Fish fry recipe – This delicious, crispy & spicy fish fry makes for a great appetizer or a side to a meal. A simple vegetable salad or sliced onion compliment the fish fry. It can be served as a side with any variety rice like Ghee rice, cumin or Jeera rice, simple coconut rice. However it also goes great with plain rice and simple rasam or this tamarind rasam. This recipe is very easy to follow, a bachelor’s recipe and yields a tasty crispy fish.
To make this easy fish fry, fish needs double marination. First marination for the fish to absorb all the flavors and spice. Second marination to give a crust to the fish.
This simple fish fry recipe can be used to grill or shallow fry or pan fry the fish. All methods yield crusty fish and is best served immediately. Besan, ajwain and saunf bring in a great aroma to the fish. If you do not have these, you can substitute with rice flour and a mild garam masala. But using besan and ajwain gives the flavor of a pakora.
Fish fry recipe
Ingredients (1 cup = 240ml )
- ½ kg fish (pieces or fillets)
- 2 tbsp Oil or as needed
- 1 ½ tbsp rice flour or all purpose flour
- 1 ½ tbsp besan or gram flour
- Salt as needed
- ¼ to ½ tsp red chilli powder or paprika
- ½ tsp saunf (or fennel seeds) optional
- ½ tsp ajwain (or carom seeds) optional
- ¼ tsp Kasuri methi or curry leaves or herbs
How to make the recipe
Preparation for fish fry
- Add the following ingredients to a plate. – salt, ginger garlic paste, red chilli powder, turmeric, garam masala, coriander powder and lemon juice.
- Mix all of these together to make a paste. Taste the marinade and adjust salt or spice as needed.
- Wash fish fillets thoroughly. If using a fish like salmon, make slits in the fillet.
- Apply this marinade to the fish pieces. If needed add 1 tsp of water to apply the paste well. Set this aside.
- optional – Powder ajwain and saunf together. Or crush them coarsely. Add this to another plate. You can also skip this. But these add aroma to the fish.
- Add flour, salt, red chili powder, saunf, ajwain and curry leaves. Mix all of these. Taste this and adjust salt or spice as needed.
- Place the fish in flour mixture. Make sure flour coats well on to the fish on both the sides. Fish looks floury at this stage. Set this aside till the dry flour turns moist.
- The moisture in the fish makes the flour damp and it sticks well to the fish. This takes around 10 to 15 minutes.
How to make fish fry
- Heat a griddle , pan or tawa. Add 2 tbsp oil and spread it well. Heat it on a low flame. Fry till crusty on both the sides. Be gentle while flipping the fish otherwise the masala comes out. Fish can be pan fried or shallow fried both yield almost the same result.
- Garnish fish fry with sliced onion and grated carrot. Serve with a meal or as an appetizer.
For grilling the fish.
- After the second marination, Gently brush a generous amount of oil over the fillet. heat the oven at 170 C for 15 minutes and grill for about 25 minutes. You may need to grill for more or long depending on the thickness of the fillet or the variety of fish.
How to make easy fish fry
1. Mix all the ingredients under first marination i.e ginger garlic paste, lemon juice, salt,garam masala, turmeric and chilli powder. Taste the marinade and adjust salt if needed.
2. Marinate the fish with this marinade. Set aside for 10 to 15 mins.
3. Powder saunf and ajwain . If you cannot powder, at least a coarsely crushed powder would be OK. Add it to the second marination ingredients. Mix well and taste it. Adjust salt if needed.
4. Coat the fish in the dry flour mix on both the sides. Set aside in a plate.
5. Leave it for about 15 minutes for the dry flour to become moist and cling well to the fish.
6. It can be tawa fried till crusty. For tawa fry add 3/4 tbsp oil to a hot pan and spread it well. Fry on both the sides, take care while you flip the fillet otherwise it may break. Fry few curry leaves along with the fish to garnish.
7. For shallow fry, use oil as needed. I suggest using a small pan if shallow frying, the amount of oil needed will be less.
8. Fry till golden. Flip carefully otherwise the crust will come out.
Garnish and serve fish fry.