Nadan Karimeen Fry


Today I’m sharing the recipe of Nadan Karimeen Fry. This is my all time favorite fish dish. This recipe is an exotic dish of karimeen fry cooked in traditional Nadan style. Spicy and flavorful Karimeen fry is tempting and irresistible and you will never say enough. The fried dish goes perfect with a bowl of white steamed rice. Pearl Spot also known as Karimeen is widely available in Kerala backwaters and this is a popular dish served in house boats. Since this is an exotic dish, Pearl Spot fishes are very costly nowadays so the general lot cannot afford to buy the fish. Karimeen or Pearl Spot fish is a favorite of sea food lovers in Kerala. The fish gets uniquely flavored with the sweetness of fresh water and the salinity of sea water. In Kerala, toddy shops offer Nadan Karimeen Fry shallow fried crisp in hot coconut oil.

Karimeen is rich in protein and omega 3 fatty acids. It is a low fat food that keeps our heart and brain healthy. Karimeen fishes are coated in the spicy aromatic masala before deep frying. Marinate well before deep frying so that the masalas penetrate well into the fish pieces. Fry the fish well and crisp so that the small bones will not hurt you. Be careful while kids are savoring the fish delicacy. Remove the bones and let the kids savor Nadan Karimeen Fry. Though costly, you should taste the wonderful delicacy. You should not miss out the exotic dish at least once in your lifetime. Pearl spot can be farmed under intensive farming techniques in freshwater and salt water eco systems in cages and ponds. You can explore a well detailed and step wise illustrated recipe here that can be easily prepared at home. Enjoy the favorite delicacy with your family.


Nadan Karimeen Fry

Nadan Karimeen Fry

Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Kerala
Servings 4 people



  • For preparing the dish, first clean karimeen well with salt and water. Dry the fishes and make small slits on the fish.
  • Grind garlic and fennel seeds to make a smooth paste.
  • Mix together red chilly powder, turmeric powder, garlic fennel seed paste, 1 tbsp oil, water and salt as required to make a paste.
  • Apply this paste carefully on karimeen fishes, cover and keep aside for 30 minutes.
  • Heat oil in a pan and deep fry karimeen fishes on both sides to a golden brown color. Take care while frying that the karimeen fishes are not too much browned and hard.
  • Serve fry dish hot! 🙂 This is one of the tastiest dishes and will definitely tempt you for more.


You can explore here an easy to prepare Tasty Karimeen Fry.  You can also visit this link Karimeen Masala Fry.
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Response (2)
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    Hridya Vinod February 6, 2020

    Just loved it, recipe explained in detail.

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    helan September 2, 2021

    Thanks For Sharing this Amazing Recipe. My Family Loved It. I will be sharing this Recipe with my Friends. Hope They will like it.

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