Move over Chicken Tikka and Paneer Tikka , for here comes equally delectable and indeed more delightful curry – Fish Tikka Masala. This is so easy , simple to prepare and takes lesser time to cook. So next time, if you are not sure what to cook for dinner/parties/occasions, make this delectable curry and surprise your family and friends

Now the beauty of this dish is that grilled fish is more flaky, melt in mouth and hence renders unique delightful taste to this curry. The other day , when I prepared Paneer Tikka Masala (recipe followiing shortly), I had to make this dish too. I often prepare Chicken tikka and Paneer Tikka so this time as a change, I thought of making this dish and who would have thought that this would turn out to be a super hit dish 🙂

*I have used grill pan to grill the fish, you can grill this in oven/grill or over stove top. Preheat grill to medium heat. Thread fish into skewers. If you are using wooden skewers, then insert wooden skewers into water for 30 minutes before use. Grill kebabs on medium heat for 10 minutes turning occasionally . Fish Fillets take less time to cook so keep close eye on it

**Use firm fleshed fish fillets else it will start to break off easily while grilling

***It’s best to cover and let the dish stand for 20 minutes after it’s cooked to allow the flavors to set in well

Do watch the video for better clarity in preparation and share your experience once you prepare the dish

Fish Tikka Masala

Preparation Time: 90 mins Cook Time: 75 mins Total time: 165 mins

Servings: 5


  • 500g Fish Fillet cut into cubes

For Marination

  • 4 tbsp Yogurt
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 teaspoon Lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon Ginger garlic paste
  • 1 teaspoon Red Chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon fish masala/garam masala
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed kasuri Methi

For Gravy

  • 2 Tomatoes roughly chopped
  • 4 tbsp Cashews
  • 3-4 tbsp Oil
  • 2 medium Onions finely chopped
  • 2 Green Chillies slit
  • 1 teaspoon Ginger garlic paste
  • 1-2 tbsp Cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed kasuri Methi (dried fenugreek leaves)
  • 1 teaspoon Red Chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon Garam Masala pwder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Fennel powder
  • 1 tbsp Coriander powder
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 cup Water
  • 1/2 teaspoon Jeera (cumin seeds)
  • 3 tbsp chopped Coriander leaves (cilantro)

Steps to prepare

  • In a bowl , add all the ingredients mentioned under marination section. Whisk until well combined
  • Add fish fillet and marinate well
  • Rest it on the counter for 30 minutes
  • Meanwhile grind tomatoes and cashews to form smooth puree
  • Heat a grill pan and grease all over
  • Place the fish fillets on the pan and grill it on both sides
  • Keep the grilled fish aside
  • Heat oil in a pan
  • Add cumin seeds and allow it to splutter
  • Add onions and saute until they brown
  • Now add green chilies and ginger garlic paste
  • Saute until raw aroma disappears
  • Add all the spice powders and salt
  • Mix well for few seconds
  • Add tomato puree mix to the pan
  • Saute until mixture starts leaving sides of the pan, approx 7-8 minutes
  • Add 1 cup water and mix well
  • Bring the curry to boil
  • Add in grilled fish fillet and gently mix
  • Simmer and cook for 2-3 minutes
  • Add Kasuri methi and cream. Gently mix
  • Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot with roti/naan or pulao
Fish Tikka Masala

Posted by:Rekha Unni

Humble quirky soul embarking on beautiful journey of love called Life. Cooking is one of my favorite hobbies and I love experimenting with different types of foods. it's the love of cooking for my family which has made this hobby as one of my passions

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