fish tikka in oven

Tandoori Fish Tikka

By Swasthi on August 3, 2022, Comments, Jump to Recipe

Fish tikka recipe, how to make tandoori fish tikka in oven. A tikka in oven is one of the easiest healthy Indian appetizers that can be made at home. Tikkas in the pictures are made using salmon, you can use any fish of your choice, but large boneless fish is all that is needed to make good tikka.

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fish tikka recipe, shared here can be used to make a tandoori tikka or a barbecue tikka and is fairly easy to make even if you have a crowd. You don’t need any fancy ingredients, just the basic ingredients that exist in most Asian kitchens will do.

This is an updated recipe, the new ingredient I would suggest is chickpea flour/ gram flour/ besan. It gives an unique aroma to the fish tikka. As always I have not used any food color, as color adds no taste to the food, it doesn’t bother me. But if you wish to, you can use it to make it colorful. Can even use beetroot color, but I have never tried for oven tikkas. I have used salmon you can use any boneless fish fillet of your choice.

How to make Fish tikka

1. Add yogurt to a muslin cloth and drain off the excess whey or water.You will be left with thick yogurt. Add all marination ingredients to a bowl, mix them well.

marination mixture for making fish tikka recipe step 1

2. Add oil if you desire, if using salmon you can skip.

addition of oil to marinade for fish tikka step 2

3. Wipe off the moisture from the fish cubes with absorbent papers.

removing moisture from the meat for fish tikka

4. Marinate the fish and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Refrigerate the marinade as well.

applying marinade to meat for resting fish tikka

5. Soak the skewers in water for at least 30 minutes. Preheat the oven to 240 C, Remove the extra marinade from fish and add cubed veggies to the marinade and mix well.

soaking skewers to grill fish tikka

6. Remove the excess marinade. Skew the fish and veggies alternating. Bake them for about 10 minutes and then turn down to 180 C and bake for 5 to 10 minutes. In between you can baste the tikkas, with the left over marinade to prevent them from drying.

grilling fish tikka for 10 minutes

For more fish recipes, check
andhra fish fry
baked fish
vanjaram fry
tawa fish fry
fish tikka masala

Recipe Card

fish tikka in oven

Tandoori Fish Tikka

fish tikka recipe – healthy, delicious and a great starter.
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Prep Time2 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time17 minutes

Ingredients (US cup = 240ml )

Marination Ingredients

  • 400 to 500 grams fish fillets
  • ¾ to 1 cup yogurt , regular thick
  • 1 ½ tsp red chili powder , Kashmiri is prefered
  • 1/8 tsp pepper powder
  • 1 ½ tsp ginger garlic paste
  • 1/8 tsp turmeric
  • ½ tbsp dried fenugreek leaves / kasuri methi , (crushed) (optional)
  • 1 to 2 tbsps Lemon juice (skip if using sour curd)
  • ¼ tsp biryani masala powder or ½ tsp garam masala
  • ½ tsp coriander powder (I do not use)
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tbsp oil (can skip if you are using salmon)
  • 1 to 1 ½ tbsps besan / chickpea flour (optional)

vegetables (optional)

  • ½ green bell pepper , cubed
  • ½ red bell pepper or 1 tomato deseeded cubed
  • 1 onion , large, cubed


  • Add yogurt to a cheese cloth and drain off excess water or whey. You will be left with thick yogurt. You can even hang it inside the refrigerator to make hung curd.
  • Wash and peel of the skin, if cannot just proceed.
  • Cut them to equal cube sized pieces, remove the moisture from them using disposable or absorbent tissues.
  • Mix all the marination ingredients and marinate for at least 2 to 12 hrs.
  • Soak the wooden skewers for at least 30 mins in water to prevent burning else you will have burnt skewers like mine.
  • Just before you begin to bake, cube the veggies and marinate in the left over marination. Veggies at room temp, using from the fridge right away makes them soggy. I do not marinate for long as tend to lose the crunch, so I marinate just before I bake them.
  • Remove the excess marinade and put them on to skewers, alternating veggies and fish. There will drippings from the meat while baking, do not forget to place a tray to collect the spills in case you use a wire rack for placing the skewers and not a tray. Otherwise it will mess up your oven.
  • Preheat the oven to 240 C, bake for 10 mins and then on 180 C for another 5 to 10 mins. I suggest you to check after 15 mins.In between you can baste the marinade to the tikkas to prevent them from drying.


I reduced the heat to 180 C at end and found that the meat is soft and moist. Many suggest you bake on the highest heat possible, but to prevent the meat from charring the max I use is 240C.
There will drippings from the meat while baking, do not forget to place a tray to collect the spills in case you use a wire rack for placing the skewers and not a tray. Otherwise it will mess up your oven

Alternative quantities provided in the recipe card are for 1x only, original recipe.

For best results follow my detailed step-by-step photo instructions and tips above the recipe card.

NUTRITION INFO (estimation only)

Nutrition Facts
Tandoori Fish Tikka
Amount Per Serving
Calories 262 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 77mg26%
Sodium 134mg6%
Potassium 706mg20%
Carbohydrates 12g4%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 31g62%
Vitamin A 1205IU24%
Vitamin C 46.9mg57%
Calcium 125mg13%
Iron 1.5mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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5 stars
Tried it, came out very well. Used tandoori masala too

Tried something for the first time in an oven (apart from cake, which too I always baked in microwaves and once in an oven). To my surprise, it turned out just perfect. Just one small question, though the fish was done, the marinade was still a bit raw/wet on some pieces. In the second round of remaining fish though, it got better. What could be the reason?
Awaiting a reply and thanks too for the to-the-point instructions for novices like me 🙂

Okay. Guess I did not preheat it well then. Was avoiding basting with butter as a family member has been asked to go v low on oil because of health reasons. This is why I am taking to grilling now!
Will try again and write back next Sunday. Thanks!

Thanks the recipe. Your website is of great help for a bachelor like me.
I have a oven whose max temperature is 200C. You said to preheat at 240C- what happens if I preheat at 200C?

My husband makes such tikkas in the oven and they turn out super!! Love you version and presentation

Cant ask more, fish tikkas tempts me a lot and feel like inviting myself to your place.

So Yummy and so tasty

Great job

Perfectly made,tempting appetizer with fish

excellent!…A variation from regular chicken tikkas! hmm…lemme try!

delectable n delicious 🙂 perfect tikka..

wow looks soooooooo good, i love tandoori and always wanted to do it with fish… after this post i think i will 🙂 love the platter Swasthi

Omg! Super irresistible fish tikka Swasthi. Delicious and nicely presented.

Yummy tikka…mouth watering…

Very nice appetizer! This is nice for parties. I agree it is not necessary to put coloring as there is no added value.

Delicious and flavorful tikka…looks so yum..

Love fish and loving this tikka.. Nice one