Fish Tikka

 Fish Tikka | tandoori fish Tikka at home

Fish Tikka is a very popular recipe for all fish lovers. This spicy fish tikka are marinated in a yoghurt based marination and then baked , roast or shallow fry till crisp golden. Fish Tikka are served as an appetizer or snacks with cilantro mint chutney, lemon wedges and onion slices.

But it can be paired excellent with a salads like green tossed salad, corn salad . But my favorite is brussel sprouts salad with fish tikka.

Serving fish Tikka with sprouts salad, green chutney and lemon wedges

Fish Tikka recipe is very easy and with easily available ingredients you can make this recipe at home like a restaurant style.

Fish tikka is a popular, healthy and versatile recipe. This fish tikka recipe is easy and the best part is you don't even need a tandoor to make it like restaurants. If you have been looking for such a fish tikka recipe, you have come to the right place. Here I bring you the step by step guide on how to make tandoori fish tikka at home.

Tandoori fish Tikka recipe can be made by using an oven or on Tawa. To make this recipe all you need is boneless fish fillet. Fish can be of your choices.

What is fish tikka?

Fish tikka is a popular snacks or appetizer of boneless cube size pieces of fish marinated in a spiced curd based marination known as tandoori masala and roasted over open or charcoal fire tandoor.

Below are some fish which are good for a fish tikka recipe. In restaurant Basa fish is generally used to make fish tikka as it is easy to thread in a shewers and cook in tandoor.
Other fish required extra care while cooking as most of them can break down while cooking. But you can easily cook them in Oven or tawa.

What types of fish can be used for fish tikka?

Fish tikka can be made using a variety of fish, but the choice of fish often depends on personal preference and availability. Some common types of fish used for making fish tikka include:
  1. Cod: Cod is a popular choice due to its firm texture that holds up well during grilling or baking.
  2. Betki : Betki is another popular fish to make soft and juicy tikka.
  3. Rawas : Rawas is very popular here in North Indian regions and are used most restaurant for this recipe.
  4. Surmai: Surmai is a very popular fish in Maharashtra and people love them to make fish tikka.
  5. Tilapia: Tilapia is another commonly used fish that's readily available and has a mild flavor that absorbs spices well.
  6. Salmon: While not as traditional, salmon can be used for a unique twist on fish tikka. Its rich flavor pairs well with the spices.
  7. Halibut: Halibut is a firm and flaky fish that works nicely for fish tikka, offering a slightly different taste and texture.
  8. Sea Bass: Sea bass provides a delicate taste and texture, making it a good option for those who prefer milder fish.
  9. Trout: Trout is often used in fish tikka preparations, especially in regions where it's easily accessible.
  10. Snapper: Red snapper can add a slightly sweet and nutty flavor to the dish.
Ultimately, you can experiment with different types of fish based on your personal preference and what's available in your area. Just ensure that the fish is suitable for grilling or baking and can hold up well to the marination process.

I have used basa fish to make this basa fish tikka recipe, you can use any fish. 

Surmai fish is a popular fish in coastal region of India in state like Maharashtra, Goa and Banglore. With this Surmai you can make delicious fish tikka.  All you need to boneless a Surmai fish and make fillet.

Then cut the fillet into cube size pieces and marinated in tandoori masala for 4 to 5 hours. After that thread them into a shewers or wooden sticks and bake in Oven or roast on a tawa till crisp golden.  Like how we make surmai fry on tawa.

Different types of fish tikka 

There are some popular fish tikka recipe that you can make easily at home. Some of them are as follow :-
  • Kasundi fish Tikka : Kasundi is a paste of mustard or Rai which is used to marinate the fish pieces along with some other spices.
  • Malai fish tikka : Malai is a rich creamy sauce made by making cashew paste along with rich cream and cheese.
  • Hariyali fish tikka : Hariyali fish tikka is a spicy fish tikka recipe where green herbs like cilantro, mint and spinach paste are used along with green chili.
  • Amritsari  fish tikka : This is popular Punjabi version of fish tikka where fish cubes are marinated with spicy red chilli powder, carom seeds and other spices. This fish tikka can be either deep fried or roast in  tandoor.
Chickpea flour( besan )  along with beaten egg is used to coat the fish cubes  for deep frying. Yoghurt is not used while deep frying them.

What is tandoori fish tikka?

Basically tandoori fish Tikka means that the fish is cooked in an oval shaped charcoal Tandoor. But the term tandoori is also used to refer the  tandoori masala. So a tandoori fish tikka means that the fish is either cooked using a tandoori masala or in an oval shape tandoor.

You can read the recipe of Tandoori Pomfret made using tandoori masala and cooked in tandoor.

Steps to make the recipe

1. Preparation

Wash and clean the fish fillet and Pat them dry completely. Then trimmed and cut into cube size pieces.

Cutting fish into cubes for fish Tikka recipe

 2. Fish tikka marination

Marination not only helps the fish to become juicy but also soft from inside. The fish absorb all the flavours in marination period which makes it more taste and yummy. I always prefer two step marination while making tikka or any other kebab. This really increase the taste and flavour of the resulting dish.

First marination : Mix the fish cubes with half of the red chilli powder, ginger garlic paste, lemon juice and salt in a mixing bowl.

mixing fish cubes with red chilli powder, ginger garlic paste lemon juice for fish tikka recipe

Apply 1/2 teaspoon oil and mix nicely. Let them marinate for about 10 minutes.

