Indian Style Fried Snapper

By Dhanya Samuel
June 2, 2015
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Author Notes: Today’s recipe, Indian style fried snapper, is an adaptation from Paul Mercurio’s cookbook ‘Mercurio’s Menu’. Red snapper is a beautiful fish for frying, grilling purposes and being locally sourced, I know I get a fresh catch all the time which really reflects in the taste.Dhanya Samuel

Serves: 2

For the fish

  • 1 whole red snapper
  • dashes Salt
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 3 curry leaf sprigs
  • 5 tablespoons Vegetable oil
  1. Clean, wash and pat dry the fish.

For the marinade:

  • 2 shallots
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 2 lemongrass stems
  • 1 teaspoon fresh turmeric, chopped
  • 2 big red chillies
  1. Prepare the marinade by pounding all the ingredients together in a mortar and pestle. It has to be a coarse paste.
  2. Season the fish with salt and then apply the marinade. Keep for at least 6 hours, preferably overnight.
  3. In a pan, heat oil, crackle mustard seeds and add the cumin seeds. Slide the fish in and cook for 5-6 minutes on one side.
  4. Gently turn over and add the curry leaves on top. Cook covered for another 5-6 minutes or till the fish is done.
  5. Serve hot with lemon wedges.

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