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Grilled Fish Recipe (Kerala style-green chilli masala).

Grilled Fish, Kerala Style-sardine is marinated in spicy green chilli masala for a change from the every day fish fry which I make for lunch. Green chilli, curry leaves, ginger, garlic etc is grinded and rubbed into the fish and grilled on low flame, is a special low fat treat for fish lovers.

I made this with sardine, since it is available this monsoon season and is rich in omega-3 fatty acids and since it is available in plentiful, I used sardine, feel free to try this with other fresh fish available in your local market; though I am not so sure of canned sardine as I have only used fresh ones and they come out soft and juicy.

Fresh curry leaves and coconut oil plays an important role here, so please do not skip that.

Sardine: 1/2 kg.
Green chillies: 7 to 8.(decrease or increase depending on your tolerance level)
Ginger: 1/2 inch piece.
Garlic: 5 to 6 cloves.
Pepper: 1 tsp.
Curry leaves: 2 sprigs.
Cornflour: 1 tsp.
Turmeric: 1/2 tsp.
Lime juice: Juice of half lime.
Coconut oil to drizzle.

I used half kilo of cleaned sardine, make slight gashes on the fish, so that the masala will go right in and makes the fish juicy and tender. Green chilli, ginger, garlic, and curry leaves are to be grinded coarsely.

Rub the mixture into fish, adding salt, turmeric and pepper powder and juice of half lime.

Add one tsp of cornflour into the marinated fish, mix and refrigerate it for half an hour at the least.

Heat a grill pan or a non stick pan or even a small tawa, drizzle coconut oil (about a tsp or so), and place the marinated fish gently on the pan.  Simmer the fire all though out the cooking.

Add some curry leaves on the side for that extra flavor.

Turn to the other side once it is grilled on one side.

Enjoy as an appetizer or a side dish for rice or roti.

Did you enjoy this recipethen there are other fish recipes you might love, here is a few...

Kerala Fish Fry.

Fish Fingers

Fish Molee



  1. Looks delicious. I actually prefer grilled fish than fry and have never used the seasonings you used. I'll definitely try it. Thanks for sharing. :)

  2. So tempting...Can i have one piece, Nisa?

  3. Cant take my eyes from ur clicks, fantastic and droolworthy grilled fish.

  4. looks fabulous and droolworth.

  5. Amazing and yummy recipe Nisa.. I will definitely be trying it dear.. I'm a new blogger... Do visit my blog..

  6. Mouth watering akka.. the spices which u hav used is making me tempted.. and fabulous clicks too. Awesome. Great job.. surely i am going to try it and let u know the result

  7. This looks really interesting. I love the combination of flavors. Thanks for sharing at What'd You Do This Weekend.

  8. Hey,
    I am Hanna..I tried it and came out so yummy and delicious..
    Thank you so much for the recipe..really waiting for some more delicious recipes..
    My husband loved the recipe


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