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Indian style Fried Snapper

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian, Seafood


  • 1 whole red snapper cleaned and washed
  • Salt to season
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • ½ tsp mustard seeds
  • 3 sprigs curry leaves
  • Vegetable oil for shallow frying the fish
  • For the marinade:
  • 2 shallots
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 2 lemongrass stems
  • 1 tsp fresh turmeric chopped
  • 2 big red chillies the big ones have less heat so adjust depending on type of chilli you are using


  • Prepare the marinade by pounding all the ingredients together in a mortar and pestle. It has to be a coarse paste.
  • Clean, wash and pat dry the fish.
  • Season the fish with salt and then apply the marinade. Keep for at least 6 hours, preferably overnight.
  • In a pan, heat oil, crackle mustard seeds and add the cumin seeds. Slide the fish in and cook for 5-6 minutes on one side.
  • Gently turn over and add the curry leaves on top. Cook covered for another 5-6 minutes or till the fish is done.
  • Serve hot with lemon wedges.