Homemade Cooking Recipes and Cooking Tips

Tilapia Fish Fry
Appetizer Fish Recipes

Pan Fried Crispy Whole Fish

Fried Fish Recipe

It’s been some weeks I had shared a fish recipe with you all. I got fresh Tilapia fish and was planning to prepare something special using this big fish. Initially I thought of grilling the same, but the recent posts of my blog was of grilling and barbecue recipes. So, how about trying a pan fried fish with double marination ?

Don’t get confused or worried with the word double marination. It is the process of making a marinade using spices and rubbing with it initially and later coating the marinated fish with all purpose flour. You can substitute all purpose flour with wheat flour for a healthier version of this recipe. But I had used all purpose flour since the taste is absolutely perfect with this batter.

Always make sure the fish is washed and cleaned properly. After cleaning, make closer gashes over the fish. It is to make the marinade reach the inner flesh of the fish, as it is a big fish. If there are less gashes, the marinade won’t get spread evenly on the inner side of the fish. So, making gashes using a sharp knife is an important part of this recipe.

I had taken the whole fish for this recipe,instead of dividing it into 2 to 3 parts. Take a large mixing bowl and add all the spices required for preparing the marinade. Mix well and rub it evenly on the fish. Leave it undisturbed for minimum of 30 minutes and then coat the marinated fish with all purpose flour. So, this becomes the second marinated coating over the first marination of fish using spices.

Heat oil in a pan, preferably non-stick pan. Add the fish to this hot oil. The flame should be low to medium. Do not flip the fish before it is done. You can see the fish will detach itself from the pan when one side is cooked completely. So, this is the time you need to flip the fish. Similarly cook the other side also.

Take out the fish from pan and transfer it to a plate. You can see that the outer layer of the fish is crispy and the inner flesh is too soft and fluffy. Serve this pan fried fish with fresh salads and special rices.

Russian salad is a good accompaniment for this pan fried fish.

Ingredients :

  1. Whole cleaned Tilapia – 1 big
  2. Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon
  3. Kashmiri chilli powder – 2 teaspoon
  4. Pepper powder – 1/2 teaspoon
  5. Ginger garlic paste – 1 teaspoon
  6. Lemon juice – 1/2 teaspoon
  7. All purpose flour – 2 teaspoon
  8. Salt – to taste
  9. Oil – to fry

Method of preparation :

  1. Wash and clean the fish properly.
  2. Make several gashes close to each other using a sharp knife.
  3. Take a large mixing bowl and add turmeric powder, kashmiri chilli powder, ginger garlic paste, pepper powder, lemon juice and salt.
  4. Mix the ingredients of the marinade and rub all over the fish and leave it undisturbed for minimum 30 minutes.
  5. Coat the marinated fish with flour. Wait till the flour gets moist over the fish.
  6. Heat oil in a pan and add the marinated fish to it. It will be better to use a non-stick pan.
  7. Fry the fish till both sides become golden brown in color.
  8. Serve hot with fresh salads and special rices.
Barbecue Prawns
Appetizer Fish Recipes

Barbecue Prawn Skewers

Barbecue Prawns Sqewers

Hello all, sharing an absolutely delicious sea food recipe with prawns, which is widely used worldwide. Prawns can be prepared in various ways. Prawns fry, prawns roast, prawns with coconut slices, prawns masala are some of the main recipes which we prepare commonly using prawns.

This is the recipe of barbecued prawns with skewers. I had used wooden skewers here and grilled the prawns in oven. The difficulty level of this recipe is “easy”. A beginner can easily go ahead with this recipe. The main part lies in the preparation of marinade. The prawns are cleaned and marinated with the prepared marinade for over 1 hour. This makes the prawns more juicier after grilling.

You can grill the prawns using a grilling machine or on stove top. While cooking prawns, keep close eye on the prawns to make sure they are not over cooked. Over cooking of prawns makes them rubbery and as a result, it will become hard to eat. So cook them in such a way that you get hot, juicy and tender prawns barbecue. When the flesh becomes strong and firm, you can stop cooking.

