Chettinad Fish Fry (Spicy Seer Fish/Ney meen/King Fish/ Vanjara Meen Fry Tamil Nadu Style)

Chettinad is a region of the Sivaganga district of southern Tamil Nadu state, India. Chettinad cuisine is well renowned delicacy in all over the world and they use variety of spices and masala’s in their vegetarian and non-vegetarian preparations. In Singapore, we have number of Chettinad restaurants and we family members love the taste of Chettinad style meat and seafood dishes. This tasty and flavourful fish fry is one among that and I prepared occasionally in my home. Normally I use King/Seer fish (Ney/vanjara Meen) for this recipe, it tastes delicious and super yummy 🙂 Make a try and enjoy 🙂

Recipe Type South India / Seafood Side dish
Cooking and Preparation Time 20 to 30 Minutes
Serve to 3 to 4

Ingredients For Chettinad Fish Fry (Seer Fish/Ney meen/King Fish Fry)

Ingredient Quantity Notes
Seer Fish/King Fish/ Ney Meen/ Vanjara Meen 4 Steaks Cleaned
Ginger 1 inch Fat Root Skinned and Diced
Garlic 3 fat Cloves Skinned and Diced
Shallots/Small Onion 5 to 6 Skinned and Diced
Black Pepper Seeds 1 Teaspoon
Cumin Seeds/Jeera 1 Teaspoon
Fennel Seeds/ Perum Jeerakam 1 Teaspoon
Red Chilli Powder 3 Teaspoon
Coriander Powder 2 Teaspoon
Turmeric Powder ½ Teaspoon
Curry Leaves one hand full
Salt As per your taste
Oil For Deep Frying
Lime Juice From Half Lime
Big Onion 1 small Sliced thinly (For garnishing Purpose)
Lime Wedge For garnishing

Method For For Chettinad Fish Fry (Seer Fish/Ney meen/King Fish Fry)

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• In a mixer Jar (small Jar) place diced ginger, garlic, shallots/ small onion, Black Pepper Seeds, Cumin Seeds, and Fennel Seeds. Grind and make a crushed form.
• Add chili, coriander, turmeric, ½ lime juice, curry leaves and salt to taste. Grind again and make a smooth form.
• In a mixing bowl, place fish fillets and ground paste. Mix and marinate well.
• Keep refrigerate marinated fish fillets 4 to 5 hours.
• Heat oil in a frying pan. when hot enough for frying, place fish fillet and fry until both sides are crispy and golden brown.
• Serve hot with onion slices and lime wedge. Enjoy 🙂

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Note and Tips

You can use any firm fish for this recipe.

Adjust spices as per your taste.

Keep and refrigerate marinated fish longer and then fry, it will give your fish fry tastier.


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