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Kerala Style Spicy Baked Fish Fry

Spicy fish “fry” that is baked instead, with some delicious Kerala style spice marinade. This is a great side to rice and curry or even an appetizer!
Course Main, Seafood Side
Cuisine Indian, Kerala
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 23 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 3 minutes
Servings 2 people
Calories 215kcal
Author Manju


  • 0.75 lb Mahi Mahi fillet (2 fillets of about 6-8 inches in length) or any other fatty fish

To crush together to a paste:

  • 4 pearl onions
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 inch ginger
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon Kashmiri Chilie Powder
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper corns
  • 1 ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • ½ lime juiced
  • ½ teaspoon garam masala


  • Put all the ingredients under "crush to form a paste" in a mortar and pestle and grind to form as fine a paste as possible.
  • Cut the fish fillets into two and make small slits in them. Smear the paste equally over all the fillets and marinate in the refrigerator for 20-30 mins.
  • Pre heat oven to 375F
  • Line the fish on a baking tray with parchment paper on it and bake for 20 mins. To finish it off, broil on high for 3-4 mins.
  • Serve with raw red onion slices and lime wedges.


To check for doneness: teh spice / masala paste on the fish should have changed color slightly and not look too raw.


Calories: 215kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 124mg | Sodium: 1898mg | Potassium: 860mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 680IU | Vitamin C: 11.4mg | Calcium: 63mg | Iron: 2.6mg