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Fish steaks marinated with spices and then shallow fried. A very common dish at a South Indian home. It’s an easy and a great appetizer and also goes well with rice.  You can use King Fish, Seer Fish, Pomfret, Malabar Travelly, Salmon and Tilapia.

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  • Course Appetizer
  • Cuisine Indian, kerala
  • Yield 3 serving
  • Cooking Time 15 minutes
  • Preparation Time 5 minutes
  • Total Time 20 minutes


fish (4-5 steak)
1/2 kg
coconut oil
turmeric powder
1/4 Teaspoon
chilli powder
1 tablespoon
pepper powder (fresh)
1 tablespoon
ginger garlic paste
1 tablespoon
1/2 tsp
lime juice
1 tsp
curry leaves
2 sprigs


  1. Clean fish pieces and pat dry using a kitchen towel. Based on the kind of fish, cut the pieces accordingly. Make shallow cut marks on both sides of fish.
  2. Mix / grind the ingredients listed under marination. Add curry leaves as it is.
  3. Marinate fish with the masala and curry leaves. Keep it aside for 30 minutes.
  4. Heat oil in a flat pan. Shallow fry the fish pieces for 3 minutes on both sides or until done. Fry it over medium flame. Serve it with onion rings and lemon. Enjoy 🙂


I used pomfret for the fish fry. You can also use king fish, seer fish, salmon, tilapia and other fishes for the same recipe.
You can replace coconut oil with vegetable oil. Use coconut oil for authentic taste.
Kerala Style Fish Fry ( Meen varuthathu)

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