Keralan baked fish

Keralan baked fish


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About this recipe: My grandmother taught me this recipe for baked fish with a spicy tomato sauce. It is really yummy. Great served with basmati rice.

Thachi Kerala, India

Serves: 6 

  • 1kg fish fillets of your choice
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • ground turmeric, to taste
  • oil, as needed
  • 4 to 5 onions, finely chopped
  • 5 to 6 tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon chilli powder
  • 1 small piece root ginger, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 2 to 3 green chillies, chopped
  • 250g passata
  • 2 teaspoons vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon caster sugar
  • fresh coriander leaves, to garnish

Prep:20min  ›  Cook:45min  ›  Ready in:1hr5min 

  1. Sprinkle salt and turmeric over the fish and set aside.
  2. In a frying pan over a medium heat, warm a little oil then add the onion, season to taste then add the chopped tomatoes and cook and stir for a minute. Add chilli powder then add the ginger, garlic and green chilli. Cook for 5 to 8 minutes, stirring frequently. Add the passata, vinegar and sugar and cook for 2 minutes. The sauce is ready, so set it aside while you cook the fish.
  3. Preheat the oven to 150 C / Gas 2.
  4. In a frying pan over a medium heat, warm a little oil and fry the fish fillets until they are an even colour throughout. Transfer the fish to a baking dish and pour the tomato sauce over it.
  5. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes. Remove from the oven and transfer to serving plates. Garnish with fresh coriander leaves and serve.


A firm white fish would work well in this recipe such as cod, sea bass or pollock.

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