Masala Fish

(from mchelelau’s recipe box)

Source: Vasanti Balan

Serves 4 people

Categories: Fish, Main Entree


  • Makes 2 packets
  • 2 tilapia or any other firm, white fish fillets like cod, halibut, sea bass
  • The Masala
  • 1 generous handful of cilantro, roughly chopped along with the stems 2 large garlic cloved, smashed and peeled
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1 lemon, 1⁄2 sliced and 1⁄2 juice squeezed
  • 1 inch piece of ginger, peeled and roughly chopped
  • salt
  • black pepper
  • 1⁄4 cup extra virgin olive oil


  1. The Masala

  2. Combine all the ingredients of the masala, except the lemon slices, in a food processor and grind to a smooth paste.

  3. Baking the Fish

  4. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

  5. Place about a foot long sheet of aluminum foil or parchment paper on a work surface for each fillet of fish. Then place the fillets on top of the foil or paper and spread the masala over to cover the side. Turn the fish over and spread some more masala on the other side.

  6. Lay a couple of lemon slices and cilantro leaves on top of the fish and seal up the foil packets, making sure it won’t leak during the baking process. You can let the fish marinate for 15-30 mins in the packets itself over the counter. Marination is recommended but not necessary.

  7. Place the foil packets on a baking sheet. Bake for 12-15 mins depending on the thickness of the fish. Gently transfer the fish along with the masala over rice or on the side of vegetables and serve immediately.

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