Tandoori Fish Tikka: A Zesty Appetiser With a Burst of Flavours
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The Tandoori Fish Tikka is a delicious way to enjoy fish. It is very popular and liked in northern India. The Tandoori oven is used for making all Tandoori recipes, but you can also make it at home in your oven or grill pan. It is best to have a barbecue to prepare Tandoori Fish Tikka. It takes two marinades to make Tandoori Fish Tikka. The first marinade absorbs all the spices, while the second marinade gives the fish a nice crust. You can pick any fish you like. This dish can be offered as a starter or as a first course.

People relish this hot spicy starter with cocktails and mocktails. Tandoori Fish Tikka originated from Punjab but is now prepared all over India. It is one of the most commonly prepared non-vegetarian party snacks. While it is simple to prepare fish tikka, one must understand the real use of spices in preparing it. For fish tikka to be prepared properly, a blend of spices is essential. The fish is marinated in this mixture of spices and curd. The irresistible combination of spices and curds makes this dish a winner. The curd in the marinade gives it a smooth texture, and the fish fillets absorb this and become tender and juicy. One can also add black salt to the marinade to add a special touch. A unique savoury taste is channelled into the dish by it. Also, adding mustard oil gives a smoky flavour to the Tikkas.

Here’s the recipe for Tandoori Fish Tikka.

Preparation time: 10-12 mins

Cooking time: 10-12 mins

Servings: 2-3


  • 1 cup thick yoghurt
  • 5 tbsps oil
  • 1 onion paste
  • 1 tbsp ginger paste
  • 1 tbsp garlic paste
  • 5 tbsps lemon juice
  • ½ tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg powder
  • 1 tbsp red chilli powder 
  • Salt, to taste 
  • Coriander, for garnishing


  • The marinade ingredients should be mixed in a large container and blended into a paste using a whisk.
  • Now, you need to add the powdered spices and whisk everything in a proper manner.
  • Use your hands to evenly coat both sides of the fish fillet as you add it to the marinade.
  • Place a lid on the marinated bowl and refrigerate for one hour.
  • Now skewer the fish and put some coriander on it.
  • Cook for 10-12 minutes.

Now you just have to serve it hot with green chutney.

The starter sets the tone for the rest of the meal. You will definitely love this starter recipe if you try it. With a few easily available ingredients, you can make Tandoori Fish Tikka at home in a restaurant-style. Tandoori Fish Tikka is served as an appetiser or snack with cilantro mint chutney, lemon wedges, and onion slices. However, it is excellent paired with a salad such as a green tossed salad or corn salad.