Fish Fry Powder Recipe

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Make your culinary adventures better with my fish fry powder—a meticulously crafted blend of aromatic spices designed to enhance your favorite fish dishes.

Join me as I reveal the secrets behind this flavorful seasoning, explore alternatives, and discover its versatility in various dishes.

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Fish Fry Powder


  • Create dishes with meticulously crafted fish fry powder, enhancing the flavors of your favorite fish with aromatic spices.
  • Uncover the secrets behind this versatile seasoning, exploring alternatives and diving into culinary excellence.
  • Follow the concise step-by-step guide with images for perfecting the fish fry powder—from roasting to achieving the ideal consistency.
  • Learn expert tips, from experimenting with spice ratios to precision in grinding, ensuring a well-balanced blend for your fish fry powder.
  • Discover essential storage tips, emphasizing airtight containers, cool and dark spaces, and periodic checks to maintain freshness.

How to Make Fish Fry Powder? (Step by Step Guide with Images)

Step 1: Take a frying pan and heat it on a very low flame on your gas stove.

Heating a pan

Step 2: When it is hot, put 1 tsp of cumin seeds, 1.5 tsp of coriander seeds, and ½ tsp of carom seeds or ajwain to dry roast them.

Putting 1 tsp of cumin seeds, 1.5 tsp of coriander seeds, and ½ tsp of carom seeds or ajwain in a pan

Step 3: Stir the spices continuously for about a minute or two until they are roasted properly without getting burnt and you can smell the flavor of the roasted spices.

Stirring the spices continuously

Step 4: Turn the flame of your gas stove off and leave it for some to cool completely.

Cool the ingredients

Step 5: Now take a mortar & pestle (haman dista). Make sure it is dry. You may also use your dry grinder at this point.

A mortar & pestle (haman dista)

Step 6: Pour the roasted spices into it.

Pouring the roasted spices into it

Step 7: Crush them gently.

Crushing them gently

Step 8: Keep checking and grind the spices until you get a coarse powder.

Grinding the spices until you get a coarse powder

Step 9: When done, it is time to add a few ground spices to the powder.

Adding a few ground spices to the powder

Step 10: Add ½ tsp table salt.

Adding ½ tsp table salt

Step 11: Add 1½ tsp chili flakes.

Adding 1½ tsp chili flakes

Step 12: Add ½ tsp of red chilly powder.

Adding ½ tsp of red chilly powder

Step 13: Also add ½ tsp turmeric powder.

Adding ½ tsp turmeric powder

Step 14: Add ½ tsp garam masala powder.

Adding ½ tsp garam masala powder

Step 15: Add ½ tsp of chaat masala powder.

Adding ½ tsp of chaat masala powder

Step 16: Finally, add ½ tsp garlic powder. You may use garlic paste if you do not have garlic powder but using its powder is better.

Adding ½ tsp garlic powder

Step 17: Mix the ingredients well. Your fish fry powder is ready to be used.

Mixing the ingredients

Pro Tips for Making Fish Fry Powder

Experiment with Spice Ratios: Tailor the blend to your taste buds. Feel free to adjust the quantities of individual spices for a personalized touch.

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Keep Utensils Dry: To prevent clumping, ensure that all utensils, especially the mortar & pestle or grinder, are completely dry before crushing and mixing the spices.

Perfect Roasting: When dry roasting seeds (cumin, coriander, and carom), maintain a low flame. Stir continuously for about a minute or until you catch the delightful aroma. Be cautious not to let them burn.

Precision in Grinding: Use a mortar & pestle or grinder for crushing roasted spices. Check for a coarse consistency, ensuring not to grind into a fine powder. This texture adds depth to your fish fry powder.

Temperate Mixing: When combining spices, add them gradually to ensure an even distribution. Mix gently, allowing the flavors to meld. Take your time to avoid any clumps and achieve a well-balanced blend.

Fish Fry Powder Storing Tips

Airtight is Right: Store your homemade fish fry powder in an airtight container. This helps to preserve its freshness and prevents external moisture or odors from affecting the blend.

Cool and Dark Wins the Race: Choose a cool and dark storage spot for your container. Exposure to heat and sunlight can compromise the quality of the spices over time.

Keep Away from Direct Heat Sources: Keep the stored powder away from direct heat sources, such as stovetops or ovens. This precaution helps maintain its original potency and prevents clumping.

Check and Rotate: Periodically check your stored Fish Fry Powder for any changes in aroma or color. If it seems less vibrant, consider making a fresh batch. Rotate your stock to use the older blend first.

Dry Spoon Only: When retrieving the powder for use, make sure to use a dry spoon. This prevents any moisture from entering the container and extends the shelf life of your homemade creation.

How Does Fish Fry Powder Taste?

Warm and Inviting: The blend of cumin, coriander, and ajwain delivers a warmth that wraps around your taste buds, setting the stage for a cozy culinary experience.

Spice Symphony: A careful mix of chili flakes, chili powder, and garam masala provides a delightful spiciness, creating a harmonious symphony of flavors that dance on your palate.

Umami Magic: The addition of chaat masala and garlic contributes to a subtle umami richness, adding depth and complexity to each bite.

Balanced Heat: The careful proportions ensure a balanced heat, allowing the spices to shine without overwhelming the natural taste of the fish.

Slight Tanginess: The chaat masala introduces a hint of tanginess, providing a refreshing contrast and elevating the overall taste profile.

