Kerala Fish Fry Recipe

Kerala Fish Fry Recipe- Palakkad Style

For people in Kerala, fish fries are one such cuisine that we could relish with breakfast, lunch or dinner. A piece of fish fry could turn any boring meal into an extravagant platter. Kerala’s coasts and its water bodies provide fish in abundance, making it a significant part of Kerala’s food culture. In Palakkad, one of its northern districts, where there are no coasts, the availability of fresh fish is a luxury. But then, when we get it, hunger would come steadfast with the mouthwatering odor of deep-frying fish mixed with chilies, salt, pepper, garlic, and shallots coming from the kitchen. This Palakkad style fish fry recipe might be followed in other places as well, but I have rarely tasted it from any other place in this unique flavor. So, here is my special Kerala Fish Fry Recipe in Palakkad style.

There you go!


  1. Fish- ½ kg
  2. Shallots- 5 to 6 nos. 
  3. Garlic clove- 2 to 3 nos.
  4. Red Chillies- 5 to 6 nos.
  5. Pepper powder- 1 tb spoon
  6. Salt
  7. Cooking oil

Grind the ingredients from 2 to 6 into a fine paste. Make sure that you do not add much water while grinding. I have excluded ginger in my recipe, but for those who prefer it can add it. Coat the paste all over the fish and keep it aside for marination for around 20 minutes. 

Finally, fry them in oil and serve with love.

This, in particular, goes well with rice. It would not take more than an hour for the complete preparation. The same recipe can be followed for frying any variety of fish.

Try it, taste it and feel the difference. 

(P.S. Clean the fish, heat the oil kind of basics are skipped in this Kerala Fish Fry Recipe to avoid detailing. I hope that would be done!!! 🙂 )

Kerala Fish Fry Recipe