Kerala Style Fish Fry (Step-by-step Recipe)

by Rachna
pink perch fry

Pink Perch is a white flesh pink fish that is very tasty and nutritious. I had it for the first time when I visited Kerala and was hooked. This Kerala style fish fry is served with rice and a simple veg salad. I served it with a mild coconut rice and it was the perfect complement to its fiery taste. This is a really easy recipe. Do try it.

pink perch fry

Here’s how to make Kerala style fish fry:

Preparation Time – 30 minutes

Cooking Time – 20 minutes

Ingredients:

Pink Perch Fish or use any firm fish – 1.1 lb or 1/2 kg

Ginger garlic Paste – 1/2 teaspoon per fish

Turmeric Powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Chilli Powder – 1 teaspoon

Pepper Powder – 1 teaspoon

Lemon Juice – 1 teaspoon

Salt – To taste

Some water

1 sprig curry leaves

Coconut oil or any other vegetable oil for shallow frying

Recipe:

Clean and wash the fish. Make slits on both sides and keep aside.

To make the marinade paste

Add ginger garlic paste, turmeric powder, chilli powder, pepper powder, salt, lemon juice and mix well. Add 2 tsp. of water to make a thick paste.

Marinate the fish with this masala paste, making sure to put into slits and cavities. Keep aside for 15 minutes.

To shallow fry fish

Heat coconut oil in a pan. Make sure it is medium hot. Now carefully place the fish in hot oil and let it fry.

Takes about 3-4 minutes on one side depending upon the size of the fish.

Turn the fish to the other side carefully and let it fry till cooked. Take it out and serve hot. Your pink perch fry is ready.

pink perch fry

Pro-Tips

  1. Always choose fresh fish. You can choose any other firm fish in place of pink perch.
  2. Don’t overcook the fish. Remember it continues to cook even after it is taken out.
  3. Don’t make your marinade runny. Keep it thick so that the paste stays on the fish well.
  4. This is a spicy recipe. If you want less heat reduce the quantity of chilli powder and pepper powder.
  5. You can use any other vegetable oil in place of coconut oil if you so need.
  6. Always keep the level of oil for shallow frying in the pan so that half the fish is immersed in it.
  7. When you turn the fish, it takes lesser time to cook than it did on the first side.
  8. You can use fish like mackerel, rawas or Indian salmon or any other firm fish in place of pink perch.
pink perch fry
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Kerala style fish Fry Recipe

This Kerala style Fish Fry is a really tasty spicy shallow fried fish recipe that is super easy to make. Check out my step-by-step recipe and serve at home.

Course Appetizer/Side Dish
Cuisine Kerala, South Indian
Keyword fish fry, pink perch fry
recipe pink perch fry
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Marination time 15 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 207 kcal
Author Rachna Parmar

Ingredients

  • 1.1 lb Pink Perch Fish or 1/2 Kg.
  • 1/2 tsp. Ginger garlic Paste per fish
  • 1/2 tsp. Turmeric Powder
  • 1 tsp. Chilli Powder
  • 1 tsp. Pepper Powder
  • 1 tsp. Lemon Juice
  • Salt to taste
  • Some water
  • 1 sprig curry leaves
  • Coconut oil or any other vegetable oil for shallow frying

Instructions

  1. Clean and wash the fish. Make slits on both sides and keep aside.

To make the marinade paste

  1. Add ginger garlic paste, turmeric powder, chilli powder, pepper powder, salt, lemon juice and mix well. Add 2 tsp. of water to make a thick paste.
  2. Marinate the fish with this masala paste, making sure to put into slits and cavities. Keep aside for 15 minutes.

To shallow fry fish

  1. Heat coconut oil in a pan. Make sure it is medium hot. Now carefully place the fish in hot oil and let it fry.
  2. Takes about 3-4 minutes on one side depending upon the size of the fish.
  3. Turn the fish to the other side carefully and let it fry till cooked.
  4. Add 1 sprig curry leaves to the oil.

  5. Take it out and serve hot.
  6. Your pink perch fry is ready.

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

1. Always choose fresh fish. You can use any other firm fish in place of pink perch if you can’t find it.
2. Don’t overcook the fish. Remember it continues to cook even after it is taken out.
3. Don’t make your marinade runny. Keep it thick so that the paste stays on the fish well.
4. This is a spicy recipe. If you want less heat reduce the quantity of chilli powder and pepper powder.
5. You can use any other vegetable oil in place of coconut oil if you so need.
6. Always keep the level of oil for shallow frying in the pan so that half the fish is immersed in it.
7. When you turn the fish, it takes lesser time to cook than it did on the first side.

8. Serve your hot pink perch fry with your meal or with flavoured rice like coconut rice.

Nutrition Facts
Kerala style fish Fry Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 207 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 59mg20%
Sodium 128mg6%
Potassium 571mg16%
Carbohydrates 2g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 25g50%
Vitamin A 955IU19%
Vitamin C 9mg11%
Calcium 33mg3%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Serve your Kerala style fish fry with your meal or with flavoured rice like coconut rice.

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Shantala March 18, 2020 - 7:07 pm

5 stars
I haven’t ever tried this fish, but I’ll keep an eye out for it now. Not sure if we get it here in US, but will definitely try to find it.

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