Introduction: Fish Fry With Snakehead Murrel Fish

Snakehead Murrel fish, also known as Channa Striata, is one variety of sea fishes which most people are fond of. This variety of fish grow long and does not have very slender and sharp fish bones. We can make fish curry as well as fish fry from this fish.

Earlier I have posted an instructable on how to make Fish curry with pieces from head and tail sections. In this instructable I will explain how to make Fish Fry with middle portions of Snakehead Murrel fish

Step 1: Clean and Separate Fish Pieces

We bought 2 fishes weighing about one kilogram. The shopkeepers clean and cut the fish into pieces for us. After cleaning, the pieces weighed about 800 grams.

  • As you can see in the above pictures, I have separated the fish pieces into two, one containing the pieces from middle section and the other with heads and tails.
  • We made Fish curry with the head and tail pieces and I will use the middle portion for making fish fry.

Step 2: Marinate the Fish Pieces

Take the following ingredients in a bowl

  • 3 to 4 teaspoons of Red chilli powder. If you want the fish fry to be more spicy, you can add more
  • 2 teaspoons of Fennel seed powder
  • Salt to taste

Mix all ingredients together and stuff and cover all sides of the fish pieces with the spices. Allow the fish pieces to marinate for about 15 minutes

Step 3: Shallow Fry the Fish Pieces

  • Take enough oil in a flat bottomed frying pan and keep over low to medium flame
  • Once the oil is heated, add the marinated fish pieces one by one to the pan. Keep the flame low to medium
  • Do not disturb the pieces till the bottom side is partially cooked and the spices stick to them.
  • Once the bottom sides are partially cooked, gently turn over the pieces in oil and allow the other side to cook. You can turn over the pieces few times in the pan for even cooking on all sides

Step 4: Remove From Pan and Serve

  • Once the fish pieces are evenly fried in oil, remove the pieces from the pan and place them on an oil absorbing paper.

Transfer the fish fry to another vessel and serve as main course. The Snakehead Murrel fish does not have sharp bones, so it is easier for children to eat without the fish bones struck in their throats.

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