Spicy and delicious Tawa Fish Fry is simple and easy to make seafood recipe. This recipe of fish fry calls for very minimal pantry friendly ingredients. Simple preparation steps make this recipe even more dearer. Fish fry recipe on cast iron tawa turns extra crisp and delicious upon frying.
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About This Recipe
After coming to Chennai, seafood has been regular in our menu. These days we can conveniently order seafood online. Over the years, I learnt many different fish recipes. But, the common ones which I prepare on weekly basis are fish curry with tamarind or without tamarind and this fish fry.
In tawa fish fry recipe, tawa means cast iron skillet or pan. There is a difference in taste and texture in the recipe which is prepared on cast iron pan and non-stick pan. Though over I years, I started using non-stick pan for my day to day cooking, I still prefer using cast iron pan for shallow frying.
Tawa fish fry is flavour-rich, crisp and spicy. The trick here is marination and shallow frying on medium heat. Indian style fish fry recipe is gluten-free and dairy free too.
Tawa Fish Fry Ingredients
Fish Pieces – I prefer using fresh water fish like Catla, Rohu and Tilapia. You can use Vanjaram (King Fish, Seer fish, Surmai), Salmon or Basa.
Onion Paste – Base for marination. Gives taste and flavour.
Ginger-Garlic Paste – Cuts down the smell of fish and adds flavour and aroma.
Dry Coconut Powder – You can use fresh coconut paste too. Dry coconut powder adds unique nutty flavour which compliments the taste of fish.
Garam Masala Powder – Adds aroma and flavour.
Roasted Coriander Powder – Gives aroma and flavour. Adding coriander powder is purely optional.
Red Chili Powder – Adds spice and brings color.
Salt – Very important ingredient. We scrub the fish with rock salt and then we add salt in marination too.
Oil – I prefer using sunflower oil. You can use coconut or sesame seed oil.
You can serve tawa fish fry as a starter or as a side dish. If serving as a starter, then serve the fried pieces with sliced onion and lemon wedges.
If serving fish fry as a side dish, then you can serve this with any dal and rice. Few of my favorite meal ideas with fish fry are,
Khatti Dal + Fish Fry + White Steamed Rice
Meethi Daal + Fish Fry + Rice + Papad + Pickle (Achar)
Sambar + Fish Fry + Beans + Rice
Rasam + Rice + Fish Fry + Drumstick Curry
Storing Leftover Fish Fry
Store leftover fish fry pieces in a clean and dry box. Close the lid tightly and leave it in the fridge. Stays good for 2-3 days.
You can even freeze the fried fish pieces in freezer. Stays good for a week.
Whenever you want to relish or serve fish fry, heat it in microwave or on tawa (pan).
If heating on tawa, brush the tawa with little oil and when tawa is hot, reduce the flame and place the fried fish pieces.
Turn and heat on both the sides till fish pieces turn hot.
Which tawa is best for fish fry?
Shallow cast iron pan or thick bottom non-stick pan is best for shallow frying the fish.
Is tawa fish good for health?
As we are shallow frying the fish with very less oil, we can easily include this in our healthy meal plan.
Which is best for fish fry?
For Indian fish fry recipe, I recommend using Catla, Tilapia, Rohu, Korramenu or Vanjaram (King Fish).
Can you fry fish without flour?
Yes, you can fry fish without flour. Indian fish fry recipe is simple and in this recipe, fish pieces are not coated with any flour or bread crumbs. So, people with gluten allergies, can include this fish fry in their menu.
- 10 Fish pieces
- 1 Onion
- 1 tbsp. Ginger-Garlic paste
- 1 tbsp. dry Coconut powder
- ½ tbsp. Garam Masala Powder
- ½ tbsp. Coriander powder
- 1 tbsp. Red chili powder
- ½ tbsp. Turmeric powder
- 2 tbsp. Oil for marination
- Oil for deep frying
How To Make Tawa Fish Fry
Step 1: Cleaning
- In a bowl add fish pieces and to this add rock salt. Gently scrub the pieces.
- Add little water and rinse the fish pieces. Now again add rock salt and scrub. Leave for 10-15 minutes.
- Add enough water and rinse thoroughly. Wash the fish 2-3 times with fresh water.
- Now leave the fish pieces in a strainer for 10 minutes.
- Pat dry and set aside.
Step 2: Marination
- Grind and make a fine paste of onion by adding red chili powder, turmeric powder, ginger garlic paste, dry coconut powder, garam masala and roasted coriander powder.
- Remove this masala in a bowl and then add oil to it. Mix well and to this add fish pieces.
- Gently rub and coat the fish pieces with marination.
- Cover and set aside for 10-15 minutes. You can even leave this in fridge to marinate.
- I sometimes, store the marinated fish pieces in deep freezer to fry next day.
Step 3: Frying
- Add 3-4 tbsp. of oil to a pan and warm it. Once the oil is warm, place 2-3 fish pieces, depending on the size of the tawa.
- On medium flame, shallow fry on one side for 2 minutes.
- Gently flip and fry on other side for another 2-3 minutes.
- Now reduce the flame and cook the fish pieces by covering with a lid for 4-5 minutes or until the outer layer is crisp.
- Remove the fish pieces on a kitchen tissue.
- Repeat and complete the rest of the fish pieces.
- Serve warm with sliced onions and lemon wedges.
- I served with khatti dal and white steamed rice.
- Add love to make this tawa fish fry taste ‘Yummy’.
You can even add few curry leaves to oil before frying fish pieces. Curry leaves impart good aroma to fish pieces.
Instead of sunflower oil, you can use coconut oil or sesame oil
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 682Total Fat: 24gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 17gCholesterol: 242mgSodium: 511mgCarbohydrates: 6gFiber: 2gSugar: 2gProtein: 112g
The nutritional information provided is approximate and is calculated using online tools. Information can vary depending on various factors, but we have endeavoured to be as accurate as possible.