Fish Fry | South Indian Fish Fry Recipe | Small Fish Fry Recipe

Any South Indian non vegeterain recipe is never complete without a masala fish fry. I am always a fan of fish in any form or kind, but I always find the small fish variety are more tastier and crisp when it comes to fish fry. My favorite combination is sambar/ rasam/ curd rice with fish fry. Most of our weekends never fail without this fish fry recipe. Happy Weekend y'all :-)

This fish fry recipe is almost similar to the Karimeen fish fry recipe that I had posted earlier except for the change in proportion. The best way to serve this fish fry is by frizzling them with lemon juice. 


Marination Time- overnight
Prep time - 5 mins
Cook time - 20-25 mins


Any small fish variety - 8-10 nos
Turmeric - 1/2 tsp
Red Chili - 2 tsp
Corriander - 4 tsp
Ginger garlic paste - 2 tsp
Jeera powder - 1 tsp
Salt- to taste
Oil - to pan fry - approx 4 tbsp


Clean the fishes with cold water along with lime and salt, pat dry and place on a plate.Take all the spice powders along with salt and add the ginger garlic paste and form a thick paste, if required you can add few drops of lime juice. Apply on the fish and leave it in refrigerator overnight for spices to blend. The next day take the fish out and bring it to room temperature (30-40 mins) and then heat pan with oil and place the fish and let it cook on each side for 5 minutes such that the fish is fully cooked. Do not disturb or keep flipping sides.

Serve hot with rice and curry.

Cooks Wisdom

- Patting dry the fish is very important if it is soggy the spices will not sit on the fish. 
- Make sure you don't add water to form the spice paste, if required use few drops of lime/lemon juice
- Once you decide to fry fish make sure you bring it to room temperature before frying it, else the fish will remain raw and undercooked.
- Do not keep flipping sides of the fish while its cooking, this will only result in under cooked fish and also tend to break. The heat should be in medium-low and not high else the fish will get burnt quickly.
- Marinating the fish overnight is very important for ultimate taste


  1. priya send that plate to me so tempting..

  2. wow, im drooling fish fry too....

  3. Oh Gosh! Super tempting fish fry. Delicious and mouthwatering..

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  4. Love it with simple rasam saadam. nice one

  5. feel like grabbing from the post

  6. Yummy and Crunchy fish fry... looks marvelous.

  7. Amazing dish in fab clicks...

  8. irresistible fry,yep perfect with rasam.

  9. nice clicks priya.. like the color..

  10. perfectly made fish fry, looks spicy n inviting..nice clicks Priya!

  11. Perfect fish fry...simply tempting to plan it for weekend

  12. Looks super yum...colourful mouthwatering fry...

  13. who can resist this perfectly fried fish!

  14. my fav n drooling here :-)

  15. Seriously i love this kind of small fish fry especially with rasam rice. Love to finish that plate.

  16. yum it looks ..nicely done

  17. nicely cooked and looking awesome..

  18. Fish fry looks delicious and tempting da.. wish I would grab some off the screen..

  19. thanks for sharing this recipe! Tried it today and it turned out awesome :)

  20. Hi Priya. They look delicious and really want to try them as my hubby is a fish lover.
    But I stay in Pune and have very little knowledge about fishes, can you please tell me some names of fishes that are small. It will be a great help!

    1. Heena you can try fishes like red snapper, anchioves, mackheral try googling to see pictures of these fishes so that you are samiloer how they look. Try and let me know :-)

    2. ok...Thanks a lot :) Will keep you posted :D


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