Spicy Baked Fish || Tandoori Cod|| Baked Fish Indian Style

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Fish is a great choice for dinner – takes less time to cook and it’s a healthier option than meat. Pan fried fish meaning shallow frying in a pan using not too much oil is what is very common in my house and the husband is undoubtedly the expert! Poor me therefore only prefers to bake. This time I tried to make a spicy tandoori version of baked cod.  Nothing too daring – just added a bit of store bought ‘tandoori masala’ spice and ginger-garlic to my regular marinade. Came out pretty darned good!
And hardly any effort!  Now that’s what I like …especially on a weeknight! Defrosting/Thawing however can take up time and it is essential to let it come to room temperature slowly otherwise if you try to defrost in the microwave or using hot water it can get half-cooked and thereby loose all flavor. But once you are careful about that, it is a breeze to cook fish!

I made some basmati rice with peas in a rice cooker and that was our dinner. Easy cooking and easy clean up! Isn’t that lovely? 🙂



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Spicy Baked Fish (Tandoori Style Cod)
Recipe type: Main course
Cuisine: Indian, Fusion
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Serves: 3-4
A quick and tasty recipe for baked fish using indian tandoori spices that is super tasty and makes an easy weeknight meal when paired with a salad or rice
  • About 2 lb of Cod (or any other white fish like flounder)fillets, about two large pieces approximately 10 inches long and 2 inches wide or cut into smaller pieces
For the marinade:
  • ¾ tsp of sea salt
  • ¾ tsp Kashmiri red chilli powder (or cayenne pepper)
  • ¼ tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp tandoori masala (or garam masala)
  • ¼ tsp cumin powder
  • 1 tbsp ginger garlic paste(optional)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • lime wedges,fresh cilantro and onion slices for garnish
  1. Mix all marinade ingredients in a bowl. Apply marinade to fish filets. (Use your hands to spread the marinade mixture on both sides of the fish). Marinate the fish for between 10 to 20 mins.
  2. Pre-heat oven to 450 deg F.
  3. Line a baking pan Al foil and brush with oil.
  4. Place filets on the foil and place tray in the oven and Bake at 450 deg F for about 10 minutes. Take pan out of oven and brush top with some oil and again bake for another 2-4 minutes until crisp on the outside. Take out of oven and cover pan completely with foil until serving.
  5. Garnish with fresh cilantro leaves, onion slices and lime wedges.
  6. Serve with rice or salad on the side.
You can use equal quantities of ginger and garlic and grind it in a food processor to a smooth paste. Or you could also use store bought ginger garlic paste.
You can substitute garam masala if you don't have tandoori masala.
It is important to cover the fish with foil for a few mins after baking. This will help to get the fish out of the tray easily otherwise the fish will be dry and will have stuck to the bottom of the tray. Covering it with foil gives it moisture.
If you are using fish with bones, then you may need to cook for a couple minutes extra since filets cook much faster


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  1. I wanted a quick Sunday dinner for one, and thought it was delicious. I DID add a little butter while covered with foil, and the juices were quite tasty. Per the cod package, the fish is done at 145 degrees. I usually avoid adding salt to my spice mixes, but added to this first batch. I’m sure it will be great sans salt.

  2. I just tried this and it turned out amazing. My 6 year old son who doesn’t eat spice at all eat more than one serving… Thank you so much.

    • thanks so much Neetha. I appreciate your comments and review! I am so glad your son liked it. My kids love this recipe too!

  3. Welcome to Yum Goggle! Please follow us on all your social media (I can’t find it) and we will follow you back then try our best to tag you each time we promote your posts! Thanks so much for making that change – photo looks delicious! Kelli at YG

    • thanks, my pleasure Liz! This one does have a spicy kick but you could alter the quantity of spices per your taste….that’s what I love about baking fish – it’s so easy to make a slightly less spicy marinade for the kids and then bake everything together in the same dish.! 🙂

  4. I really want to love and eat more fish. And I bought that same 2 lb bag of cod. I was thinking of beer batter fried, but this is a healthier alternative. And remember my trip to the Indian super store? I came home with all kinds of masala and spices. I need to use them! Thanks for the idea, Indu! 🙂

    • Hi Angie, looks like you had an intuition that I would be posting this recipe 🙂 You definitely need to try it now. I think you will like it better than the deep fried alternative. You can add less spice if your family cannot handle it. Btw if you don’t have tandoori masala, you can use garam masala.

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