Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Fried Fish Steaks : IHCC

"Potluck", our theme for this week at I Heart Cooking Clubs (IHCC), where we are currently cooking from Madhur Jaffrey's recipes until March 2013.

I bought two slices of salmon a couple of weeks ago and decided to cook one of Madhur Jaffrey's fish dish.

Fried Fish Steak is a very easy and simple dish, all the spices are rubbed into the fish, and fry with a little oil until both sides are cooked and light brown. I mixed all the spices and salt in a small bowl first to combine, and then rubbed the spices onto the fish. Coat with some plain flour and keep the fish slices, covered, in the refrigerator about an hour before frying. According to MJ, you may use halibut, salmon or mackerel for this, though I guess, the spices will be suitable for any type of fish.

Fry on both sides until cooked and light brown. Serve with lemon wedges.

Very nice, we had this for dinner with some rice. Especially good when eaten immediately after frying, don't forget that squeeze of lemon!


To view all the potluck dishes that the others are bringing , please visit I Heart Cooking Clubs (IHCC).

I'm sharing this with :
See Ya In The Gumbo hosted by Ms. enPlace
Recipe Box hosted by Bizzy Bakes
Full Plate Thursday hosted by Miz Helen's Country Cottage

Fried Fish Steak
(adapted from "100 Essential Curries", Madhur Jaffrey)
3 medium-sized halibut steaks (about 630gm/1lb 6oz)  (I used 2 salmon slices)
1/3 - 1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 - 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
1/4 teaspoon chilli powder, or to taste
1/2 teaspoon garam masala
1 tablespoon plain flour
4 tablespoons vegetable oil
3 lemon wedges

Lay the fish pieces out in a single layer on a big plate. Dust evenly on both sides with the salt, black pepper, turmeric, chilli powder and garam masala. Rub the spices in. Now dust both sides with the flour and let the steaks sit for 10-15 minutes.

Put the oil in a large frying pan and set over medium-high heat. When hot, put in the steaks in a single layer. When one side turns golden-brown, turn the fish pieces over carefully and brown the second side as well. The fish is done when it is just cooked through. Remove with a slotted spatula and serve with the lemon wedges.


  1. All the spices sound so good. And could this get easier or faster? This recipe would be perfect for a busy night. Thanks for linking this week!

  2. I am so hungry when looking at this dish. I believe it will be nice to eat with anything.

  3. Joyce,
    I am drooling looking at your fish.
    This is simply delish with rice!

  4. I'm going to try this recipe out since I frequently cook salmon. Thanks.

  5. Hi Joyce. This looks simple and delish!

  6. Hi Joyce, the fish steak is beautifully browned and looks delicious! Would gladly try this even though I am scared of frying fish!

  7. Your salmon steak looks so delicious... I can literally smell the spices from across the screen.

  8. I'm salivating by just looking at your fish! I can easily have 2 bowls of rice (I must have rice, eh?) because I'm a fish lover :D

  9. i've never tried rubbing fish with mix of spices..either it's just plain turmeric or curry powder, mmm..i think this shld be nice ..i need to search for my garam's hidden somewhere in my fridge!

  10. Simple and delicious - bookmarked - thanks!
    Mary x

  11. So full of flavor! What a great way to 'dress up' a piece of fish.

  12. Lindo trabajo y muy exquisito me encanta,abrazos y abrazos.

  13. Salmon is great and I like the way you did it, Joyce! I need to get some salmon and try this! Happy New Year!

  14. Very fresh and loaded with flavour!

  15. Hi Joyce,

    The fishes that MJ suggested for this recipe seems to be mostly oily kind of fish. I love mackerel but they are not very common in Melbourne. Salmon sounds good to me! we are all salmon-lovers!


  16. This combination of spices sounds delicious, and so easy to do. Thanks for posting it

  17. Joyce , thinking of that wonderfully flavorful salmon makes me hungry :D The combination of spices sounds fantastic !

  18. This is a simple and fuss free! I like!

  19. I have all the ingredients except the fish lol! I seldom cook fish to avoid the messy splatters of the oil...this sounds very simple and bet taste very delicious!
    Oh, btw, I tried cooking that red pork curry but didn't get to eat it....cos I forgot about it until I smelt the burnt smell coming from the kitchen! sigh!

    1. Hi Jeannie,
      I always use a wok cover to partially cover the wok or saucepan when frying fish, to avoid the splattering all over the place, especially the floor!
      Sorry to hear about your burnt curry! Perhaps you could try again another time! It happens to me too sometimes, especially when I am heating up leftovers!

  20. i love that you used halibut. I have always liked there unique shape in steak form. The outer coating sounds amazing, crunchy and flavorful. Might have to try this with some homemade GF bread crumbs or maybe even some corn flakes? yeah- no? Just thinking outloud

  21. This looks so good. And salmon is on sale here! I know what I'm making for dinner now. Thank you for sharing. I hope you are having a week full of good food and laughter. Happy to start my day here!

  22. Yum! So simple and tasty looking.

  23. Hi Joy,
    I have a goal to eat more fish this year and this is a recipe I would like to try. Thank you so much for celebrating TWO YEARS with FULL PLATE THURSDAY, I appreciate your visit!
    Come Back Soon
    Miz Helen

  24. I love fried fish - growing up that was our dinner every Sunday (Caribbean parents). This Indian version must be so delicious!

  25. This looks to simple to look that delicious. I just happen to have some salmon in the freezer and I do love salmon.

  26. Don't know how I overlooked this recipe for so long! Following your inspiration, we had this for dinner tonight (with salmon). Really easy and tasty. Yum!