Kerala Sea food

Fried Sea Bass- Marinated In A Homemade Marinade, Kerala Recipe

Flavourful & aromatic fried sea bass…

One of the popular seafood dishes in Kerala is fried fish. Fish can be marinated with simple spices like chili powder, turmeric powder & salt or a marinade can be made by grinding whole spices, ginger & garlic. This kind of marinade will impart a nice aroma & flavour to the fish.

Fried fish, fish curry, thoran & rice is a typical Kerala lunch enjoyed by all Keralites. When the fish is marinated in this amazing marinade, we can’t stop with just 1 fried fish, will ask for more.

I’ve used whole sea bass, any kind of fish like king fish, sea bream, sardines, mackerel, pomfret, etc can be used.

Marinated Sea Bass


Fried Sea Bass- Marinated In A Homemade Marinade, Kerala Recipe
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Cuisine: Indian
  • Whole sea bass or any kind of fish- 1
  • Coconut oil- ¼ cup
  • Curry leaves- 1 sprig
For making marinade
  • Ginger- 2-inch slice
  • Garlic- 3 cloves
  • Whole peppercorns- 1 tsp
  • Fennel seeds- 1 tsp
  • Dried red chilies- 3 to 4
  • Turmeric powder- ¼ tsp
  • Kashmiri chili powder- 2 tsp
  • Salt- 1½ tsp
  • White vinegar- 1 tbsp
  • Water- ½ tbsp
  1. I've taken whole sea bass, any fish of your choice can be used like sea bream, pomfret, sardines, mackerel, king fish, etc. You can also cut the fish into large pieces.
  2. If using whole fish, remove all the internal organs & gills, clean the fish well & rinse under running water.
  3. Using a knife, score the fish or put some lined on the fish.
  4. To a blender jar, add all the ingredients mentioned 'for making marinade' & grind to a smooth paste.
  5. Spread the marinade all over the fish.
  6. Let marinate for 30 minutes to an hour.
  7. Place a frying pan over medium heat, add coconut oil.
  8. Place the marinated fish & add curry leaves.
  9. Fry the fish, flip over & fry till both the sides have turned golden brown.
  10. Transfer to a plate.
  11. Enjoy this fish fry with rice.
  12. The marinated fish can also be grilled.



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