Feb 142014

Hamour Fish Fry is a quick, easy and yummy Kerala fish recipe. Fried Hamour Fish cooked Kerala style is a pretty droolworthy fish dish that tastes awesome with steamed rice.

Hamour Fish Fry Kerala Recipe

Hamour Fish Fry

Hamour Fish (brown spotted reef cod) is found abundantly in the Persian Gulf. This is a simple fish recipe with Hamour that tastes really good! Golden-brown fried Hamour just explodes with flavour!

Fish is an excellent source of lean protein and omega-3 fatty acids. It helps fight depression, heart-disease and has cancer-fighting properties.

Kerala Hamour Fish Fry Recipe:

Fish fry with Hamour – a simple and easy fish recipe where fresh fish pieces are infused with masalas and shallow fried till cooked through – tastes really good! This fantastic shallow-fried fish dish features fresh hamour and spicy masalas. Your family and friends are sure gonna love it!

How to make Red Hamour Fish Fry:

1. To prepare Hamour fry, clean and wash the fish well. Pat dry, lightly score the fish on either side and set aside.

2. Take mustard seeds, garlic pods, chopped ginger, chilli powder, turmeric powder, black pepper powder and salt in a mixie jar and grind to thick, smooth paste with a little water. Add lemon juice and combine well. 

Pan Fried Spicy Masala Fish Recipe

Fish Marinade for Hamour Fry

3. Evenly coat both sides of the Hamour with masala paste. Let it rest for 30 minutes so that the fish soaks in all the flavors.

4. Heat oil in a frying pan. Place the spicy masala Red Hamour in the pan and shallow fry for about 4-5 minutes on  each side or until the fish is done. Remove onto a paper napkin.

6. Serve Kerala Hamour Fish Fry with Steamed Rice.

Fish Fry With Hamour Recipe

Fish Fry With Hamour

If you are looking for more fish recipes, do try out Fish Kalia and Spicy Meen Curry.

Fried Red Hamour Fish Recipe details:

Hamour Fish Recipe
Prep Time
40 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
55 mins
Hamour Fish Fry cooked Kerala style is a simple and easy fish fry recipe. Hamour, coated with a thick, spicy masala paste and fried to perfection, tastes real good with rice. Try out this simple Hamour fish recipe.
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Kerala
Servings: 6
Calories: 109 kcal
Author: Anjali Rajan
  • Hamour Fish Brown spotted reef cod – 6 pieces
  • Oil to shallow fry
For the marinade:
  • Mustard seeds – 1 tsp
  • Garlic - 2-3 pods
  • Ginger - ¼ cup finely chopped
  • Red Kashmiri chili powder – 1 ½ tsp
  • Turmeric powder - ½ tsp
  • Black pepper powder 1 tsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Lime - 1
  1. Clean the fish and pat dry.
  2. Grind all the ingredients listed under marinade to a fine paste and add 2 tsp of lime juice. (You can add 1 tsp of vinegar alternatively).
  3. The masala shouldn’t be too watery. Apply this mixture on both the sides of the fish.
  4. Keep aside for about 30 minutes, till all the flavours seep in.
  5. Pour oil in a frying pan and fry each side roughly for about 4-5 minutes, till the hamour fish cooks through.
  6. Serve hot Kerala Hamour Fish Fry as a side dish with rice.
Recipe Notes

* You can temper the oil with some fresh curry leaves to add some extra flavour to the dish.


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