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Chettinad Fish Fry Recipe is a delectable, spicy and classic fish preparation from the Chettinad region of Tamilnadu. The fish steaks are marinated in freshly ground homemade Chettinad fish fry masala and then they are shallow fried until golden and crisp. Perfection!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Marination2 hrs
Course: Appetizer, Main Course, Snack
Cuisine: Chettinad, Indian, South Indian, Tamilnadu recipes
Keyword: Chettinad fish fry masala recipe, Chettinad Fish Fry recipe, Chettinad king fish fry recipe, Indian fish fry recipe
Servings: 4
Author: Arpita@Gastronomic Bong


  • Thick bottomed non stick pan or cast iron skillet


  • 4 Fish steaks (I used king fish/surmai)
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp chilli powder
  • little salt
  • 2 tsp Lime juice
  • Oil to shallow fry the fish steaks

Chettinad Masala paste

  • 1/2 inch Ginger
  • 2 large Garlic cloves
  • 1/2 small Onion
  • 1/2 tsp Black Peppercorns
  • 1 1/2 tsp Fennel seeds
  • 1 tsp Cumin seeds
  • 1 1/2 tsp Coriander seeds
  • 8-10 Curry leaves
  • 1-2 tbsp Lime juice
  • 2-3 tsp Chilli powder
  • 1 tbsp Rice flour
  • 1 tbsp Cornflour
  • Salt as per taste
  • 1 tbsp Coconut oil


  • Firstly marinate the fish steaks with chilli powder, turmeric powder, lime juice and salt. Keep it aside.
    chettinad fish fry masala recipe
  • In a mixer grinder add all the ingredients under chettinad masala paste and grind in to a thick paste.
  • Now slather the fish steaks with a thick layer of chettinad masala paste on both the sides. now keep it aside for at least 1 to 2 hours or overnight.
  • Heat enough oil in a skillet or non stick pan on a medium to high heat. Make sure the oil is hot enough before frying or else the masala will disintegrate.
  • Fry for 3-4 minutes on one side then flip and fry for2-3 mins on the other side.
  • Remove from the heat and serve it hot with salad.
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