It will be good if you de-vein the prawns if they are bigger in size. Use a sharp knife or scissors to make a long incision down the length of the back. Then slowly remove the vein (which is black in colour) from the prawns. Then you can add the prawns to the marinating bowl.

Barbecued prawns are a good accompaniment for basmati rice. The flavour of the prawns gets easily sinked with the basmati rice and that is such a heavenly combination. You can also serve this prawns as starters for the parties. Nowadays, prawns play a major part in party starters. They can be served along with chutneys or your favorite sauces. A fresh vegetable salad, along with the barbecued prawns will help to enhance the flavour of the prawns and make your tummy happy.

Ingredients :

  1. Prawns – 250 g
  2. Sunflower oil or olive oil – 1 tablespoon
  3. Sqewers – 4 to 5
  4. Chopped coriander leaves – 1 tablespoon

For Marinade :

  1. Kashmiri chilli powder – 1 teaspoon
  2. Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon
  3. Pepper powder – 1/2 teaspoon
  4. Ginger garlic paste – 1 teaspoon
  5. Barbecue sauce – 1 teaspoon
  6. Lemon juice – 1 teaspoon
  7. Salt – to taste

Method of preparation :

  1. Wash and clean the prawns by removing the shell and de-veining it.
  2. Take a large mixing bowl and add kashmiri chilli powder, turmeric powder, pepper powder, barbecue sauce, ginger garlic paste, lemon juice and salt.
  3. Add the prawns to the mixing bowl and marinate well using the marinade.
  4. Keep them undisturbed for 1 hour. This will make our prawns more tastier after grilling.
  5. After that, grill the prawns in oven or grill or stove top based on your preference.
  6. Preheat the oven to 200°C (I had grilled the prawns in oven)
  7. Sqew the prawns on sqewers and brush the marinated prawns with oil.
  8. Grill the prawns for 10 to 12 minutes. Do not overcook the prawns as they may turn rubbery.
  9. Once done, sprinkle some coriander leaves to garnish and serve them hot with chutney or sauce of your choice.
Unakkameen podi
Fish Recipes

Dry Fish Chutney | Unakkameen Podi

Dry Fish Chutney

Unakkameen podi is the mixture of fried dry fish and shredded coconut, which is blended to form a chutney powder. It is also called by the name unakkameen chammanthi. You can use any kind of dry fish for this recipe. I had used dry shark since it was easily available in my place. This dish can be easily prepared and is one of the best side dish for rice gruel or rice porridge.
Dry fish pieces are first soaked in water to remove the excess salt in them. They are then marinated and fried. Coarse them in a mixer along with shallots and dry red chillies. Now add grated coconut and blend once again. This coconut and dry fish mixture are then cooked in hot oil for few minutes. I can say that, this is an amazing side dish for rice. Do try the recipe at your home also.

Course – Side dish

Cuisine – Kerala

Cooking Time – 15 minutes

Serves – 5

Ingredients :

1. Dry fish (shark or any fish)- 250 g

2. Kashmiri chilli powder – 1 tablespoon

3. Shallots – 8

4. Dry red chillies – 7

5. Grated coconut – 1 cup

6. Curry leaves – 1 sprig

7. Salt – optional

8. Coconut oil – 2 tbspn

Method of Preparation :

  1. Clean and cut the dry fish into pieces.
  2. Take a vessel, add the fish pieces. Then add water to the vessel to remove the excess salt from the dry fish pieces.
  3. Keep it undisturbed for 1 hour.
  4. After 1 hour, marinate the fish pieces with kashmiri chilli powder.
  5. Heat oil in a pan and fry the fish pieces.
  6. Keep the fried fish pieces aside. You can remove the thorn of fish and take out only the flesh portion, if the fish pieces are big.
  7. Blend together fried fish pieces, shallots and dry red chillies in a mixer for 10 seconds.
  8. To the same mixer, add grated coconut and blend coarsely. Do not make fine powder.
  9. Add this mixture to the pan which we had fried the fish.
  10. Saute the fish powder in the same oil for 3 to 4 minutes.
  11. Add curry leaves to the pan and mix everything well.
  12. You can serve along with boiled rice, boiled tapiocas, etc.
Punjabi Style Fried Fish
Fish Recipes

