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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Crunchy King Fish Slices

Here's is a wonderful take on the King Fish, also known locally as Surmai. This is a large fish and the flesh is very meaty. I simply crumb fry the slices of fish after marinating it in some spices. Nothing can be simpler. The marinade is not complex and the process is simple. So the next time you have some fresh king fish, give this a try. Along with the crunch you get from the crumbs and the meaty flesh, you can also taste the subtle flavors of the marinade and they come together beautifully.

Serve this with a nice fresh salad and some bread and you have a lovely light meal. Traditionally, this would be served with some Goan Fish Curry and Rice or some wonderful Dal (Lentils) and Rice. I will get posts up on those as well. But for now, enjoy this recipe.

Crunchy King Fish Slices

4 slices of King fish
Salt, to taste
A combination of lime juice and Apple cider vinegar, to taste
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
1/2 tsp red chilly powder
A little besan (Chickpea flour)
Bread crumbs, to dredge
A couple of spoons vegetable oil, to shallow fry the fish slices

Please note that these quantities are just a guide. Feel free to adjust them to your liking. Also, quantities will depend on size of the slices of fish.

Sprinkle the salt, lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, turmeric powder, chilly powder and besan on both the sides of the slices of fish and gently rub it over to spread it onto the slices. You may need to add a few drops of water to help you with this process. Please be gentle, you don't want to break the slices.

Keep aside for atleast 15 minutes.

Heat some oil in a pan.

Dredge the slices of fish in the bread crumbs to coat well. Carefully place the slices in the pan and let it cook on a medium flame till it has browned on one side. Flip over gently and cook the other side as well, adding more oil to the pan, if needed. 

Make sure you cook it on a medium flame and not a high one. A high flame will simple brown the outside, but leave the insides raw. Also, its best to have thinner slice of fish than thicker, they will cook faster.

Serve hot.


This recipe is linked to - 
Hearth and Soul
Whats on the Menu Wednesday
Real Food Wednesday
Recipes I Can't Wait to Try


  1. Very crisp and tempting fish...

  2. Thanks Reshmi!

  3. This fish looks crispy and dleicious.

  4. Sanyukta Gour(Bayes)April 20, 2011 at 3:34 PM

    Looks absolutely yummy n tempting...
    First time here..u hv a lovely space..visit mine as time permits

  5. SravsCulinaryConceptsApril 20, 2011 at 3:41 PM

    so crispy and delicious !!

  6. love fried fish these sound great

  7. Thanks everyone ... Sanyukta, hope to see you back soon!

  8. This sounds wonderful! Thanks for sharing your recipe with the Hearth and Soul Hop.

  9. Thanks for stopping by Alea!!!

  10. The 21st Century Housewife©April 23, 2011 at 2:28 PM

    I'm not sure if I can get King Fish here in England, but your marinade and crumbs sound just delicious. I can think of many other fish I could use it on! Thank you so much for sharing it with the Hearth and Soul blog hop.

  11. You're absolutely right, this goes well with almost all kinds of fish!


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