Tandoori Fish

My kids are crazy about fish. That is only non-vegetarian item that they love. We don’t make fish curry that often in our home. It’s mostly the Pan-seared fish fry that we make. We try different variations in that like changing the masala a bit every time. But this time I wanted to do some baked fish and see if it has the same taste that the shallow fried ones. I thought that we couldn’t get the charred effect in the oven. Surprisingly, the taste of this Baked Tandoori fish was so delicious that we finished it within minutes! 😀

I have used Salmon fillets in this recipe. Any fish fillet or fish with less bones will work well for this recipe. I baked this in the oven, but this can also be made in a grill or in a pan on stove-top.

Ingredients

Servings : 3-4Prep time: 5 mins Cook time: 25 mins
Fish Fillets1/2 kg (1 lb)
Turmeric powder1/2 tsp
Kashmiri Red chilli powder1 tbsp
Coriander powder2 tsps
Garam masala powder1 tsp
Tandoori masala powder1 tbsp
Salt1 tsp
Ginger garlic paste1.5 tsp
Lemon juice2 tsp
Yogurt2 tsp
Melted Butter 1 tbsp

Method

  • Wash and remove the skin off from the fish fillets. Cut them into desired size.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine all the dry ingredients – turmeric powder, red chilli powder, coriander powder, garam masala powder, tandoori masala powder and salt.
  • Add the ginger garlic paste, lemon juice and yogurt. Mix everything together and make a paste.
  • Coat the fish pieces in the masala and let them marinate in the refrigerator for at least 30 mins. The longer the better.
  • Pre-heat oven to 400F.
  • Prepare a baking tray lined with aluminium foil and place the fish pieces on the tray with some gap between each piece.
  • Drizzle some melted butter on top.
  • Bake the fish pieces for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, flip the pieces to the other side and bake for another ten minutes.
  • Brush with more butter while flipping the fish pieces.
  • Now turn the oven to Broil setting and broil for 2 minutes.
  • Flip the fish pieces to the other side and broil for another 2 minutes.
  • Do not broil for more than 2 minutes. The broiling is only to get the charred effect on the fish. Leaving it in the broil for a longer time will burn the fish.
  • Drizzle the baked Tandoori fish with some more lemon juice and serve hot with onions and green chutney.
Notes:
– The Tandoori fish is a bit dry to eat on it’s own. A simple green chutney will be a great accompaniment!

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