Punjabi Fish Fry

Punjabi Style Fried Fish

Punjabi fish fry is also called as Amritsari fish fry. Amritsari fish fry is the favourite fish fry recipe of Amritsar in Punjab, which is in Northern part of India. In this recipe, a spicy batter is prepared and the succulent slices of fish are coated with this batter and fried till golden brown in colour. This fish fry can be served as an appetizer or starter along with mint chutney.

This is a very easy to do recipe. The coating is light and crunchy, whereas the inner part is juicy and you all will definitely love the texture. You need only minimum ingredients to prepare the batter to fry the fish.

For this recipe, we normally use fresh water fish or white fish fillets. Keep the fish pieces for marination for minimum half an hour. It will make sure that the fish pieces are completely coated and covered with the prepared batter. The presence of gram flour makes it different and distinct from the other fish fry recipes which you have tried.

Before adding the marinated fish pieces, make sure the oil has become hot enough to fry the fish pieces. The fragrance of frying this fish in oil makes our mouth watering. Try out this easy and less ingredient fish fry at your home and enjoy with meals.

Ingredients :

Any white-fleshed fish – 500 g

Garlic pods – 10

Garam masala – 3/4 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 3/4 teaspoon

Ground cumin seeds – 3/4 teaspoon

Chilli powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Gram flour – 2 tablespoon

Juice of one large lemon

Salt – to taste

Method of preparation :

1. Clean and cut the fish into thin slices.

2. Grind garlic to a paste and extract juice and then blend it with lemon juice and spices.

3. Marinate the fish pieces with the seasoned lemon juice and allow it to rest for half hour.

4. Roll the marinated fish pieces gently on the gram flour.

5. Deep fry the fish pieces till crisp and golden colour.

6. Drain thoroughly and serve hot.

Coconut milk Fish Curry
Fish Recipes

Tomato and Fish with Coconut Milk

Tomato and Fish with Coconut milk

In this dish, fish pieces are simmered in coconut milk which are then tempered with curry leaves providing an amazing fragrance and a delicious curry. Yes, that is how it feels like cooking fish pieces in coconut milk. Last few weeks I was trying out various recipes of fried fish. So, today I thought to have a healthy meal by avoiding oil. That is when the coconut milk fish curry came into my mind.

This is a 40 minute simple recipe of fish curry. The only time consuming part is the extraction of thick and thin coconut milk. This recipe serves 3 to 4 people. The addition of coconut milk provides a naturally sweet flavour and creamy texture to this curry.

For a sour taste, I had used tomatoes instead of kokum. I got this recipe from mom during my recent visit to my home. It was already the time for lunch and I saw that the fish pieces were not yet cooked. But, 20 minutes later I could find a mouth watering fish curry in our dining table. All the initial works like chopping of vegetables, extraction of coconut milk were completely done earlier. So, my mom could prepare the fish curry under 20 minutes.

The reason behind this taste is the boiling of fish in thin coconut milk. The fish pieces gets completely coated with the spices and coconut milk. Once the fish is cooked, switch off the flame. Tempering and adding of thick coconut milk are done later.

Check out this easy and simple fish curry whenever you want to stay away from fried foods and sauces.

