pie stuffed with fish and vermicelli. 

Your friends and family will be asking for more!


  • Ingredients of the Filling:
  • 1/2 pound of squid
  • 1/2 pound of white fish (tilapia, cat fish, etc.)
  • 1/2 pound of peeled shrimp
  • 1/2 cup of finely chopped cilantro
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon of lemon juice
  • 4 oz of chinese vermicelli
  • 1/2 teaspoon of crushed garlic
  • A large pinch of saffron
  • 1 teaspoon of paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon of cumin
  • Red chili pepper (to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon of salt (to taste)
  • 1/4 teaspoon of pepper (to taste)
  • Ingredients for the wrap:
  • Spring roll pastry
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 4 tablespoons of butter


  1. Steps to prepare the filling:1- Cut the squid and white fish into small pieces.
    2- Boil the squid pieces in water for 15 minutes before adding the white fish and shrimp to boil for another 10 minutes.
    3- Remove the squid, fish, and shrimp from the water and reserve.
    4- Put the chinese vermicelli to boil in the same water where the fish was boiled. Remove the vermicelli from the water after 5 minutes, drain it from excess water, and reserve.
    5- On medium heat, melt the butter in a cooking pan. Add the fish, spices, parsley, and lemon juice. Mix all the ingredients and let them cook for the next 15 minutes while constantly stirring. 
    6- Add the chinese vermicelli to the fish mixture and mix well. Cut the vermicelli into smaller pieces with your spoon.
  2. Steps to wrap the Bastila:1- Place the spring roll pastries around you baking dish with 1/3 of the pastries hanging from the edges of the dish (see video). Place 1 or 2 spring roll pastries in the center of the baking dish.
    2- Brush the pastries with melted butter and brush the edges with egg yolk.
    3- Place the filling in the center of the baking dish and bring the pastry edges to the center.
    4- Cover the top of the Bastila with 2 spring roll pastries and tuck in their edges. Brush with melted butter and egg yolk.

    5- Bake the Bastila for 20 minutes at 400 degrees.
  3. Serving:Broil the Bastila for 1 minute before serving and decorate with shrimp, parsley leaves, and lemon slices. Enjoy!

    With thanks to Cooking With Alia -

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