Fish fry recipe

 Fish fry recipe  | homemade fish fry

This is an easy homemade fish fry recipe with readily available ingredients from your kitchen. This recipe is without any flour coating. Read the crisp fish fry recipe with step by step images and video.

Serving fish fry pieces in a plate

Fish fry is no doubt one of the most sought after seafood recipe in the world. A homemade fish fry is always delicious, yummy and healthy. Marinated fish pieces are pan fried over slow flame heat till become crisp golden.

They are excellent as an appetizer and pair well with a side dish too. You can even use them to make some delicious fish curries. 

It is very important to make a balanced fish fry masala to marinate the fish. Dont use more amount of spice powder like cumin , coriander and garam masala powder. Otherwise these powder will overpower the natural flavour of the fish.

You should also take care about the type of fish..like fresh water fish or salt water fish while making the marination.

For salt water fish, use very less amount of salt just a  small pinch as compare to fresh water fish. 

You can fry the fish either by deep frying or shallow frying. At home we usually fry the fish in a pan by shallow frying method. And this is most preferred method.

But in most of restaurants, fish are deep fried like fish finger, fish Koliwada, fish n chip and Amritsai fish fry. 

For deep frying fish fry, you need to add some flour like corn flour, all purpose flour,rice flour or gram flour in the marination.

But this home style fish fry recipe is without any flour coating.  But an easy fish fry recipe.

If you love to prefer lots of masala coated fish fry then make tawa fry masala like Mangalore style. You can read the fish tawa fry recipe to make that kind of fish masala.

Tips to make best fish fry

  •  Keep them marinated for atleast one hour to absorb the flavours.
  • Don't make the marinated masala watery, a thick masala stay coated while frying.
  • Always prefer to use lemon juice to fry fish. It double the flavor.
  • Keep the gas flame to low for a well cooked crisp fish fry.
Fish fry ingredients

Fish : This is your choice of fish. My favourite are Pomfret, Surmai, Bangda and katla fish.

Spice powder : turmeric powder, red chilli powder, coriander powder and garam masala powder. You can also use cumin powder as well.

Ginger garlic paste ,: For best result use homemade ginger garlic paste to marinate the fish.

Others : Lemon juice, salt and cooking oil.

Steps to make fish fry recipe

Cutting the fish

If you are using boneless fish fillet then trim them and cut into small cube size pieces and wash properly. 

Pat them dry completely using a kitchen towel or tissue paper.

I love fish fry with full fishes. Generally use medium size pomfret or bangda fish. For full fish fry carefully cut and remove all the inner organs and wash them 3 to 4 times to remove all dirt.

With a sharp knife make some small cuts (incision) on both sides of the fish. This cut marks help to marinate the fish properly.

1st marination

Take the fish pieces or full fish in a mixing bowl and add some ginger garlic paste, turmeric powder, lemon juice and salt. Mix everything nicely and keep aside for 10 to 15 minutes.

1st marinated fish pieces for fish fry recipe

Turmeric powder has some excellent natural antibiotic properties and whenever I prepare any seafood recipe I definitely use it. And I suggest to use it if you are making any fish or other seafoods.

It can immediately vanish any smell or odour from fish. 

2nd marination

In a mixing bowl add ginger garlic paste, red chilli powder, cumin powder, coriander powder, garam masala powder, lemon juice, salt and cooking oil. 

Give them a good mix and make a smooth masala paste to marinate the fish.

Fish fry masala in a bowl

You can add some chopped curry leaves or cilantro leaves in the marination. I love to use curry leaves which gives an aromatic flavour to the resulting fish fry.

Take the fish pieces one by one and apply this masala evenly from all sides. Similarly if using full fish then apply them on both sides. Make sure the masala enter the cut marks as well.

Applying masala on fish pieces for fish fry recipe

Keep them refrigerated for 2 to 3 hours to marinate and absorb all the flavours.

2nd marinated fish pieces for fish fry recipe

Frying the fish

After the marination period, bring the fish and keep at room temperature for 10 minutes.

Heat a pan or tawa over medium heat flame gas with some cooking oil or olive oil. When the oil become hot lower the flame to low.

Now place the fish pieces one by one over the oil on the pan and fry for 2 minutes. 

Frying fish in a pan for fish fry recipe

When that side become charred and crisp flip them carefully to other side and cook further for another 2 minutes. Keep the gas flame to low while frying them. 

Lightly charred and crisp fish pieces for fish fry recipe

Low flame help to make them crisp and we'll cooked. Fry them by flipping from one side to another till crisp golden and cooked.

