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Kerala Fish Fry Recipe - Meen Varuthathu

Kerala Fish Fry- how to make Kerala fish fry or meen varuthathu.

kerala fish fry recipe

Kerala fish fry is one of my favorite comfort food; there are many ways to prepare fish fry and it varies from district to district. Towards North, fennel seeds are added along with shallots, ginger and garlic. Down South people like it plain like I made this; just with chilly powder, pepper, salt and some curry leaves.

But to get that authentic Kerala taste; coconut oil is a must. Since I used Kashmiri chilli its is nicely coated in the fish and the spice can be tolerated, so I highly recommend using Kashmiri chilli powder.

Use this recipe to make fish fry with sardines, mackerel, anchovies, seer fish, butter fish, pear spot (karimeen) etc etc.  The trick is to fry in low flame for about atleast 7 mins on each side and for best results use an iron skillet or kadai.

How to make kerala fish fry, video tutorial.

Other recipes you may like:
Kerala Fish Curry
Malabar Fish Biriyani

Kerala Fish Fry - Meen Varuthathu

PREP TIME: 15 mins    |  COOK TIME: 20 mins    |  AUTHOR::
  kerala fish fry recipe  


  • Fish: 1/2 kg
  • Kashmiri chilli powder: 2 1/2 tsp
  • Organic turmeric powder: 1/4 tsp
  • Freshly crushed pepper: 1/2 tsp
  • Salt: 1/2 tsp or as needed.
  • Water: 2 tbsp
  • Coconut Oil for frying
  • Curry Leaves


  1. Add fish in a bowl and add in the chilli powder, turmeric, pepper, salt, and water. Mix it well and keep aside for 10-15 mins.
  2. Heat an iron skillet or non stick pan with coconut oil. Once the oil is heated add in the fish and simmer the fire. Fry in low flame for 5-7 mins and then turn the fish to the other side.
  3. Lastly sprinkle curry leaves and let it stay for a min, remove them to a plate.
  4. Serve with onion rings and lemon wedges.


  • I used butter fish, but you can use any fish (refer post).
  • For best results it is best to keep it for 10-15 minutes after marination.
  • You can also refridgerate it overnight.
  • Using coconut oil is a must for Kerala fish fry.

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