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Karimeen Fry

Karimeen Fry
By : Sheny Santhosh
Karimeen fry / Pearl spot fry is a famous traditional fish fry of Kerala.The secret to a perfect fish fry recipe is the spice combinations used to marinate, the fresh fish and shallow fried to perfection. In this recipe, the freshly ground special masala applied for marinating gives the authentic taste. Also this makes a tasty dish, to prepare on special occasion. 


· karimeen /pearl- spot - 2 pieces
· Small Onion - 2 to 3
· Ginger - small piece · Garlic - 2 or 3
· Pepper corns - ½ tsp
· Fennel seeds - ¼ tsp
· Salt to tase

To Marinate:
· Turmeric pwd - ¼ tsp
· Red chilly pwd - ½ tsp
· Lemon juice - 1 tsp
· Salt to taste.
· Oil to fry

1. Make a coarse paste of onion, garlic, ginger, pepper and fennel seeds, without adding water.
2. Clean and wash the fish well and drain water completely. Make shallow cut marks about 1 inch apart on both sides of large pieces to make sure the marinade seeps through.
3. Marinate the fish with turmeric pwd, red chillypd, salt and lemon juice.
4. Leave it for about 30 minutes for marination.
5. Then apply the masala paste prepared in step 1 and marinate for 10 more minutes.
6. In a non-stick pan put the masala coated fish pieces and drizzle oil to sides.
7. Use low flame initially to cook .
8. Fry the fish on both sides till it turns golden brown and crispy from outside.
9. Delicious & tasty Pearl spot/karimeen fry is ready. Serve hot...

You can either deep fry( 10 minutes) or shallow fry(20-25 minutes) it as per your choice
Add curry leaves while frying

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