Easy Bengali fried fish recipe – making my mum proud
Update! This post was updated I’m November 2020 to include a detailed Q and A and additional recipe suggestions and options.
Now, I don’t eat nearly as much fish as I should. That’s pretty shocking being a Bengali mum, but fish is just not something I’ve really gotten into.
Easy Bengali fried fish recipe
Ingredients for Bengali fried fish
- Meaty fish with skin on, chopped into 1inch thick portions (I used Ayr, it’s a traditional Bengali fish. Another popular option is rohu fish, but you can use other fish such as cod or salmon)
- 1 onion, thinly sliced
- 1tbsp cooking oil
- 1tsp chilli powder
- 1tsp turmeric powder
- 1/2tsp curry powder
- 1/2tsp salt
- Small bunch fresh coriander, finely chopped
- 2-3 fresh green chillies
In a bowl, place the fish with the spices and salt.
Mix together until the fish is well coated in the spices and has turned a golden colour.
Bengali friend fish Q and A
1) What Bengali fish can you use for this recipe?
The best Bengali fish for an authentic Bengali fried fish recipe are:
- Rohu maas (rohu fish)
- Boal maas (boal fish)
- Elish maas (elish fish)
- Puti maas (puti fish)
- Ayer maas (Ayer fish)
Ot any other big Bengali fish
2) which of the fish have the least bones?
Boal fish usually has least bones. Rohu and ayer also do not have too many bones, so is manageable. According to many a Bangladeshi fish aficionado (mainly my sister), elish is the tastiest Bengali fish but has a lot of bones!
3) if you don’t have Bengali fish, what other options?
Good Bengali fish substitutes for the Bengali fried fish recipe are:
- Sea bass
- Sea bream
- Sprats are really good and really cheap too!
For my recipe for the best Bangladeshi lamb curry, click here.
For my baked bass fish recipe, click here.
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