Tilapia fish fry / Meen varuval

Written by: 7aumsuvai

The fish fry is a great starter to a meal. Tilapia fish fry - marinated in onion based masala and deep fried in oil. Onion rings and lemon juice simply compliment the fish fry.

Tilapia fish fry


Serves 2

      • 4 to 5 nos – Tilapia fish fillet (with bone)
      • 1 small – Onion (or 1/2 cup chopped onion)
      • 2 clove – Garlic
      • 1/4 inch – Ginger
      • 2 to 3 nos – Dry red chillies (or add as needed)
      • 1/4 tsp – Fennel seeds / Sombu
      • 1/4 tsp – Cumin seeds / Jeera
      • 1/2 tsp – Roasted coriander seeds
      • 1/4 tsp – Turmeric powder
      • 1 tbsp - Lemon juice for marination and garnishing
      • Few onion slices for garnishing
      • Salt to taste
      • Oil for frying

Tilapia fish fry

Preparation method:

  1. Wash fish fillets with turmeric and lemon juice in a running water for 3 to 4 times, set aside.
  2. Take a blender / mixie, add chopped onion, garlic and ginger, fennel seeds, cumin seeds, coriander seeds, dry red chillies, grind it to coarse paste. Then add turmeric powder and salt, continue grinding to a fine paste.
  3. Now apply this paste to the fish fillets and let it rest for 30 minutes to 1 hour . Heat oil in a pan, fry the fish over medium flame on both sides till golden brown. Garnish it with onion rings and lemon juice.

Fish fry

Tilapia fish fry

Tilapia fish fry


  • Always cook fish fillets in medium or low flame, that helps to cook fish thoroughly both outside and inside.
  • You may increase or decrease dry red chillies as per your spice level.
  • I used tilapia fish but you can use any variety of fish.
  • You may deep fry or shallow fry fish fillets.

Tilapia fish fry


  1. Meen vaasam inga varaikum thookudhu .. Would love to grab one ;)

  2. Same feeling as shyamala, meen vasam inga varaikum varuthu. Superero super!


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