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Black Pepper Fried Fish

Fried fish usually has its permanent setting on Kerala dinning table. Usually fish is marinated in spicy paste made with chili, turmeric powder, cumin, garlic, shallot and ginger as I did in my Kerala Fried Fish a few months ago.

When we got the beautiful red snappers yesterday, it was so fresh and perfect. I really didn’t want to do anything to overpower their sweet and tender meat.

This simple fried fish dish is simply seasoned with salt and black pepper. We of course, use a lot of pepper, maybe 5 times you usually sprinkle on the fish, but we wanted to get the aroma and pungent taste going on the crust. I promise it is not spicy nor will it ruin the sweetness of the fish.

Black Pepper Fried Fish


500 gm fish- scaled, cleaned (use any kind fish you love)

Salt for sprinkle over the fish

1 1/2 tbsp freshly ground black pepper

2 tbsp oil for shallow frying


Sprinkle fish and black pepper over the fish. Make sure black pepper perfectly crusted everywhere on the skin. Allow to rest for few minutes.

Heat the pan over the medium heat and add oil.

Add fish and fry them for few minutes each side or until golden brown on the outside and cooked thoroughly from the inside.

Serve hot with some salad or salsa.

The fish was so aromatic and flavorful. The skin was crispy and crunchy packed with the gentle heat and black pepper scent while the inside was tender and sweet. It is perfect with some sassy salsa or fresh salad.

Take care,

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