Kerala Style Fish Fry (Meen Varuthathu) Recipe

Kerala Style Fish Fry (Meen Varuthathu) Recipe

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One of my fav food!! This is one item which I find very hard to resist. However, I don’t make it that often. I usually go for fish curry. Other day when we went to buy fish, we were lucky to get a fresh catch of king fish. When I was asked whether the pieces should be separated for curry and fry, I didn’t think twice. How could I resist the joy of having a fresh neimeen (king fish) fry, its really bad to say “NO” to such simple pleasures of life, isn’t it ;)???

Regarding the recipe, I am taking bail in  advance. I don’t have exact measurement for this. Sometimes I feel like adding more garlic, sometimes I want to add a pinch of garam masala and so it goes. The recipe given below is the standard one and you can play with it as you like.

Fish Fry 1

Here is the recipe:

Kerala Fish Fry (Meen Varuthathu)
Author: 
Recipe type: Appetiser, Side Dish, Starter, finger Food
Cuisine: Indian, South Indian, Kerala
Serves: 3-4
 
Ingredients
  • King fish steaks - 4-5 of medium size
  • Ginger & garlic paste - 1- 1½tsp each
  • Kashmiri chilly powder - 1 - 1½ tsp
  • Turmeric powder - ¼ tsp
  • Whole pepper - ¼- 1/2 tsp
  • Lime juice - 1-2 tsp
  • Salt
  • Coconut oil
Instructions
  1. Apply little salt and lime juice on the fish pieces and wash it with water. Drain the water. Grind together ingredients listed from ginger- garlic to salt into a fine paste adding a little water. Make gashes in the fish pieces and marinate the pieces with the ground paste. Keep the marinated fish for half an hour. Heat oil in a pan and shallow fry the fish pieces.Serve with onion rings and a slice of lime.
Notes
Please adjust the qty of spices to suit your taste. The ground paste should not be watery (1/2 - 1 tsp of water is enough while grinding the masala). I usually fry the fish pieces on low-medium flame. Also you can add some fresh curry leaves while frying the fish pieces. You can use the same masala for any kind of fish.

 

  1. King fish steaks – 4-5 of medium size
  2. Ginger & garlic paste – 1- 1 1/2tsp each
    Kashmiri chilly powder – 1 – 1 1/2 tsp
    Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
    Whole pepper – 1/4- 1/2 tsp
    Lime juice – 1-2 tsp
    Salt
  3. Coconut oil

Apply little salt and lime juice on the fish pieces and wash it with water. Drain the water. Grind together number 2 ingredients into a fine paste adding a little water. Make gashes in the fish pieces and marinate the pieces with the ground paste. Keep the marinated fish for half an hour. Heat oil in a pan and shallow fry the fish pieces.Serve with onion rings and a slice of lime.

Notes: Please adjust the qty of spices to suit your taste. The ground paste should not be watery (1/2 – 1 tsp of water is enough while grinding the masala). I usually fry the fish pieces on low-medium flame. Also you can add some fresh curry leaves while frying the fish pieces. You can use the same masala for any kind of fish.

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  • http://varshaspaceblog.blogspot.com varsha

    I make it the same,add some shallots n curry leaves to the list ..thats it..the pic kills..I want some fish fry now..:(

  • http://indosungod.blogspot.com indosungod

    Oh Yes! Got to enjoy the simple pleasures of life. This is one of the best ways :) Looks delicious.

  • http://riascollection.blogspot.com/ Ria

    Nalla onnandharam meen varuthathu! Lovely snaps Maria!

  • http://thepassionatecookinme.blogspot.com/ Ann

    What a presentation Maria..I make the smae way though..jus like you wrote,i add pinch of garam masala at times too..yummy

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/ashasusan Asha

    Looks so perfectly fried!
    I add a pinch of fenugreek powder (uluva-podi) to the mix also.

  • Manju

    wow yummy..

  • http://www.shabscuisine.blogspot.com Shabs

    Wooowww….what a beauty…when I fast i feel like eating anything and everything and this one……droooooooooooling!!

  • sandhya

    looks perfect…. my hubby would love these… did u cut these into thin slices…

  • http://paritaskitchen.blogspot.com/ Parita

    Gorgeous click !!

  • http://bengalicuisine.net Sudeshna

    Ah, I just love fish fries. We are not used to having fish fried in coconut oil though. At home we just sprinkle the fish with turmeric powder and salt and fry it in mustard oil.

  • TARA

    Hi maria,..
    i’m a great fan of ur site,..the photos of ur receipes are itself mouth watering,..btw what is special for onam
    keep up the good work!!!

  • http://forkbootsandapalette.wordpress.com shebs

    i had guests last night and used ur recipe for fish fry..was great..thanks

    • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

      Hi Shebs

      Thanks for dropping in and for trying out the recipe :)

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Chef

    Maria,
    How do we make ginger garlic paste?
    How much ginger and garlic should we consider? The grocery pastes are really not great.

    • http://www.rahulmadrid.wordpress.com/ Rahul_Madrid

      It’s simple: use equal quantities of ginger and garlic. Add a dash of olive oil and enough water to ensure that it becomes a paste, but not too much that it becomes runny.

      • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

        Thanks Rahul for sharing :)

  • Chef

    Some add coriander powder for fish fry. I havent done it yet.

  • http://mykitchentreats.blogspot.com/ Liz

    am going to try out ur recipe.. it looks so yummy

    • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

      Hi Liz,

      Thank you. Hope you will like it :)

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Balan

    keep going!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! delicious! Marvelous!

    • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

      Thanks Balan.

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Mrs. John

    This is more than enough for a newly wed with a husband crazy about fish fries thank you

    • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

      Hi Mrs. John,

      You are welcome :)

      Hope you like the recipes here…

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Reena Prakash

    ya, really a tasty fry. I do the same. but add some perunjeera powder too. adds the flavour & taste.

    • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

      Thanks Reena. I usually add perumjeera in all meat preparations and not much in fish.

      Will try it next time, Thanks for the tip :)

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Reena Prakash

    thanks Maria.. your recipes are just marvelous and simple even to read on. i try out on your recipes whenever i am doubtful…

    • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

      Hi Reena,

      Thanks dear for your kind words :) Pls continue to try the recipes and also share your feedback.

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Rakess soman

    Hi Maria….
    Thanks for a gud receipe…. Actually im staying with my friends in pune, on weeknds i try some thing in non veg.. I came across your other dishes … Fabulous ..
    Hope i ll try some of your recepies …
    Mean while keep adding and try new things and keep posted …

    • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

      Hi Rakess

      You are welcome! Thanks for your kind words…Please do try some recipes when from here, when time permits. hope you’ll like it too…

      Cheers
      Maria

  • http://kavitaskitchen.blogspot.com kavita

    Hi Maria,I got lukcy yesterday and got some fresh king fish while I was walking canal street in China Town and I was on the lookout for some southern recipes to prepare this fish essentially kerela & I stumbled upon your blog :) I am glad I did…you have some amazing recipes here.I am still looking for the fish recipe but thought will leave a comment as I had already come across many other exciting recipes.Thanks!!!

    • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

      Hi Kavita,

      Thanks for dropping in here and also for leaving a lovely comment :).

      Btw, I hope you had a wonderful meal with yummy fish fry. Hope to see you here again.

      Happy cooking!

      Cheers
      Maria

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  • Arun&Lekshmy

    Happy Easter Maria…

    We started trying from the Konchu Ularthiyathu..and now we are trying everything from your site..Got addicted i should say…And nice way of writing…
    Thanks a lot…

    • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

      Hi Arun & Lekshmy,

      Thanks for the wonderful comment. I’m glad that you are addicted to this space ;) Please keep trying the recipes when time permits…

      Best wishes!

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Lekshmikrishnakala

    your recipes are simple and good…

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thanks a lot Lekshmi!

  • Lekshmikrishnakala

    i tried ur konchu ularthiyathu…it ws superb…my husband s addicted to it…thanks alot….

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thanks Leskshmi! Good to hear that prawns recipe was liked by your family :)

      Cheers
      Maria

  • http://finedining-indian.blogspot.com/p/down-load-our-free-e-books_10.html Supriya@finediningindian.com

    fantastic recipe

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thank you !

  • smitha

    hi maria,i tried your some recepies,it was superb,really i want to say thank u 4 u.i will give ur name to my friends.sure.

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Smitha,

      Thanks a lot dear :) Nice to know that you like the recipes and thank you for recommending to your friends.

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Susan

    Hi Maria,

    Would appreciate if you can share the recipe of ‘Thoppumpady Karimeen Pollichathu’ where the fish is cooked without removing its scales.  Heard it tastes awesome.

    Regards,

    Susan

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Susan

      I’m hearing about this for the first time :) I’m not sure whether I’ll be able to post it,mainly because I dont eat fish with scales ;)

      However if I ever happen to see/meet somebody who cooks such a dish, I’ll try to get the recipe from them.

      Cheers
      Maria

      • Alwyn

        Fish is fried with scales.refer westbengal recipies
        It gives nice baked taste.and u have to eat hot.
        Remove scales while eating.

  • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

    yeah kumbalangi is very famous for seafood recipes. Anyways, I’ll keep in mind your suggestion and hope someday I could get the recipe of the same “_

    Cheers
    Maria

  • Sridevi Rajasekharan

    Hello Maria,

    I tried this recipe today and its the first time I am preparing fish fry… It came out really good and tastes yummy… Thank you so much for the recipe… :)

    Chinnu 

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Chinnu,

      You are welcome dear! great to know that fish fry worked out well for you in the first time itself :) Thanks for the comment.

      Cheers
      Maria

  • salini Menon

    hey maria, this recipe will surely be yummy. I prepare king fish fry using the same masalal except dat i also add green chillies & coriander leaves paste.

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thanks Salini! I havent tried fish fry with coriander leaves n green chillies, but I think it will def give a nice flavour :)

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Annet

    Instead of lime juice I add vinegar and its yummy too! :) Btw, I love your presentations!

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thanks Annet :)

  • sujitha

    YOUR DISHES ARE VERY EASY TO COOK

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thanks Sujitha :)

  • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

    Thanks Rahul! I do hope you get to try some of the recipes and like them too..

    Cheers
    Maria

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  • Smitha

    Add some curry leaves to the mix while grinding masala, it tastes really great !

  • alphonse

    hello sis,

    Am away from home not yet cooked anything but now i started cooking with your recipes, thanks miss my mom!!!!!!!!!!

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thanks Alphonse! Nice to know that this site helps you with cooking, all the best!

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Letha

    Hi Maria, How did you remove the king fish skin?
    I tried your kottayam style fish curry and it turned out to be really gud..Thx – Letha

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Letha,

      I usually get it removed from the vendor itself :)

      Nice to know that fish curry recipe worked out well for you, thank you!

      Cheers
      Maria

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