Masgouf (Arabic: مسگوف) is a traditional Iraqi dish.
It is an
open cut fish grilled and spiced with salt, pepper and tamarind. While keeping
the skin on, it is then brushed with olive oil.
Left: Stuffed Masgouf ready for
roasting in the oven.
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