Masala Fish

This Masala fish recipe is one I used to make all the time! I had kinda forgot about it for a while but now it is back in my life. It is one of those recipes that is handy to have for a sudden get together. I am yet to come across a person who doesn’t like it.

Masala Fish

The spicy indian masala flavours combined with a delicious white firm fish is just awesome. As i have mentioned, I am not a fan of really fishy fish so for me, i would go for cod or tilapia. I would even try it with Sea Bass. This is my ideal dinner recipe because it is great with a salad, great with roti AND great with rice. In other words, you can’t go wrong mate!

Gosh, there are so many recipes that i have yet to get on the site but I am in a really weird place. So there is this course that i did that i mentioned briefly earlier this week. The course was about healthy eating and achieving balance. A part of balance is to be able to eat whatever you want but not lose your marbles and shove a whole cake down your throat, once a day or even once a week. For example, my teacher would allow himself to have some sweet now and again but the majority of the time, he is very disciplined in his eating and that is what matters. However, for someone like me that is very difficult. Having a family history of diabetes and having recently found out that  (amongst other concerns) I am on the cusp of getting it myself, i have to really control my sugar intake.

Also, I find that sugar is a bit of an addiction for me. It’s like that Pringles ad, once i pop i can’t stop. I have been asked to make three specific changes to aid my return to optimum health. One of them is starting my day with warm water and honey..(the idea of warm water makes me gag but I will persevere). The second is to have 2 detox teas a day (a special formula created by my teacher) and having a himalayan salt bath once a week..(Tip: don’t EVER go for a 2 hour walk the day after you have had one, you will be out of it!). Oh and there was one more thing.. I have been asked to start my day with some work on positive affirmations. Something I used to do once upon a time..

So aside from that, all is peachy! It was my little boys birthday yesterday. I’m trying not to gush but he really is the light of my world. He is so funny and so adorable. We have a little family get together today for one of my husbands cousins that is leaving for university. I have a feeling that my son thinks its his birthday party! Wish me luck..

Here is that fish recipe. It is a recipe that was given to me by my husbands aunt who makes some awesome grub!

Masala Fish

Masala Fish

Serving Size: 8


  • 800 firm white fish of your choice - cut larger pieces in half (Like cod, bass, tilapia)
  • Marinade
  • Juice of half Lemon
  • 3 cloves garlic crushed
  • 2-3 green chillies crushed
  • 1/2 inch ginger crushed
  • 1.5 tsp cumin powder
  • 2 tsp coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp red chilli powder
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • For Cooking
  • 1 Onion sliced finely or diced
  • 2 cloves garlic crushed
  • 1/2 inch ginger crushed
  • 1 green chilli crushed or chopped finely and seeds removed
  • 100g tomatoes pureed
  • 2 tbsp tomato puree
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1tsp curry powder (optional)
  • 1/4 tsp garam masala powder (optional)
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 2 spring onions chopped
  • 5 - 6 tbsp oil for frying


  1. Marinade the fish in all the marinade ingredients for at least half an hour.
  2. Pour the oil into a large, flat non stick pan and heat for 30 seconds to a minute or till hot.Keep the pan at medium/high heat.
  3. Fry the fish for 2 - 3 minutes each side and set aside. (See notes).
  4. In the same oil, add the onion, remaining marinade, garlic, ginger and gran chilli and allow to cook for 4 - 5 minutes.
  5. Stir in the tomato and tomato puree and mix it through. Turn the heat down and add the cumin, coriander, turmeric, red chilli powders. Cook for about 5 minutes or until the oil begins to come to the surface of the tomatoes.
  6. Stir in the garam masala and curry powder if using as well as the salt and pepper.
  7. Add the fish back in and top with the spring onions. Cook for a further 2-3 minutes and remove from the heat.
  8. Serve with rice or roti or with salad!


When frying the fish, keep a close eye on the temperature of the oil. If it gets too hot the fish will burn. Also seabags doesn't need as long to cook.

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12 thoughts on “Masala Fish

  1. Such lovely flavours , this sounds delicious… I’m in landlocked Hungary so seafood is real tough for me to get hold of, do you reckon the flaovurs would work with something like catfish?

    • Great idea to try with haddock! I imagine it would work wonderfully with chicken breast too and probably can be made in one pan, rather then having separate steps! 🙂 Thankyou

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