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The 20 Best Easy Mediterranean Recipes | Food

dishes that read like poetry: pomegranate fattoush, burrata on bruschetta, huevos a la flamenca, strawberries in muscatel with shortbread. Twenty delicious and easy recipes from the north and south of the Mediterranean. We’ve baked Richard Olney’s legendary fennel with white wine, Claudia Roden’s chicken with olives and boiled lemons, Imad Alarnab’s fried halibut. Simple lunches and dinners to eat inside or out. Pasta con le sarde from Giorgio Locatelli, black figs, feta and red wine from Selin Kiazim. Summer food for friends or family, or an almost effortless treat on your own.

Perfect to eat on a summer evening with some grilled fish, or just with some warm bread

Broad bean puree, boiled egg, red onion, olives and parsley with crispbread.
Broad bean puree, boiled egg, red onion, olives and parsley with crispbread. Photo: David Loftus/The Observer

Hot, cold, on a sandwich, as part of a sharing meal – this Greek dish is as versatile as it is delicious

Chicken tray bake with olives and boiled lemon.
Chicken tray bake with olives and boiled lemon. Photo: Romas Foord/The Observer

The tart lemony flavors and tantalizing ginger flavors of one of the most famous Moroccan tajines work wonderfully in this bake

Tagine of shrimp, pea and potato.
Tagine of shrimp, pea and potato. Photo: Patricia Niven

The summery flavors of new potatoes and fresh peas with Middle Eastern spices is a winning combination

Huevos a la flamenca.
Huevos a la flamenca. Photo: Romas Foord/The Observer

There are many different versions of this simple Andalusian dish, but good bread and a glass of wine are essential

Fish kebabs with skordalia.
Fish kebabs with skordalia. Photo: Matt Russell

This dish combines flavors of a garlicky Greek potato sauce and a spiced Turkish fish marinade

Cold soup of almond, melon and pastis (with pieces of crispy ham).
Cold soup of almond, melon and pastis (with pieces of crispy ham). Photo: Matt Russell

Adding melon and pastis to this classic Andalusian soup makes it a tasty dish on a hot summer day.

Pasta con le sarde – pasta with sardines, anchovies, fennel, raisins and pine nuts.
Pasta con le sarde – pasta with sardines, anchovies, fennel, raisins and pine nuts. Photo: Romas Foord/The Observer

With Arabian flavors such as saffron, plus fennel and anchovies from the island itself, this dish sums up Sicily

Roasted cod with a coriander crust – samak mashew bil cozbara w al limon.
Roasted cod with a coriander crust – samak mashew bil cozbara w al limon. Photo: Jenny Zarins

Fish and tahini is an irresistible combination, but you can also do it without it to make a quick midweek meal.

Pomegranate fattoush.
Pomegranate fattoush. Photo: Kristin Perers

Few things are better than dipping bread in the spicy dressing at the bottom of this crunchy sweet salad

Burrata on bruschetta with stewed courgettes and fennel with marjoram.
Burrata on bruschetta with stewed courgettes and fennel with marjoram. Photo: Kris Kirkham Photography Ltd/Kris Kirkham

Filled with creamy stracciatella, burrata is deliciously tempting and best eaten very simply with seasonal vegetables

Tuna ftira.
Tuna ftira. Photo: Regula Ysewijn

With its crushed tomato and olive oil, this sandwich is a taste of every Maltese’s childhood

Stuffed eggplant boats.
Stuffed eggplant boats. Photo: Romas Foord/The Observer

Gently spiced with Lebanese flavors, plus the tart taste of feta, this dish is perfect for sharing with many guests

Buttered halibut.
Buttered halibut. Photo: Romas Foord/The Observer

A traditional summer dish in Syria, this recipe is simple, fresh and packed with lemony, buttery flavors

Bean stew with chorizo ​​and bacon.
Bean stew with chorizo ​​and bacon. Photo: Susan Bell

A delicious, gently spiced Spanish dish that will fill your home with delicious aromas

Fennel baked with white wine – fenouil au four.
Fennel baked with white wine – fenouil au four. Photo: Romas Foord/The Observer

This seasonal summer vegetable is sweet and juicy and fragrant with the wine it’s cooked in

Cherry and pink sharlotta.
Cherry and pink sharlotta. Photo: Romas Foord/The Observer

A retro Greek Cypriot pudding usually made with leftover cake, here a little fancier with poached cherries and rose petals

Black figs, feta and red wine.
Black figs, feta and red wine. Photo: Chris Terry

Combined with a salty cheese and a sweet syrup, the taste of this typical Mediterranean fruit comes to the fore

Strawberries in muscatel with shortbread – fresas and moscatel con mantecados.
Strawberries in muscatel with shortbread – fresas and moscatel con mantecados. Photo: Romas Foord/The Observer

This typical summer fruit cooked in a sweet wine from Málaga is even more delicious when served with shortbread

Rice pudding with apricot compote – roz bi halib wal mish mish.
Rice pudding with apricot compote – roz bi halib wal mish mish. Photo: Romas Foord/The Observer

This homely pudding is transformed into an elegant dinner party with a topping of fruit compote