Ingredients :

  • Fish pieces – 500 g
  • Onions chopped finely – 3
  • Tomatoes cut in thin round shape – 2
  • Finely chopped ginger – 3/4 tablespoon
  • Finely chopped garlic – 6 pods
  • Thin coconut milk – 2 cups
  • Thick coconut milk – 1 cup
  • Green chillies – 2
  • Dry red chillies – 4
  • Curry leaves – 2 sprig
  • Mustard seeds – 1 tsp
  • Fenugreek seeds – 1 tsp
  • Coconut oil – 4 tsp
  • Salt – as required

Method of preparation :

  • Mix onion, green chillies, garlic, ginger and 2 tsp of coconut oil in a pan
  • Rub them using hand and add thin coconut milk to it
  • Now add fish pieces, tomatoes, salt and curry leaves and keep on fire with the lid closed
  • Boil the curry and cook the fish pieces till the oil floats on top of the curry
  • Once the fish pieces are completely cooked, switch off the flame
  • Add thick coconut milk to the curry and stir well
  • Heat remaining 2 teaspoon of oil in a tadka or small pan and add mustard seeds, fenugreek seeds, dry red chillies and curry leaves
  • Add it to the fish curry and mix well
  • Serve this delicious fish curry with boiled rice.
Prawns fry is an easy and quick recipe of prawns which is absolutely delicious and can enrich your taste buds.
Fish Recipes

Tiger Prawns Fry

Tiger Prawns Fry

Prawns are one of the main course under sea food dishes. Lots of recipes can be tried out with prawns. Prawns roast, prawns ghee roast, prawns masala, prawns fry, prawns biryani and so on. Prawns fry is the most easiest recipe where prawns can be prepared under 15 minutes excluding the time for marination.

Prawns fry is an easy and quick recipe of prawns which is absolutely delicious and can enrich your taste buds. I bet you will finish the plate in no time. There are many versions of frying the prawns. Here I had marinated the tiger prawns with a prepared masala and left it undisturbed for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, prawns were put on to fry in hot oil.

The time consuming part is only in the cleaning of prawns. Tiger prawns are bigger in size, hence can be cleaned easily. Initially you have to remove the outer shell of the prawns. Then remove the vein on the top part of the prawns. After de-veining, you can wash and clean the tiger prawns. If you are too much aware of the fishy smell, you can use vinegar or lime juice to clean the prawns.

Prawns fry is actually a great starter. Nowadays, prawns fry occupies a major place in parties, marriage receptions, festive occasions, etc. Having hot prawns fry with a dip of tomato ketchup or mayonnaise and the sound of music in parties feels amazing right ?

The speciality of this recipe is that there are no much ingredients to prepare and chop. Only a single onion needs to be chopped. Rest is the masala preparation using powders and ginger garlic paste. The cleaned prawns are mixed well with the prepared masala. Make sure that the tiger prawns gets completely coated with this masala. Then it is kept for marination.

The most important point to be noted is about frying. Do not over fry the prawns. Prawns become harder when it is fried for a long time. Try out this easy home made tiger prawns recipe with minimum ingredients.

Ingredients :

  • Prawns – 250 g
  • Lemon juice – 2 teaspoon
  • Turmeric powder – 1 teaspoon
  • Kashmiri chilli powder – 1 teaspoon
  • Pepper powder – 3/4 teaspoon
  • Ginger garlic paste – 2 teaspoon
  • Salt – as needed
  • Oil – 2 tablespoon
  • Onion chopped – 1
  • Vinegar – 1 tablespoon
  • Coriander leaves – to garnish

Method of Preparation :

  • Wash, clean and de-vein the prawns
  • Use vinegar and little salt to remove the fishy smell
  • Take a mixing bowl and add the tiger prawns
  • Now add turmeric powder, kashmiri chilli powder, pepper powder, lemon juice and ginger garlic paste to the bowl
  • Add required salt and mix this masala with the tiger prawns evenly
  • Keep aside to rest for 30 minutes
  • Heat oil in a kadai and add the marinated tiger prawns to it
Tiger prawns frying
  • Once the prawns starts to swirl, add chopped onions and saute well
  • Continue to fry again and when the prawns are completely swirled up, you can switch off the flame
  • Transfer the fried tiger prawns to a plate and garnish it with coriander leaves
Tiger Prawns Fry
  • Serve hot with rice, ghee rice, or as starter.
Tiger Prawns Fry
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