Crisp fish fry pieces on a pan or tawa

Remove them in a absorbent paper to absorb any excess oil from them and serve hot.

For full fish fry

Similarly place the marinated full fish on pan or tawa and cook till one side get nicely charred and crisp.

Frying two full fish on pan or tawa for fish fry recipe

Then flip them to another side and cook further till done and crisp.

Crisp golden two full fish fry on the pan or tawa

Remove and serve hot.

What to do with leftover fish fry?

You can refrigerated the leftover fish fry for upto 24 hours and use later by reheating them or microwave them.

Otherwise you can add them to make some fish curry like Punjabi fish curry or bengali fish curry. These leftover fish fry really works best in this curries.

What is the best fish to fry?

You can almost fry any type of fish with this recipe method. Here are some of my favorite fish that are best to fry

  • Pomfret
  • Bangda (Indian Mackerel)
  • Surmai
  • Rohu
  • Bombil
  • Katla
  • Tilapia
  • Cod
Serving two full fish fry in a serving plate

How long do you fry fish for?

Generally it takes 4 to 5 minutes to fry boneless cubes of fish pieces to become crisp and well cooked. 

And for full fish it takes 7 to 8 minutes to fry and we'll cooked.

Can I fry fish without flour?

Yes you can fry fish without any flour. There are some recipes which requires flour to coat them like fish fingers and fish and chips. These are generally deep fried fish recipe. But at home you can comfortably shallow fry or pan fry fish without any flour coating. Fry them on low heat and they will become crisp golden like them.

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Fish fry recipe

Serving two crisp fish fry in a serving plate for fish fry recipe

Fish fry recipe at home with marinated spice masala. Crisp and delicious pan fried fish are excellent as a side dish with curry and gravies.

Prep time 30 min cook time 10 min serve 2

Author Mobasir hassan

Ingredients

  • 250 gm fish (pieces or full)
  • 2 tablespoon cooking oil
First marination
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/2 teaspoons ginger garlic paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • Small pinch of salt
Second marination
  • 1/2 tablespoon red chilli powder
  • 1/3 tablespoon turmeric powder
  • 1/3 tablespoon cumin powder
  • 1/3 tablespoon coriander powder
  • 1/4 tablespoon garam masala powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon ginger garlic paste
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 tablespoon salt or as per taste
  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil

Instructions

  1.  If using boneless fish fillet then cut them into small bite size pieces and wash nicely. Pat them dry completely using a kitchen towel or tissue paper.
  2. And if using whole fish then cut and remove all inner organs and wash properly to remove all dirt. Using a sharp knife make some small cut marks on both sides the fish.
First marinating
  1. Take the fish pieces in a mixing bowl and add the ginger garlic paste, turmeric powder, lemon juice and salt.
  2. Mix everything nicely and keep aside to marinate for 10 minutes. 
Second marinating
  1. In a mixing bowl, add ginger garlic paste, red chilli powder, turmeric powder, cumin powder, coriander powder and garam masala powder.
  2. Then pour lemon juice, cooking oil and salt. Give them a good mix and make a smooth masala paste without any lump.
  3. Now take the first marinated fish pieces and apply this on them nicely one by one.
  4. For full fish pieces apply the marinate inside the cut marks as well.
  5. Make sure the fish pieces are coated evenly from all sides. Cover and keep them refrigerated to marinate for 2 to 3 hours to absorb the flavours. 
Making fish fry
  1. Bring the marinated fish from the fridge and keep at room temperature for 5 to 7 minutes.
  2. Heat 2 tablespoon cooking oil in a pan or tawa over medium heat flame gas.
  3. When the oil become hot lower the flame to low and place the fish pieces carefully one by one.
  4. Fry the fish pieces for 2 minutes then flip them to another side carefully and cook further for 2 minutes.
  5. Fry them for 5 to 6 minutes by flipping from one side to another till they become crisp and nicely browned.
  6. Remove them on a absorbent paper to absorb any excess oil and serve immediately.
  7. Similarly you can fry the full fish on the pan. Flip them similarly and fry till both side become crisp brown. A full fish fry takes around 7 to 8 minutes for well cooked.

                                Video

Fish fry video

                                 Nutritional value

Serving size 100 g Indian Mackerel (bangda)

  • Calorie : 305
  • Fats  : 25 g
  • Protein : 19 g
  • Carbohydrate :  0           

                                  Recipe notes

  • You can add some besan(gram flour) in second marination to deep fry them.
  • While shallow frying (pan fry) keep the heat flame to low for a crispy fish fry.

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