How to make Baked Tandoori Fish in 15 minutes
This baked Tandoori Fish is a classic Indian recipe that is very popular not just among Indians but non-Indians too and for good reason. This simple, easy and effortless recipe gets ready in about 15 minutes. Using simple spices to flavor the fish, and a yogurt marinade that keeps the fish soft, moist and almost melts in your mouth.
Tandoori actually means cooked in a special earth oven! A really huge oven made of mud, hollow on the inside and the temperature is hotter than any oven you will get in our home or commercial ovens yup!! Of course, those ovens require a special location so we usually have to make do with our home ovens. But if you ever do get an opportunity to try food made outta a Tandoor! Go for it.. The taste is truly something you will not forget.
Tandoori is not just for Chicken!! I know that Tandoori Chicken is usually the most popular among non-Indians. BUT!!
The tandoori masala is a very versatile marinade and can be used for just about anything. The classic and most popular is, of course, the Chicken Tandoori. I often make fish or prawns but I do also make just veggies. I use it over Cauliflower, potatoes, turnips! The marinade really brings out the flavor of the main ingredient so beautifully!
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- Fish – Personally I think white Fish Fillet works best – I like to keep it a Fillet – but you can cut it into smaller chunks like the Fish Tikka and you can so skewer these onto a barbecue skewer.
- Spice –
- The next time you are at an Asian / Indian grocery store. Look for Tandoori Masala Powder – It’s a good mix of spices that are good to have around if you like cooking Indian food. Usually, these have a long shelf life but you can put them in a box and in the fridge and they stay fresh longer.
- For this recipe today we are going to make it without store-bought tandoori masala. Just homemade tandoori masala which is actually a combination of regular Indian spices you can easily find like cumin, coriander etc.
- Yogurt – Traditionally Tandoori is made with yogurt but if you prefer you can add just to tablespoons of coconut cream to make this vegan or parve. The coconut cream will make sure the fish stays moist and creamy.
- Greek Yogurt – The purpose of using Greek Yogurt to make this Indian Tandoori Fish is mainly because Greek Yogurt is thick with less moisture. I remember my mom would take regular homemade yogurt, place it in a muslin cloth – place that into a sieve and let it sit for few hours so the excess moisture would drain out of the yogurt making it thick. Nowadays we fast forward that process using Greek yogurt.
Bake it or Grills it.
For a weekday lunch, I love to bake my Tandoori Fish Fillet but often for a BBQ party I will cut the fish into chunks, thread them onto skewers and grill them. If you haven’t tried grilled Fish Tandoori it’s absolutely delicious. The caramelized yogurt dressing never tasted any better – Trust me.
The Fish Fillets in the oven take about 15 minutes – if you cut them into smaller chunks they should take not more than 7 to 10 minutes. When the fish is cooked when it looks while not opaque
Recipe – Baked Tandoori Fish in 15 minutes (Save/Pin for later)
Wouldn’t that make an amazing weekday lunch?
I served these with my Spiced Indian Potatoes.
- Fish fillets – 4 medium (about 2 lbs)
- Canola oil – 2 tbsp
- Greek yogurt – 120 ml (1/2 cup)
- Garlic cloves – 2 large
- Ginger – 1/4 inch piece
- Lemon juice – 1/2 tbsp
- Pepper powder – 1/2 tsp
- Salt – 1 tsp
- Pinch of red edible tandoori color (optional – mostly used in restaurants)
- Coriander powder – 1 tbsp
- Cumin powder – 1 tsp
- Hot paprika (for spiciness) – 1 tsp
- Sweet paprika (for the color) 1 tsp
- Wash, clean and pat dry the fish.
- Season with salt, pepper and lemon juice
- In a separate bowl – mix all the rest of the ingredients.
- Give it a good mix
- Add the fish – let marinate. You can leave this to marinate for a few minutes to an hour or even overnight.
- Preheat the oven to 200 C / 400 F
- Line a baking tray with foil for easy cleanup.
- Spray some cooking oil to avoid the fish sticking.
- Place fish on the oiled foil
- Baked in the preheated oven – on the middle rack
- Fish takes about 15 minutes to cook.
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Baked Tandoori Fish in Just 15 minutes
This baked Tandoori Fish is a Classic Indian recipe that is very popular. It's surprisingly easy and gets ready in about 15 minutes. While the simple spices flavor the fish, the yogurt in the marinade keeps the fish soft moist almost melts in your mouth.
Ingredients - Choose (Metric or US Customary) below
- 4 Fish fillets about 2 lbs
- 2 tbsp Canola oil
- 120 ml Greek yogurt
- 2 Garlic cloves
- 1/4 inch Ginger
- 1/2 tbsp Lemon juice
- 1/2 tsp Pepper powder
- 1 tsp Salt
- 1 pinch of red edible tandoori color optional - mostly used in restaurants
- 1 tbsp Coriander powder
- 1 tsp Cumin powder
- 1 tsp Hot paprika for spiciness
- 1 tsp Sweet paprika for the color
Wash, Clean and pat dry the fish.
Season with salt, pepper and lemon juice
In a separate bowl - mix all the rest of the ingredients.
Give it a good mix
Add the fish - let marinate.
You can leave this to marinate for a few minutes to an hour or even overnight.
Preheat the oven to 200 C / 400 F
Line a baking tray with foil for easy cleanup.
Spray some cooking oil to avoid the fish sticking.
Place fish on the oiled foil
Baked in the preheated oven - on the middle rack
Fish takes about 15 minutes to cook.