Tandoori Fish Tikka


Tandoori Fish Tikka, Tandoori fish, fish fry

Tandoori Fish Tikka, Tandoori fish, fish fry

Tandoori spice blend or the Tandoori Masala is just limited to make Tandoori Chicken. This spice blend can be used on fish or other seafood as well. When you try this Tandoori Fish Tikka recipe, you will see, how the flavors come out when Tandoori Masala is mixed with thick yogurt as a marinade and then the fish is grilled or pan-fried with so-little-oil. Use fresh thick cut fish fillets (Salmon, Monk Fish, Bass or Tilapia, Snapper etc) but thickly coat the fillets with tandoori marinade and then carefully grill or pan fry them.

The best part about this Tandoori Fish Tikka is it’s very healthy.

Tell me about some healthy alternatives that you have incorporated into your lifestyle, of late. I’ll share about mine.

  • I overcame my fear of quinoa and embraced this magical grain with open arms (yes yes, took me like a year to do so..but hey, better late than never, right!!)
  • I learned to bake with almond flour and Oh God!! those treats are heavenly. I will be posting recipes soon.
  • I learned to bake without butter. Not that I have anything against butter but I like my olive oil better and I like the fact that, Olive oil gives a lighter texture to your cakes. If you don’t believe me try few of my olive oil cakes –

Egg-Free Butter-Free Dark Chocolate Bundt Cake,

Orange Olive Oil Cake

Masala Chai Breakfast Cake,

Olive Oil Date Loaf Cake (Eggless)

  • I also started marinating my seafood and meat with lots of spices and yogurt and went for a method of frying them with very little oil/zero oil.

This Tandoori Fish Tikka is one of my self-created recipes that I have been using for months now. All I do is marinate the fresh fish fillets with Tandoori Masala, yogurt, salt and pepper and using no oil or very less oil., pan fry them.

I would love to know if any of you went ahead and tried this recipe. Please share some pics if you did.

And as far as serving this Tandoori Fish Tikka is concerned, you can use them whatever way you wish. They will never fail you in taste.

Tandoori Fish Tikka, Tandoori fish, fish fry

Tandoori Fish Tikka, Tandoori fish, fish fry


  • 1 pound fish fillet cut into pieces – I used Tilapia fillets.
  • 1/2 cup thick yogurt
  • 2 TBSP paprika (if you want it spicy, use some hot pepper flakes). I made mine really spicy
  • 1 TSP turmeric
  • Salt as per your taste
  • 1 TBSP ground black pepper
  • 3 to 4 TBSP Tandoori Masala (Readily available in Indian Stores)
  • 1/4 cup Lemon juice


  • Marinade the fish with all the ingredients listed above and keep in the refrigerator for a couple of hours (minimum 4 to 5 hours). I kept mine marinated overnight
  • There are two ways you can make your Tandoori Fish Tikka. Either in the oven or on the stove.

Stove Top Method:

  • Heat a flat griddle. If you wish you can brush it with oil. I did not
  • Once the griddle or pan is piping hot, add the fish one by one and very carefully.
  • Fry the fish on both sides for 2 to 3 minutes each on medium to high heat

Oven Method:

  • Pre-heat over to 375 degrees F
  • Brush an ovenproof pan with little oil and arrange the fish pieces on it. Make sure  they don’t touch each other
  • Let the fish bake in the oven for 10 to 12 minutes. No need to turn the fish

How to serve:

  • You can enjoy these delicious and healthy fish tikka just like that with some hot sauce
  • You can use these fish tikkas as the filling for tacos or fish roll
  • You can serve these fish tikkas on a bed of rice or quinoa

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Author: MyYellowApron

I’m scrappy, weird and goofy. I’m a snob when it comes to a LOT of things.., Mainly – coffee, wine and chocolates. I laugh loud and yell louder. I run fast, but walk slow. I love walking long walks with a hot mug of coffee held tight between my hands. I have lonely eyes and a kind heart. I forgive but rarely forget. I remember the silliest of things and forget important matters. I love to run, read, cook and entertain. I draw inspirations from anything and everything aesthetic. There are numerous people who have and still continue to enrich my life in many good ways. I will remain indebted to them – Always. My dad is my biggest fan when it comes to cooking. I could see his eyes light up every time I serve something. My mom’s agility and affectionate nature that reflects on her food is something I’m still trying to master. Travel fascinates me amongst other things. Leave me in Venice and I would get lost in its timeless beauty – The canals. The piazzas. The art. The espresso. Leave me in NYC and I would tirelessly walk the length and breadth of the city (after all, There is always something open 24 hours a day). Through this blog, I am hoping to bring in my passion and love for a few things – Cooking, Travel, Kids, Coffee, Clothes and in the interim learn more myself. Hope I am able to do justice to my PASSION.

128 thoughts

  1. I love fish especially if it’s in a fillet form, the freshness and health benefits of fish make me wanna eat it every day but the fish bones annoy me lot. That Tandoori Fish Tikka seems like a very tasty dish.

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  2. Doesn’t this look good! I no longer eat meat and that’s why I lean towards fish and chicken and it’s really nice to learn new recipes such as this! YUM!

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  3. Probably one of the biggest changes that I’ve made as of late is I started tracking my calories as a way to control portion size. It’s made me realize how small some food needs to be portioned and how big other portions actually are. It’s made a huge difference and I am feeling healthier & looking leaner just with this small change. As for baking with almond flour. . .I absolutely love it and the nuttiness that it brings to a recipe (of course I am all about the almonds & eat a ton of almond based ingredients on the regular).

    As for this fish tikka. . .it looks so fantastic. I eat a lot of chicken tikka (I started eating this when I was living in Kenya). . .but I’ve never had fish tikka. I’m definitely going to need to give this a try, especially since the hubby has started to eat more fish.

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  4. My husband and I just LOVE Indian food… especially when I can make it at home. I love that you use already made tandori masala sauce, that makes for a nice quick weeknight meal. I’ve never tried fish with tandori so I definitely am going to make this soon!

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  5. I still have a fear of quinoa, but I may try to be brave and embrace the grain as you have. The dish looks amazing. I actually need new quick dinner dish ideas.


  6. That looks so good! It’s packed with flavor and what I love is that it’s not cooked with anything fatty! It’s a win for me.


  7. That’s really lovely. It’s not that difficult to make. I’ve been looking for recipes like this ever since I started my whole 30 diet and I am definitely keeping this one!


  8. This looks mouth watering!!! And your photography is just beyond amazing! Totally going to try this on the weekend, it looks delicious! x

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  9. These look lovely! My family don’t eat fish but you could easily replace it for chicken. I will check out your other recipes always great to get some new ideas!

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  10. This looks so good. My husband loves fish tacos but I can never find a good recipe. I’m going to have to give this a try. I love how well seasoned the fish looks.

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  11. Quinoa really isn’t as evil as people may think. It does take a bit to get used to if you aren’t used to it. My husband expected it to be just like rice, but it’s a little different. This recipe looks amazing by the way!!


  12. I don’t eat seafood, but I’ll to share the link to your recipe with some of my friends and family members that enjoy it. Especially my mom!


  13. I love fish and Indian food but I’ve never made any combination of the two. I pinned this for later because this sounds like something I would really enjoy.


  14. Hey, can I use Garam Masala in replace of Tandoori Masala?

    Also, would baking the fish in foil be better than not covering it up? I’m concern abt it turning out dry.


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