Fried fish- Marinated in Ground Coconut Paste

Fried fish

Fried fish

I haven’t been very adventurous on trying new recipes for preparing fried fish; the truth being the family likes fried fish prepared the traditional way. The traditional recipe we follow or I know is this. But me liking to do something different every time I cook, went ahead with a variation. I knew this variation would be welcomed since its one of the staple ingredients in Kerala cuisine ;coconut. I added some freshly grated coconut to the spice mixture and voila it tasted great. It added a wonderful crunchy texture to the fish.

Fried fish

The fish is marinated, in a ground coconut paste with Indian spices and fresh ingredients, for an hour and then shallow fried in coconut oil. The fish can also be grilled in an oven, or even steamed, for a healthier option.


Sherry fish; medium size- cleaned and cut – 2 nos.

Coconut; freshly grated- 5 tblsp.

Red chilli powder- 1 tblsp

Turmeric powder- ¼ tblsp

Coriander powder- 3/4  tblsp.

Garam masala- ½  tsp.

Ginger- garlic; minced- 1 tsp

Curry leaves- a handful

Salt- to taste

Coconut oil- 1 tblsp + for frying


  • Grind together all the ingredients with a tablespoon of oil; except for the fish and the oil for frying.
  • Marinate the fish in the ground paste for an hour at room temperature.
  • Heat coconut oil, to shallow fry, in a skillet.
  • Turn the heat to medium high and add the marinated fish pieces.
  • Fry each side for 4-5 mins, until the fish is cooked and golden brown on the outside.
  • Drain the fish on a paper towel to remove excess oil.
  • Garnish with fresh curry leave, and serve hot

19 Comments Add yours

  1. Preeti Singh says:

    This is awesome . Am def going to try it ……..Thanks for posting .

    1. Preveena says:

      Thank you Preeti! Let me know your feedback when you try the recipe 🙂

  2. Janet Rörschåch says:

    This looks so fantastic…..the photos are exceptional.

    1. Preveena says:

      Thank you so much Janet! Your comment just made my day! 🙂

  3. Sanjana says:

    Fried fish! Always a favorite! 🙂

    1. Preveena says:

      🙂 yes… its always a favourite lunch time dish at home…

  4. i think indian and indonesian food is actualy infused each other..
    we used to call the seasoning as bumbu padang or padangnese spice, a province in Indonesian

    1. Preveena says:

      I believe Thai, Malaysian, Indonesian and Indian cuisine have many similarities…. i am learning a lot from you and your blog too about your cuisine. 🙂

  5. sybaritica says:

    Lovely recipe and technique. It is a shame my wife hates coconut… Any ideas to substitute?

    1. Preveena says:

      Hi John! Coconut is the essence of this dish, its has a beautiful flavour. I cannot think of a substitute or you could check out this recipe which is a simple version without coconut.

  6. laurasmess says:

    Oh yum… this looks so, so delicious! I love any fried fish dishes, especially with a nice spicy coating on the skin! I’m wondering what a sherry fish is though? Not sure that we get them over here. Love the look of the firm flesh though! Thanks for the gorgeous recipe Preveena! xx

    1. Preveena says:

      Hey Laura! Sherry is a local fish.I am not sure if you can find them at your place. You can adapt the marinade to other similar kinds of fish like the Red emperor.

      1. laurasmess says:

        Ah I definitely know Red Emperor, and Snapper is probably similar. Thanks so much… I’ll definitely give this a go soon. I’ll let you know if I do your recipe justice! 🙂

      2. Preveena says:

        Laura! I hope you enjoy this recipe 🙂

  7. Insight says:

    YUMMY! Will definitely try this next time at my schedule in kitchen. 😀 🙂


    1. Preveena says:

      🙂 i hope you enjoy this recipe.

      1. Insight says:

        Yes, Of course! That’s the reason why I’m gonna try it at home. 😀


      2. Preveena says:

        Thank you Rahul!

      3. Insight says:

        You are most welcome! 🙂


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