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Fish Fry Powder Alternatives

Traditional Masala Mix: Swap out specific spices with a traditional masala mix for a classic twist. It brings a different depth of flavor to your fish fry.

Herb Infusion: Experiment with a blend of dried herbs for a more herbal and aromatic alternative.

Curry Powder Magic: Replace some or all of the spices with a good-quality curry powder. This alternative offers a fusion of spices, adding complexity to the flavor profile.

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Lemon Pepper Elegance: Elevate simplicity with a combination of lemon zest and freshly ground black pepper. This alternative provides a bright and zesty kick to your fish.

Garlic and Onion Powder Duo: Create a robust flavor profile using a combination of garlic powder and onion powder, adding a savory depth to your fish.

What Dishes Can Fish Fry Powder be Used in?

Masala Fish Fry: Coat your fish generously with the fish fry powder before frying to create a masala-infused, flavorful crispy crust.

Tandoori Fish Tikka: Mix the fish fry powder with yogurt and marinate your fish for a delectable tandoori fish tikka with a perfect blend of spices.

Spicy Fish Curry: Enhance the spice level of your fish curry by incorporating the fish fry powder for an extra kick of flavor.

Fish Biryani: Add a twist to your fish biryani by seasoning the fish with the fish fry powder before layering it with fragrant rice for a delightful fusion.

Stir-Fried Fish: Elevate a quick stir-fry by tossing fish cubes in fish fry powder, creating a speedy and delicious weeknight dinner.

Fish Kebabs: Shape fish into kebabs, coat with the fish fry powder, and grill for a succulent and spiced-up version of fish kebabs.

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Fish Fry Powder

By Mita Mondal
Fish fry powder is a special mix of spices designed to make your fish dishes tastier. It's made by roasting and blending aromatic spices like cumin, coriander, and others.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Condiments
Cuisine Indian
Servings 8 tsp
Calories 8 kcal


  • 1 tsp Cumin seeds
  • 1.5 tsp Coriander seeds
  • ½ tsp Carom seeds (ajwain) 
  • 1.5 tsp Chili flakes
  • ½ tsp Chili powder
  • ½ tsp Turmeric powder
  • ½ tsp Garam masala powder
  • ½ tsp Chaat masala powder
  • ½ tsp Garlic powder
  • ½ tsp Salt


  • Begin by warming a frying pan over low heat on your gas stove.
  • Once the pan is heated, introduce 1 teaspoon of cumin seeds, 1.5 teaspoons of coriander seeds, and ½ teaspoon of carom seeds (ajwain) for dry roasting.
  • Continuously stir the spices for approximately one to two minutes until they're properly roasted, emitting a fragrant aroma without burning.
  • Turn off the gas stove and allow the roasted spices to cool completely.
  • Grab a mortar and pestle or a dry grinder for the next steps.
  • Transfer the cooled roasted spices into the mortar.
  • Gently crush the spices.
  • Keep grinding the spices until achieving a coarse powder consistency.
  • Now, it's time to incorporate additional ground spices into the mixture.
  • Add ½ teaspoon of table salt.
  • Introduce 1½ teaspoons of chili flakes.
  • Mix in ½ teaspoon of red chili powder.
  • Include ½ teaspoon of turmeric powder.
  • Add ½ teaspoon of garam masala powder.
  • Mix in ½ teaspoon of chaat masala powder.
  • Finally, incorporate ½ teaspoon of garlic powder. If unavailable, garlic paste can be used, but the powder works best.
  • Thoroughly blend all the ingredients together. Congratulations! Your homemade fish fry powder is now ready to elevate your dish.
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Storage: Store the fish fry powder in an airtight container in a cool, dry place. Properly stored, it can retain its flavor for several months.
Customization: Feel free to adjust the spice levels according to your preference. You can increase or decrease the quantity of chili flakes, red chili powder, or any other spice to suit your taste.
Freshness: For the best flavor, try to use whole spices and grind them just before making the powder. However, pre-ground spices can also be used if whole spices are unavailable.
Versatility: This fish fry powder isn't just limited to fish; it can also be used to season other seafood like prawns or even as a seasoning for vegetables or paneer (Indian cottage cheese).
Experimentation: Don't hesitate to experiment with additional spices or herbs such as curry leaves, fenugreek seeds, or fennel seeds to create your unique blend.
Application: Coat fish pieces generously with this powder before frying or grilling for an enhanced flavor profile. You can also add a splash of lemon juice or a marinade for extra zing.
Labeling: Don’t forget to label the container with the preparation date to keep track of its freshness.
Experimentation and Enjoyment: Don’t be afraid to experiment with proportions or additional spices to suit your taste buds. Enjoy the process of creating your unique blend and savoring the flavors it adds to your dishes!

Nutrition Info (Estimation Only)

Nutrition Facts
Fish Fry Powder
Amount per Serving
Calories from Fat 3
% Daily Value*
Saturated Fat
Polyunsaturated Fat
Monounsaturated Fat
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Enhance your culinary adventures with my fish fry powder.

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It is – a secret and versatile ingredient for delectable fish dishes that will leave your taste buds craving for more.

It will transform not just fish fry but an array of dishes, bringing a burst of Indian flavors to your kitchen.

Delight in the magic of homemade seasoning and savor each bite with a symphony of spices.

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