Fish Assorti 'Issyk' Recipe - A Delicious Kazakh Seafood Delight

Fish Assorti 'Issyk'

Fish Assorti 'Issyk' Recipe - A Delicious Kazakh Seafood Delight
Region / culture: Kazakhstan | Preparation time: 30 minutes | Cooking time: 30 minutes | Servings: 4


Fish Assorti 'Issyk'
Fish Assorti 'Issyk'

Fish Assorti 'Issyk' is a luxurious and elegant dish that showcases a variety of fish and seafood, including sturgeon, salmon, bream, sprat, and caviar. This dish is perfect for special occasions and gatherings, as it is not only visually stunning but also incredibly delicious.


Fish Assorti 'Issyk' is a traditional dish from the Issyk-Kul region of Kyrgyzstan, where it is often served at weddings, celebrations, and other festive events. The dish is named after Lake Issyk-Kul, the largest lake in Kyrgyzstan, known for its abundance of fresh fish and seafood.


How to prepare

  1. Boil the sturgeon and salmon, then cut them into thin slices and arrange them on a plate.
  2. Fry the sprats without heads, roll them up into rings, and place them on circles of hard-boiled eggs.
  3. Arrange the caviar to form a small mound or spread it on a thinly buttered slice of bread.
  4. Garnish with fresh greens.


  • You can customize this dish by using different types of fish and seafood, such as trout, mackerel, or shrimp.
  • Add a dollop of sour cream or crème fraîche on top for a creamy finish.

Cooking Tips & Tricks

Be sure to cook the fish just until it is tender and flaky, as overcooking can result in a dry and tough texture.

- When frying the sprats, be careful not to overcook them, as they can become rubbery.

- Garnish the dish with fresh greens just before serving to add a pop of color and freshness.

Serving Suggestions

Serve Fish Assorti 'Issyk' as a main course with a side of fresh salad and crusty bread.

Cooking Techniques

Boil, fry, and slice the fish according to the instructions to achieve the perfect texture and flavor.

Ingredient Substitutions

If you cannot find sturgeon or Caspian salmon, you can use other types of white fish or salmon as a substitute.

Make Ahead Tips

You can prepare the fish and caviar ahead of time and assemble the dish just before serving for a stress-free meal.

Presentation Ideas

Arrange the fish slices and caviar in a visually appealing pattern on a large platter for a stunning presentation.

Pairing Recommendations

Pair Fish Assorti 'Issyk' with a crisp white wine or a glass of champagne for a sophisticated dining experience.

Storage and Reheating Instructions

Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Reheat gently in the microwave or on the stovetop before serving.

Nutrition Information

Calories per serving

400 per serving


15g per serving


25g per serving


30g per serving

Vitamins and minerals

This dish is rich in vitamins and minerals, including vitamin D, vitamin B12, omega-3 fatty acids, and selenium.


This dish contains fish, eggs, and dairy (butter), so it may not be suitable for those with allergies to these ingredients.


Fish Assorti 'Issyk' is a nutrient-dense dish that provides a good balance of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins, along with essential vitamins and minerals.


Fish Assorti 'Issyk' is a decadent and flavorful dish that celebrates the bounty of the sea. With a variety of fish and seafood, this dish is sure to impress your guests and elevate any special occasion. Enjoy the rich flavors and textures of this traditional Kyrgyz dish!

How did I get this recipe?

I can't forget the first time I saw this recipe for Fish Assorti 'Issyk'. It was a warm summer day, and I was visiting my friend Olga in her quaint little village on the outskirts of Issyk-Kul in Kyrgyzstan. As soon as I entered her kitchen, I was hit with the most delightful aroma of herbs and spices.

Olga was bustling around the kitchen, her hands moving with the precision of a master chef. She turned to me with a smile and said, "I am making Fish Assorti 'Issyk' today. It is a traditional dish from this region, and one that is beloved by all."

I watched in awe as she expertly filleted the fresh fish, marinated them in a secret blend of spices, and then arranged them on a bed of fragrant herbs. As the fish cooked in the oven, the tantalizing scent filled the room, making my mouth water in anticipation.

As we sat down to eat, I took my first bite of the Fish Assorti 'Issyk', and I was transported to a world of flavors and textures that I had never experienced before. The tender fish melted in my mouth, while the herbs and spices danced on my taste buds, creating a symphony of flavors that left me craving more.

I begged Olga to share the recipe with me, and she agreed with a twinkle in her eye. She handed me a tattered old notebook filled with handwritten notes and said, "This recipe has been passed down through generations in my family. It is a treasure that I am honored to share with you."

I copied down the recipe in my own notebook, making sure to capture every detail and nuance of Olga's expert technique. As I left her village that day, I promised myself that I would perfect the recipe for Fish Assorti 'Issyk' and share it with my own family and friends back home.

Over the years, I have made Fish Assorti 'Issyk' countless times, each time tweaking the recipe to suit my own taste and style. I have shared it with friends at dinner parties, brought it to potlucks and gatherings, and even entered it in a few cooking competitions.

But no matter where I have served it, the response has always been the same – people are blown away by the flavors and textures of this traditional dish from Kyrgyzstan. They always ask for the recipe, and I am happy to share it with them, just as Olga shared it with me all those years ago.

As I sit here in my kitchen, preparing Fish Assorti 'Issyk' for yet another gathering, I can't help but feel a deep sense of gratitude for the wonderful people and experiences that have shaped my culinary journey. From Olga and her secret recipe to the friends and family who have supported me along the way, I am truly blessed to have such a rich tapestry of flavors and memories to draw upon.

And as I take that first bite of Fish Assorti 'Issyk', I am reminded once again of the power of food to bring people together, to create lasting memories, and to celebrate the beauty of different cultures and traditions. So here's to Fish Assorti 'Issyk' – a dish that will always hold a special place in my heart and on my table. Bon appétit!


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