Four pieces of fried sheela fish in a plate

Sheela Fish Fry / Cripsy Fish Fry

A Spicy and Crispy Indian Style Fish Fry.
Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine Indian
Keyword Barracuda Fish Fry, fish fry, Sheela Fish Fry, Sheela Meen
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Marinating time 30 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 6 Pieces
Calories 210kcal
Author Shalini


  • Sheela Fish cut into pieces – 6
  • 2 tsp Ginger Garlic Paste
  • 1 tbsp Chili powder
  • 2 tsp Coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 1 tbsp Curry leaves finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp Gram flour/ Kadalai maavu
  • Salt as required
  • Half a lemon
  • Oil for frying


How to make Sheela Fish Fry

  • Take a bowl and add everything mentioned above except fish and oil.  Add enough water to make a paste.
  • Apply paste on the both the sides of the fish pieces. Let it marinate for at least 20 mins. Marinated fish can be either deep fried or roasted over a tawa. I prefer roasting over tawa.
  • Heat a tawa and spread a tbsp of oil all over it.
  • When the tawa is hot, place the pieces and drizzle some oil over it. Cook for 1 min on one side and then flip it.
  • Cook it for another 1 min and reduce the flame to medium. Roast it for a min on both sides and transfer to a serving plate.


  • The tawa should be hot, when you place the fish over it. Only then the masala will stick to the fish.