Fish Tikka
Fish Tikka
5 from 4 votes
Serve this delicious fish tikka recipe over chapatis or naan bread to make this speedy Indian-inspired supper. This fish tikka is juicy, moist, and so flavourful.
Fish Tikka

Welcome to the flavorful world of Fish Tikka! Originating from the vibrant culinary landscape of South Asia, Fish Tikka is a delightful dish that tantalizes the taste buds with its aromatic spices and tender fish chunks.

While traditionally made with pieces of boneless fish, this recipe offers a tantalizing twist that infuses succulent cod with a symphony of spices, resulting in a mouthwatering dish that’s perfect for any occasion.

Fish Tikka is a beloved dish known for its bold flavors and ease of preparation, making it a favorite among home cooks and food enthusiasts alike.

Despite its exotic name, Fish Tikka is surprisingly simple to make, requiring just a handful of ingredients that come together to create a dish bursting with flavor and aroma.

This recipe takes the classic Fish Tikka and elevates it with a marinade featuring a blend of spices including garlic, cumin, coriander, and Kashmiri chili, resulting in a dish that’s rich in flavor and complexity.

Marinating the fish for at least 30 minutes allows the flavors to meld together, infusing the fish with irresistible taste.

Expert Tip: Pat the fish dry before marinating to ensure the spices adhere evenly to the surface.


Fish Cod: Cod provides a mild and flaky base that absorbs the flavors of the marinade, resulting in tender and succulent fish chunks.

Oil: Helps to coat the fish chunks and prevent them from sticking to the pan during roasting, while also adding richness and moisture to the dish.

Lemon Juice: Adds a bright and tangy flavor to the marinade, balancing out the richness of the spices and enhancing the overall taste of the dish.

Garlic Paste: Infuses the fish with a bold and aromatic flavor, complementing the other spices in the marinade and adding depth to the dish.

Salt: Enhances the natural flavors of the fish and spices, while also helping to tenderize the fish and create a well-seasoned dish.

Chilli Powder: Adds a hint of heat and warmth to the marinade, giving the Fish Tikka its signature spicy kick.

Cumin Powder: Provides a warm and earthy flavor to the marinade, complementing the other spices and adding depth to the dish.

Coriander Powder: Offers a fresh and citrusy flavor to the marinade, balancing out the heat of the spices and adding complexity to the dish.

Crushed Chillies: Intensifies the heat of the marinade, adding a fiery kick to the Fish Tikka and enhancing its bold flavors.

Turmeric Powder (Haldi): Lends a vibrant yellow color to the marinade, while also adding a subtle earthy flavor and aroma to the dish.

Kashmiri Chilli: Provides a vibrant red color to the marinade, adding visual appeal to the dish, while also imparting a mild and fruity heat.

Carom Seeds (Ajwain): Adds a unique and aromatic flavor to the marinade, enhancing the overall taste of the Fish Tikka and adding depth to the dish.

Expert Tip: For extra flavor, toast the cumin and coriander seeds before grinding them into powder.

Serving Suggestions

  • Serve the Fish Tikka hot off the grill, garnished with freshly chopped cilantro and a squeeze of lemon juice for an extra burst of flavor. The cilantro adds a refreshing herbal note, while the lemon juice brightens up the dish with its tangy acidity.
  • Pair the Fish Tikka with warm naan bread or fluffy basmati rice for a satisfying meal that’s sure to impress. The soft and pillowy texture of naan bread complements the tender fish chunks perfectly, while basmati rice provides a light and fluffy base to soak up the flavorful marinade.
  • Accompany the Fish Tikka with a side of cooling raita or tangy mango chutney to balance out the heat of the spices and enhance the overall dining experience. Raita, a yogurt-based condiment infused with cucumbers, mint, and spices, offers a creamy and refreshing contrast to the bold flavors of the Fish Tikka. Meanwhile, mango chutney adds a sweet and tangy kick that perfectly complements the savory fish.

Expert Tip: Don’t overcook the fish to prevent it from becoming dry; aim for tender and flaky fish chunks.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long should I marinate the fish for?

Marinate the fish for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to develop and infuse into the fish chunks. For a more intense flavor, you can marinate the fish for up to 2 hours in the refrigerator.

Can I use a different type of fish?

Yes, you can use other firm-fleshed fish such as salmon or tilapia if you prefer. Adjust the cooking time accordingly based on the thickness of the fish fillets.

Can I grill the Fish Tikka instead of roasting it in the oven?

Yes, you can grill the Fish Tikka on a barbecue or grill pan for a smoky flavor and charred exterior. Preheat the grill to medium-high heat and cook the fish for 4-5 minutes per side, or until it is cooked through and has grill marks.

Can I make Fish Tikka ahead of time?

While it’s best enjoyed fresh, you can prepare the marinade ahead of time and marinate the fish for up to 24 hours before cooking. Keep the marinated fish covered in the refrigerator until you’re ready to cook it.

Can I adjust the level of spiciness?

Yes, feel free to adjust the amount of chili powder and crushed chilies to suit your taste preferences. For a milder flavor, reduce the amount of chili powder and omit the crushed chilies altogether. Conversely, if you prefer a spicier dish, increase the quantity of chili powder and crushed chilies according to your preference.

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Fish Tikka

Fish Tikka

by Nabeela Kauser
Serve this delicious fish tikka recipe over chapatis or naan bread to make this speedy Indian-inspired supper. This fish tikka is juicy, moist, and so flavourful.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Marination Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course Appetiser
Cuisine Indian, Pakistani
Servings 5
Calories 161 kcal


  • 500 g Fish Cod
  • 2 tbsp Oil
  • 1 tbsp Lemon Juice
  • 1 tbsp Garlic Paste
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • ½ tsp Chilli Powder
  • 1 tsp Cumin Powder
  • 1 tsp Coriander Powder
  • ½ tsp Crushed Chillies
  • ½ tsp Turmeric Powder Haldi
  • 1 tsp Kashmiri Chilli
  • 1 tsp Carom Seeds Ajwain


  • Make sure to pat the fish dry and there is no water in the fish
  • In a bowl add all the ingredients to the fish chunks and mix until well combined
  • Set aside and leave to marinate for at least 30 minutes
  • Once ready to cook preheat the oven to 240°C (465°F) gas mark 9 and skewer the fish chunks and place on a roasting tray
  • Roast the fish for 8-10 minutes until cooked through
  • Serve immediately with a side of naan bread and enjoy!



Nutritional facts:
The provision of nutritional information is done merely as a courtesy and should not be taken as a guarantee.


Calories: 161kcalCarbohydrates: 3gProtein: 21gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0.02gCholesterol: 50mgSodium: 532mgPotassium: 350mgFibre: 1gSugar: 0.2gVitamin A: 243IUVitamin C: 2mgVitamin D: 3µgCalcium: 25mgIron: 1mg
Keyword BBQ, Fish, Food, Ramadan, Recipe, Seafood, Summer, Tikka
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