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Tilapia Fish Fry
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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.
Grilled Fish
Fish Recipes

Grilled Fish

Grilled fish tastes excellent. In grilling the food to be prepared is placed on a grill (barbecue grill) and is cooked by radiating heat.

We need to marinate fish before grilling. The  fish can be steeped with a rich-tasting “marinade”. This marinade can give an aromatic and flavourful coating to the fish.

White fishes are excellent for grilling. The commonly used fishes are sea bass, halibut, mahi-mahi, escolar, wild cod, etc. Whole fillet or larger pieces of fishes can be used for grilling.

In this recipe, a flavourful paste is prepared and the fish is completely coated with this paste. After coating, the marinated fish is allowed to rest for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, you can preheat the oven and grill the fish.

Oven grilled fish


  • Fish – 1 medium size
  • Ginger garlic paste – 1 teaspoon
  • Shallots – 6
  • Curry leaves – 1 sprig
  • Turmeric powder- 1/2 teaspoon
  • Kashmiri chilli powder- 1.5 teaspoon
  • Pepper powder- 1 teaspoon
  • Lemon juice – 1 teaspoon
  • Salt – 1 teaspoon (adjust as per your taste)
  • Oil – 1 teaspoon

Method of preparation:

  • Wash and clean the fish thoroughly, by putting cuts on it
  • Using a mixer, grind the shallots and curry leaves
  • Take a bowl and then add turmeric powder, kashmiri chilli powder and pepper powder
  • Add ginger garlic paste and grinded shallot paste
  • Add salt and lemon juice also
  • Now, apply this prepared masala over the fish
  • Make sure that the masala is applied inside the cuts and both sides of the fish evenly
  • Marinate the fish and allow it to rest for half hour
  • Brush oil on both sides of the fish and oven plate inorder to avoid sticking of fish
  • Preheat the oven for 10 minutes and then grill the fish for 30 minutes
  • Grill on both sides, until the fish becomes golden brown in colour
  • Garnish the fish using parsley leaves, onion, etc
  • Squeeze a lemon on the top of fish, if you like a tangy taste
  • You can also add your favourite vegetables into the oven pan for grilling along with the fish.
Fish Recipes

Fish Pie


  • Fish pieces(boiled with salt and bones removed)- 1/2 kg
  • Oil – 1.5 tbspn
  • Onion finely chopped- 1 large
  • Green chillies chopped- 2
  • Ginger- 1/2 inch,ground to paste
  • Potato-1,boiled and mashed
  • Tomato-1,finely sliced

For the sauce :

  • 2 eggs
  • Milk – 1/2 cup
  • Water – 3/4 cup
  • Butter- 50 gm
  • Flour – 2 tbspn
  • Pepper powder- 1/2 tspn
  • Salt – to taste

Method of preparation:

  • Heat the oil and fry onions,chillies to a light brown colour
  • Add ginger paste and stir for 2 minutes
  • Mix the fish,mashed potatoes and sufficient salt
  • Set aside

Sauce :

  • Melt the butter in a frying pan,sprinkle flour and stir gently
  • Pour the milk and water to it
  • Stir continuously to avoid the formation of lumps
  • Add the beaten egg yolks with a little water,salt and pepper powder to the sauce
  • Mix this sauce with the fish- potato mixture along with the tomatoes
  • Now beat the egg white stiffly and fold them lightly in the mixture
  • Turn it to a pie dish which has been oiled previously
  • Preheat the oven and bake for 25 to 30 minutes
  • Serve hot.
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