How to make Masala Fish Fry / South Indian Fish Fry recipe / easy step by step :

7 Feb 2013

Spicy Fish Fry Recipe:

Fish  Fry  is loved by almost all non-vegetarians..!!  Today, I am going to share with you a  spicy  Fish  Fry  recipe that is easy to make, yet very tasty..!!!

In this recipe, the freshly ground special masala applied for marinating gives the authentic taste. Also this makes a tasty dish, to prepare on special occasions 

We enjoyed thoroughty this superb fish fry with hot rasam rice..:)


·         Fish ( pomfret, seer or any fish)  - 6 to 8 pieces
·         Onion                                 - ½
·         Ginger                               - small piece                
·         Garlic                                - 2 or 3
·         Cinnamon                          - a small piece
·         Cloves                              - 2
·         Coriander seeds                 - 1 tsp
·         Cumin seeds                     - ½ tsp
·         Pepper corns                     - ½ tsp
·         Fennel seeds                     - ¼ tsp
·         Salt to tase

To Marinate:

·         Turmeric pwd                     - ¼ tsp
·         Red chilly pwd                   - ½ tsp
·         Lemon juice                       - 1 tsp
·         Salt to taste.
·         Oil to fry


1.     Make a coarse paste of onion, garlic, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, coriander seeds, cumin, pepper and fennel seeds, without adding water.

2.     Clean and wash the fish well and drain water completely.

3.     Marinate the fish with turmeric pwd, red chillypwd, salt and lemon juice.

4.     Leave it for about 30 minutes for marination.

5.     Then apply the masala paste prepared in step 1 and marinate for 10 more minutes.
6.     Heat a dosa girdle ( preferably non-stick )
7.     Add the masala coated fish pieces and drizzle oil to sides.

8.     Use high flame initially and low flame to cook.

9.     Fry the fish on both sides till it turns golden brown and crispy from outside.

10.  Serve with finely sliced onions and lime.

11.  Delicious & spicy Fish Fry ready to relish.
12.  It makes a lipsmacking combo with hot steamed rice.


·         I have used small size seer fish in this recipe, any fish variety like trout, pomfret etc., can be used.
·         You can also deep fry the fish.
·         This is a spicy dish, adjust the red chilly pwd, if you need to..:)

Similar Recipes:

·         Vanjaram / Seer Fish Fry
·         Deep Fried Anchovies
·         Nethili Fish Spicy Masala
·         Chettinad Meen Kuzhambu
·         Nethili Meen Kuzhambu


8 Yummy Comments:

Jiboombaa said...

Spicy and aromatic fish fry...yummy..

Shama Nagarajan said...

lovely recipe and mouth watering.
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Helen Prabha said...

Wow...super delicious....

Hi Jay, although the raw fish doesn't look too appetizing, the finished product is so appealing. I'm slowly adding to my herbs and spices so I can try out more recipes.

Ramona W said...

I love a hearty fish fried like this. Seer is my favorite. :)

Shella said...

Jay I have always thought abt using onion in a marinade for fish fry but never gave it a try. Now I will thanks to you. They look great

Fabulous recipe. Looks so yum..

Charmi Shah said...

Yummy !! My mouth is watering.. i have tried this & i liked the most. Thanks for sharing, & even i found amazing link of 'Indian Recipes cooking show', 'Indian Cooking Recipe', 'Indian Cooking' You will also like it.

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