Fried Fish Fillets

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Serves 4

This is a basic recipe for simple fried fillet and the one I use most commonly at home. 

500 gm
fish fillet of your choice, cut into pieces
3 tsp
red chilli powder
2 tsp
1/4 tsp
turmeric powder
1/2 tsp
cumin powder
1/4 tsp
garlic paste
1/4 tsp
tandoori masala
lemon juice
(as needed)
oil for frying

Mix the chilli powder, salt, garlic, cumin, turmeric, tandoori masala and lemon juice to form a paste. This will be the marinade for the fish. Give it a taste to check that the salt is ok. It should be a bit on the salty side, but not too much.

Rub this onto the filleted pieces. Make sure you wear gloves whilst doing this otherwise your hands will burn from the chilli powder.

Refrugerate the fish in this marinade for at least 6 hours (keep it covered). I normally get a big batch of fish, marinate it like this and freeze for up to a month.

Now heat some oil in a frying pan preferably non-stick, then fry your fish fillets! Do not move them around in the oil at first. If you try and turn the piece and it feels like its stuck, let it fry for a minute or two more and it should release on its own. Fry both sides until golden brown.

Remove and drain excess oil, then blot on tissue paper. Serve with sliced potatoes in tomato gravy, spinach and rice or rotis or, if you like African food like I do, you may serve it with ugali/ E/African dish made out of maize-meal


I tried this lovely dish with hammour fillets it came out really well! I only marinaded it for an hour because I didn't have time. Yet the results were super! Thanks fauzia for this lovely recipe.

Jazakallah. For all the divine receipes.

Many thx for yr awesome recipes! Can u tell us how to make the tomato gravy for this?

can u plz tel me how to grill without oven...?

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

You can lightly fry on a non-stick pan until done. :)

assalam, do you have recipe of 'beignets de crevettes'? thanks

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

W/Salaam, sorry I don't have that recipe at the moment.

Its ok thanks anyway..

Asalamualaikam Fauzia. Thanks so much for these wonderful recipes. Can I just ask how much fish is supposed to be used for this recipe please? JazaKillah Khairan x

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

W/Salaam, thanks! Approx 500-700gm of fillet.

JazaKillah Khairan for the reply x

Can I freeze these fish after frying?

And if i freeze these do I need to let them come room temperature before frying?

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

You wrote above that you want to freeze the fish AFTER frying. Do you want to then refry the fish after it thaws? I would not recommend frying the fish twice as you will end up with very dry fish. You can freeze the fish raw, then let it come to room temperature before you fry it. :)

My second question not depends on d first.:) I dint meant to fry it twice.wanted to knw dat how can i store these fish after frying(For weeks).anyway thnx fauzia !

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Oh ok, yes you can store them after frying, just wrap them up well and warm them up in a hot oven or on a hot pan before serving.

Slm jazakallah khairan

Assalamualaikum warahmathullahi wabarakhathuhu . Jazakhallahu khair for the recipe . Vry tasty :-)

Asalamalaikum, I messaged a few days ago but haven't had a reply. My question was what type of frying do you mean, deep or shallow fry? Jzk

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W/Salaam, either way is fine, I mostly just shallow fry.