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Karimeen (Pearlspot) Fry

Any seafood lover visiting Kerala would be having some Karimeen dish in their must-have list. Here's how you can prepare yummy Karimeen Fry.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Total Time 52 mins
Servings 2


  • 2 Medium size Pearlspot/Karimeen
  • 1 tablespoon Ginger-garlic paste
  • 3 teaspoons Kashmiri Chilli powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon Vinegar
  • to taste Salt
  • as required Water


  • Score the fish on both sides and keep aside
  • In a bowl, mix the ginger-garlic paste, chilli powder, turmeric powder, salt and vinegar with enough water to form a smooth paste.
  • Apply on either side of the fish, making sure to fill in the gashes.
  • Cover and keep aside for at least 30 minutes. The more you keep, the better
  • Heat a pan on medium-low
  • Add 4 tablespoons (or more) oil.
  • Add a few curry leaves. This is to keep the fish from sticking to the pan
  • Place the fish
  • Cover and cook for 4-6 minutes or till you get the desired crunch
  • Flip the fish
  • Continue cooking till the other side is also done.
  • Remove from the pan and serve hot.