Second marination : In another mixing bowl take yoghurt and mix with remaining ginger garlic paste, red chilli powder, lemon juice, cumin powder,coriander powder, Garam masala, black pepper powder, turmeric powder and salt.
Spices with yoghurt for fish tikka recipe

 Add the remaining oil and whisk everything to make a thick batter like masala.This masala is also known as tandoori masala used to cook tandoori dishes.
Yoghurt based marination for fish tikka recipe

Now mix the fish cubes with this tandoori masala and keep refrigerated for 3 to 4 hours or overnight.

3. MakIng the fish Tikka

Preheat the oven and place a silver foil in a baking tray. If using wooden shewers then pre soaked them in water for 30 minutes.

Now start threading the fish in shewers. If using vegetables like onion and bell pepper cubes then thread them alternatively with the fish.
Threaded fish cubes in shewer for fish tikka recipe

Place the shewers over the baking tray and bake for 10 minutes.
Fish shewer on baking tray for fish tikka recipe
Remove and flip them. Brush oil over the fishes and bake again for another 5 minutes till crisp golden.
Crisp golden cooked fish tikka
Remove them from the shewers and serve hot along with mint chutney.

Fish Tikka recipe on Tawa

Take a thick heavy iron skillet and heat in high flame adding 2 teaspoon oil for 1 minute. Discard the excess marination from the fish. Slow the flame to low and place the fish pieces carefully on tawa.
Marinated fish pieces on Tawa or pan for fish tikka recipe
Roast them for 2 minutes and then flip and cook for another 2 minutes.
Flipping fish pieces on Tawa or pan for fish tikka recipe
Cook them for 6 - 7 minutes till crisp golden by flipping at some interval.
Crisp golden charred fish tikka on tawa or pan

When all the masala become dry remove and serve hot.

How to use leftover fish tikka

If you have some left over fish tikka then  make some delicious dish with them. Below are few dishes you can make with your left over fish tikka.
  • Fish tikka masala : This is the most effective way to use your leftovers. Simmer those leftover fish tikka in tomato onion based gravy to make fish tikka masala and enjoy with rice and roti. You can read how to make Chicken Tikka masala recipe for better understanding.
  • Fish tikka biryani : This is another popular dish that you can make with your leftover fish tikka.  First make biryani rice and biryani masala. Mix and tossed fish tikka with biryani masala and then layered them with biryani rice.
  • Fish tikka salad : Another nice way to use the leftover fish tikka is making a healthy fish tikka salad.

 Fish Tikka recipe

Serving fish Tikka with cilantro mint chutney, lemon wedges and sprouts salad for fish tikka recipe
Fish Tikka

Fish Tikka is a popular fish recipe served as an appetizer or snacks. Cubes size boneless fish are marinated in a spicy marination and then Shewers and cooked either in an oven or on Tawa. Traditionally fish Tikka are cooked in tandoor and called tandoori fish tikka.

Prep           cook time.      Serving
15 min.       8 min.                   2
Author :- Mobasir hassan

  • 200 gm boneless fish fillet
  • 1/4 cup yoghurt (thick curd)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger garlic paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chilli powder (paprika)
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1/4 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • Small pinch of black pepper powder
  • 2 teaspoon cooking oil (or mustard oil)
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • Salt as per taste
   How to make the recipe
  1. Trimmed the fish fillet and wash.
  2. Patt dry the fillet completely using a kitchen towel or paper.
  3. Now cut it into cube size pieces  about 1 1/2 inch long.
  4. Mix them with 1/2 teaspoon red chilli powder, 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice, 1/2 ginger garlic paste and a small pinch of salt. Leave it for 10 minutes.
 Making the Marination
  1. Take yoghurt in a mixing bowl and  mix with remaining red chilli powder ginger garlic paste, cumin powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder, garam masala, black pepper powder, lemon juice and salt. Pour the remaining oil as well.
  2. Whisk everything well to make a fine paste or masala.w
  3. Now mix the fish cubes with this paste and coat them evenly from all sides..
  4. Keep them marinated for 3 - 4 hours.  
Baking the fish Tikka
  1. If using wooden sticks then soak them  in water for 30 minutes.
  2. Pre heat the oven and place a silver foil  on a baking tray.
  3. Thread the marinated fish pieces one by one in the shewers after discarding excess marination.
  4. If using vegetables like onion, pepper  then thread them alternatively with  the fish.
  5. Brush some butter or oil over the fish and bake for 10 minutes at 240° C.
  6. Remove them and flip to another side brush oil and bake again for another  5 minutes or till crisp golden.
  7. Remove and serve hot.

Fish Tikka on tawa

  1. To make fish Tikka recipe on tawa, heat a iron skillet tawa with one teaspoon oil in high flame for 1 minute.
  2. Now slow the gas flame to low and place the marinated fish pieces one by one on the tawa after removing excess marination from them.
  3. Roast to them for 3 minutes and then flip them to another side and cook further 3 - 4 minutes.
  4. The fish pieces are start to become crisp  golden. When done remove and serve. 


    Fish tikka recipe video

Nutritional value

   Serving size 250 g
  • Calorie :- 193
  • Carbohydrate :- 12 g
  • Protein :-  23 g
  • Fats :-  8 g 
                         Serving tips
  •  Fish Tikka is served as an appetizer or  snacks along with green chutney, lemon wedges and Lachcha onion.
  •  It can be taken as a side along with  rice and curry. 
                         Recipe notes
  • Boneless fish pieces after cooking becom very soft. So carefully handle them while cooking. 
  • If using salted water fish then keep very low amount of salt in the recipe.
Love seafood recipe then read and make  following recipe and enjoy with your family and friends
If you love fish tikka recipe on Tawa then I am sure you would love the recipe of chicken tikka on tawa  and
Hariyali kabab in pan as well.

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