Fish Fry is a crunchy, delicious and flavorful finger food prepared using your favorite fish, few aromatic spices, and rice flour.
Fish Fry

This is a Mangalorean recipe, and is mostly prepared with pomfret fish. The fish filets are marinated in spices and then coated with rice flour before frying, which makes the fries crispy.

The recipe below is one of my family’s favorite and prepare it often in my kitchen. This fry recipe is super easy to make and will get over in no time. It is traditionally served with brown rice ganji (rice porridge) and is also a classic accompaniment for any cocktail / mocktail party. Do try out this recipe and share your variations and comments.

Preparation time : 30 minutes
Serves : 4
Fish Fry

Ingredients for Fish Fry

Thilapia fillets – 2
Onion – 1/2
Garlic cloves – 2
Ginger – 1 inch
Turmeric – 1/4 tsp
Red chile powder / Cayenne powder – 1 tsp
Green chilies – 2
Asafoetida / Hing – pinch
Cumin seeds – 1/2 tsp (optional)
Crushed curry leaves – 1 tsp (optional)
Garam masala powder – 1/4 tsp (optional)
Salt – to taste
Rice flour – for coating (approx 1/2 cup)
Oil – for frying

Steps to prepare Fish Fry

Step I

  • Cut the tilapia into bite size pieces or of desired size.
  • Grind onion, ginger, garlic, green chilies together adding very little water to form a thick smooth paste.
  • Transfer this paste to bowl, add the red chilli powder, turmeric powder, salt, cumin seeds, asafoetida / hing, curry leaves, garam masala powder and mix well.
  • Now add the fish and toss it so that it is well coated with the mixture. Keep it aside for 15 minutes.

Step II

  • Heat oil in a pan for frying. The pan should contain about 2-3 inches of oil.
  • Coat each marinated fish piece in the rice flour and fry them on medium to medium high flame on both the sides till its crisp and done.
  • Transfer these fries on to paper towels to absorb any excess oil.
  • Repeat the process for remaining fish.
  • Fish Fry is now ready. Serve hot and enjoy.


  • You can use all purpose flour to coat but the fish fry will not be as cripsy as the one prepared using rice flour.
  • Vary the spices as per your taste. You can use jalapeno or serrano pepper instead of green chilies. The taste may vary accordingly.
  • See that the oil is not too hot or too cold. If its too hot then the fries will turn dark brown very quickly, and if its too cold it will absorb excess oil.
  • To check if the oil is hot, just drop a little piece of the outer coating of the fish fry and check if it sizzles and comes up.
  • Do not overcrowd the pan.

Fish Fry

28 Responses

  1. Hi Kushi, it seems like rice flour is the way to go for a real crispy texture, I have never cooked with it before, will have to pick some up. Beautiful looking fried fish dish.

  2. Nice point there! Adding rice flour to fries,especially fish !

  3. They look fingerlickingly delicious! I love that you used rice flour as the coating.

  4. Oh wow – I am drooling over here FOR REAL – looks insanely good!!

  5. Fish fry looks very crispy and yum! Will give it a try!

  6. I love the flavors that you use for the marinate. The fish looks crispy and delicious.

  7. Wooow…so yuumy. Feeling like grab some of them from bowl.Pictures are so real which is making this dish more tempting.

  8. Looks so crunchy and delicious. I know my boys would love fish if I made it for them using your spices. Wishing you a super week!

  9. I love all the spices you have in this, sounds so good and looks great too!

  10. This is a must try for my other half. Thanks for sharing as I now know what to do with fish for the next meal.

  11. I love a good crispy fish fry, Kushi! It’s seriously one of my favorite comfort foods. I don’t fry fish at home much, but I totally want to now that I’ve seen this delicious post! :-)

  12. This fish fry is an awesome delight for a seafood lover like me

  13. This fish looks insanely crunchy, and I love the sound of those spices!

  14. Your fish looks amazing Kushi!!! I wish I could reach into the computer screen and grab that bowl. If I could do that, then I would eat every single of of perfectly fried fish and not share with anyone! heeheeheehee. I love frying (and eating )fish and will try your recipe ASAP.

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