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Masala Fried Fish

This spicy and delicious red snapper dish is full of flavor; the fillets are coated with a mixture of spices and then shallow fried.

Prep Time:  15 minutes Cooking Time: 10 minutes  Serves: 4

2 lbs. red snapper fillets (or preferred fish steaks), skinned and deboned


2 tsp. red chili powder

2 tsp. ground cumin

2 tsp. ground coriander

1 tsp. ground turmeric

1/2 tsp. garam masala

1/2 tsp. brown sugar

2 Tbsp. fresh lime or lemon juice

1 c. all purpose flour

1/4 c. extra light olive oil for shallow-frying

salt to taste


4 lime wedges

1 Tbsp. chopped fresh cilantro

1. Place fillets on a large cutting board.

2. In a bowl, mix all the ingredients for the marinade.  Rub into snapper and marinate for 15 minutes. Note:  Besides turmeric’s health benefits, it also acts as a preservative.

3. On a flat plate, spread flour. Gently press both sides of the snapper onto the flour, coating it evenly.

4. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Shallow-fry fish for 10 minutes (about 5 minutes on each side, or until fish is cooked through).

5. Salt to taste. Squirt a few drops of lime juice on the snapper and garnish with cilantro. Serve with raita, rice, or pasta.

What’s good for you:

v Red snapper fillets are full of important B vitamins, potassium, and heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids. They are also an excellent source of protein.

v Red chili contains capsaicin, which helps fight inflammation and provides pain relief. Chili peppers also provide cardiovascular benefits by reducing blood cholesterol and triglyceride levels; they also boost immunity, due to their vitamin A and C content.

v Cumin is a very good source of iron. It is great for energy and immune functions, helps with digestion, and may have anticarcinogenic properties, which help prevent cancer.

v Coriander aids in digestion, has anti-inflammatory properties, and contains phytonutrients that are protective against cancer; it is a good source of iron, magnesium, and manganese.