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Kerala Style Fish Fry ( Meen varuthathu)

Fish steaks marinated with spices and then shallow fried. It's an easy and a great appetizer and also goes well with rice.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Indian, kerala
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 3 serving
Author Jane Jojo


  • 1/2 kg fish (4-5 steak)
  • coconut oil


  • 1/4 Teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 tablespoon chilli powder
  • 1 tablespoon pepper powder (fresh)
  • 1 tablespoon ginger garlic paste
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp lime juice
  • 2 sprigs curry leaves


  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 :)

Recipe Notes

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.