Delicious Fish Tikka – Tangy Smoky Fish Kebabs

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Delicious Fish Tikka – Tangy Smoky Fish Kebabs


My family loves Kebabs! I make kebabs and tikkas so often, but I’ve been trying to get the kids to eat more fish.

I tried  these tikkas and the result was superb! My daughter thought it was chicken. These kebabs are tangy and succulent and smoky! They can be served over salads or with chapathis.

Delicious Fish Tikka – Tangy Smoky Fish Kebabs

Recipe Type: Fish /Seafood Entree
Author: Recipes ‘R’ Simple
Prep time: 
Cook time: 20
Total time: 
Serves: 4-6


  • 400 gms King Mackerel / King Fish- Skinles – steaks cut into large cubes

1st Marinade:

  • 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • salt – ( little less than ¾ tsp) or to taste
  • 1 tsp ginger paste
  • 1 tsp garlic paste
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder
  • 2 tsp Kashmir Chili powder

2nd Marinade:

  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds
  • 1 tsp onion seeds (Kalonji)
  • ½ tsp fenugreek seeds
  • ½ tsp black salt (kala namak)
  • 1 cup Yoghurt – not too sour
  • 2 Tbsp Mustard oil (Must be Mustard oil)
  • Melted Butter for Basting


  • The fish should be completely skinless and boneless.
  • Cut into large cubes and rinse.
  • Sprinkle salt over the pieces. leave for 10 minutes.
  • Rinse again and drain again.
  • Place the fish in a bowl with all the ingredients for the ‘1st Marinade’ .
  • initial marinade
  • Set aside for 15-30 minutes.
  • Meanwhile heat a small pan and dry roast the  spices for the ‘2nd Marinade’ (Mustard, Fennel, Fenugreek and Onion Seeds). 
  • toast these spices till crackled
  • Allow the spices to crackle , stirring till you can smell the aroma of the mustard seeds.
  • stir
  • Add this to a mortar and add the black salt to this mixture. Pound to a  powder.
  • add to pestel and mortar black salt add black salt pound to a powder
  • Add this powder and the yoghurt to the marinated fish and mix well.
  • second marinade ingredients leave to marinate
  • Leave to marinate for 30 minutes.
  • In the same pan used for toasting the spices, add the mustard oil and heat till smoking.
  • heat mustard oil till smoking
  • Remove from heat and allow to cool completely.
  • Preheat the oven to 200ºc  / 400ºf.
  • Add the mustard oil to the fish just prior to baking. Incorporate well.
  • add cooled mustard oil just before grilling
  • Place on an oiled oven rack over a foil lined tray and bake for 15-20 minutes or till the raw masala is completely cooked as is the fish.
  • place on oiled rack in oven
  • For the last 2-6 minutes, change the oven setting to broiler( top grill / coil only).
  • Baste the fish well with melted butter and place on the top most rack of the oven, to get nice char marks.
  • baste with butter broil
  •  ( Do not over bake – the fish will dry out.)
  • The fish will cut be crisp on the outside yet super succulent and white on the inside.
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Delicious Fish Tikka – Tangy Smoky Fish Kebabs

Try it and let us know – Delicious Fish Tikka – Tangy Smoky Fish Kebabs .

  • Ginger and garlic paste is made by grinding the freshest ginger or garlic without water  to a smooth paste. You need to use the smallest blender jar for this purpose.
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5 thoughts on “Delicious Fish Tikka – Tangy Smoky Fish Kebabs

  1. I have a microwave but have not used it for cooking any fish I use it for cakes only…can this fish tikka recipe done with the method of shallow frying the fish fishes….

    • This recipe uses a conventional oven and not a microwave oven. However, if you wish, you can grill them on stove top using a grill pan or frying pan as well. Just need a bit of oil in the pan.Careful not to flip too soon or the fish would break easily. :)Happy Cooking to you!

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