Red Snapper Fish Fry | Chemballi Meen Fry


Red Snapper Fish Fry is a lip smacking fish delicacy, very popular in Kerala Cuisine. Fish fry is a must for Malayalees to accompany noon day meals. Red Snapper fish is fondly known as ‘Chemballi’ in Kerala. Chemballi Meen Fry is perhaps one of the easiest ones, that can be easily prepared at home. It requires just a few readily available ingredients. The delicious, crispy and spicy fish fry makes for a great appetizer or a delicious side dish to a meal. The lemon flavored fried delicacy is a unique and special dish. Fish pieces are marinated with the spicy marinade and deep fried to a golden brown color. Marinating fish for a longer period helps the flesh of the fish to absorb the flavors well. Frying fish releases the original flavor of fish compared to fish curry dishes. No other side dishes are required if you have a fish fry with noon day meals. The dish should be savored hot and crispy.

Chemballi Meen Fry is a sought after dish in Kerala Cuisine. Fish delicacies are greatly loved for its unique and distinct flavor and texture compared to meat. Red Snapper known for its white flesh pairs well with Indian spices. Consuming seafood is extremely nutritious and eating on a regular basis enhances the overall health. Fishes are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, Vitamin A and Vitamin B. Red Snapper is a good choice since it is high in pottasium. It is advised to consume more fish other than poultry products for healthy tomorrows. Buy fish from known sources and make sure it is fresh and not stale. Also do not keep batter coated fish pieces for more than a day in refrigerator. You can explore a well detailed Red Snapper Fish Fry recipe here. Don’t forget to send me feedback



Red Snapper Fry

Red Snapper Fish Fry | Chemballi Meen Fry

Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Kerala
Servings 4 people



  • Remove all the internal organs, scrape off the scales from the skin using a knife and trim the wings. Remove head and tail.
  • Clean the whole red snapper under the running water. To remove any fishy smell spread little salt on it and rinse with water.
  • Using a sharp knife, put lines on the cleaned fish.
  • In a bowl combine the ingredients: chilli powder, turmeric powder, salt, curry leaves, lemon juice and add little water to make a smooth paste to marinate the fish.
  • Spread the marinade over the fish inside and out side. Keep aside for 10 - 15 minutes.
  • Now it's time to fry the marinated fish pieces.
  • Heat oil in a pan and place the fish for frying. Fry each side for about 5 minutes in medium flame depending upon the thickness of the fish.
  • Remove into a plate and sprinkle some lime juice on the fish fry.


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