Pan Fried Salmon (with a Kerala style spice marinade)

As most of you would have noticed, the name change is complete. Skinny Chef is gone and the Spice Adventuress is here to stay. It might seem to many that it is just a name change but believe me, the journey was not an easy one.

To start off, coming up with a new name took longer than I imagined it would. Skinny chef had become my alter ego and to think of a name that captures my food philosophy and interests was really difficult. Every name I came up with was already thought of or in use elsewhere. Let me be honest, I am not super happy with the new name but I went ahead with it as it perfectly captures my love for spices. And yes, I am a little too adventurous with my spice blends and marinades.

The transition from the old domain to the new one on WordPress was easy. But on Facebook, it is a whole different story. With FB introducing a whole lot of money-making schemes and policies, I eventually figured out that the only option for me was to create a new page altogether. And this meant a significant drop in numbers and stats which is a big dampener after all the hard work I have put in over the past year.

So a little help from all of you guys; please take a moment to ‘like’ and show some love to my new FB page;

And so back to what I do best; a lip-smacking seafood recipe from God’s own country.


Pan fried fish is commonly found all across Kerala but the marinade or spice rub used does vary from place to place. This spice marinade uses both spices and aromatics lending a rich and deep flavour to the fish. And it works best with big-sized fish steaks or meaty ones like salmon, tuna or snapper.

It was my first experience cooking salmon using South Indian flavours and was a little doubtful of how it would work out. But the result was delicious and I am sure every seafood lover will agree with me on this one.

So, let’s get cooking or rather frying salmon, with a marinade of chilli, turmeric, pepper, ginger, garlic and shallots.



1. Salmon steaks – 4
2. Vegetable oil/coconut oil – for shallow frying
3. Salt – to season
4. South Indian spice marinade

• Red chilli powder – 2 tsp
• Turmeric powder – 1 tsp
• Freshly milled black pepper – 1 tsp
• Ginger – 1 inch piece
• Garlic cloves – 2 large
• Shallots/small onion – 2
• Juice of half a lemon


1. Clean, wash and pat dry the salmon steaks.
2. Season the steak pieces with salt.
3. Prepare the marinade by blending together all the ingredients given in the list. Adjust the amount of chilli depending on your palate for heat.
4. Rub this marinade onto the steaks making sure all sides are coated well.
5. Refrigerate as long as you can (I did it overnight) to let the flavours seep through the fish.
6. Shallow fry in oil.
7. Serve hot with vegetable salad and lemon wedges.




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15 thoughts on “Pan Fried Salmon (with a Kerala style spice marinade)

  1. Oleg Nikitenko October 18, 2018 at 6:38 am Reply


    We run web site, where we not only sell seafood and seafood relating product, but also provide relating seafood recipes and advices in Blog/Recipe. I found few of your recipes very interesting. Please, let me know if you have interest to provide few of them for our site with back link build to your site At the same time we have interest if you can have recipe or blogs with back link to our site

    Best Regards

    Oleg Nikitenko

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  2. Sarah Stanley June 28, 2016 at 4:10 pm Reply

    This looks like white fish not salmon.

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  3. […] paired in so many ways. Goes beautifully with this delicious crispy grilled chicken or maybe this salmon fry or perhaps these juicy […]

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  4. Rani Vijoo March 11, 2016 at 3:52 am Reply

    Mouth Watering Fish fry…My favorite recipe 🙂


  5. This looks quite fabulous! And with all those flavors, I can imagine it would be beautifully fragrant and tasty too 🙂


  6. Prashanth K.P. (@prashanthkpp) August 1, 2014 at 9:31 am Reply

    I am trying it out today for lunch, Dhanya! So far looks picture perfect to your post. Will let you know how it turns out after frying 🙂 But thanks for the innovative departure from the usual grilling of Salmon!


    • vanyadhanya August 1, 2014 at 11:15 am Reply

      lovely, do let me know how it turned out and don’t fry it too much. get the colour outside and take it off; I am sure you know salmon does not need too much cooking.


  7. lapetitepaniere August 1, 2014 at 7:11 am Reply

    It looks so tasty and the crust is amazing 🙂 I love the name “The spice Adventuress”!


  8. Shalzzz August 1, 2014 at 5:46 am Reply

    Wooohooo… Congrats Dhanya… Infact, I was looking for moving to a space of my own too 🙂 As you sai, thinking over a name since the past two months and I m8 launch myself on Aug 15th 🙂 Way to go, girl… Loved the new name… Cheers and the fish fry is lip-smacking!!!! ❤


    • vanyadhanya August 1, 2014 at 6:59 am Reply

      thanks dear, and check your mail box


      • Shalzzz August 1, 2014 at 7:03 am

        thanks, I replied 🙂 can we chat?


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