Meen Varuthathu Recipe - Kerala Style Fish Fry

Fish fillets marinated in fresh ginger garlic paste and other spices and then shallow fried in coconut oil. It is a perfect starter for your house parties. If you love fish, you should not miss this one!

Rekha Vengalil
Meen Varuthathu Recipe - Kerala Style Fish Fry
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Meen Varuthathu Recipe - Kerala Style Fish Fry uses very few spices to coat the fish, and the fish is shallow/pan fried in coconut oil infused with curry leaves. The end result is flavourful and aromatic. Truly a treat to the taste buds!

Serve Meen Varuthathu Recipe as an appetiser with Steamed Rice, Kerala Chicken Curry and Snake Gourd Thoran and Paruppu Podi.

Here are a few more delicacies from Kerala Cuisine such as:

  1. Kerala Style Vendakkai Uppadan Recipe
  2. Kerala Style Egg Roast Curry Recipe
  3. Kerala Style Prawns & Shrimp Biryani (Chemmeen Biryani Recipe)
  4. Meen Peera (Kerala Style Fish Recipe With Shredded Coconut)

Cuisine: Kerala Recipes
Course: Appetizer
Diet: Non Vegeterian
Prep in

50 M

Cooks in

15 M

Total in

65 M


4-5 Servings


  • 5 Fish fillet
  • For the marinade
  • 1 teaspoon Ginger Garlic Paste
  • 1 tablespoon Red Chilli powder , (adjust)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Turmeric powder (Haldi)
  • Black pepper powder , freshly ground to taste
  • 1/2 Lemon , juiced
  • Salt , to taste
  • Coconut Oil , for shallow frying
  • Curry leaves , a few sprigs

How to make Meen Varuthathu Recipe - Kerala Style Fish Fry

  1. To begin making the Meen Varuthathu Recipe - Kerala Style Fish Fry, wash and clean the fish well. Drain off the excess water. Set aside.

  2. In a mixing bowl, make a thick paste of all the ingredients under “for the Marinade” including ginger garlic paste, red chilli powder, turmeric powder, black pepper powder, lemon, salt adding a little water.

  3. Coat the spice mixture over the fish steaks well. Set aside for 30-40 minutes.

  4. Heat a frying pan with the oil, add the curry leaves and allow to splutter for a few seconds.

  5. Once the curry leaves are spluttered, immediately add the fish fillets, and shallow fry the fish till done and crisp on the outside. Flip the fillet to even brown on the other side also. Make sure to fry the fish over medium low heat so that they crisp up.

  6. Serve Meen Varuthathu Recipe as an appetiser with Steamed RiceKerala Chicken Curry and Snake Gourd Thoran and Paruppu Podi.