This zesty and healthy tandoori fish tikkas can be made on the stovetop or in an oven or an air fryer. Enjoy them with some spicy chutney!

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If you are looking for a good fish recipe, then try this Tandoori Fish Tikka recipe – Made with very little oil, this fingerpicking good fish recipe is bursting with Tandoori flavors! You can make these gluten-free fish dish either on an air fryer or oven or on a stovetop! Enjoy these portion-controlled healthy yet yummy fish tikkas with some hot chutney or with some rice!

Tandoori Fish Tikka, Tandoori fish, fish fry
Fish marinated in a tangy yogurt tandoori and grilled with almost no oil makes an irresistible weeknight dinner.

Fish marinated in a tangy yogurt tandoori and grilled with almost no oil makes an irresistible weeknight dinner. The best part about this Tandoori Fish Tikka Recipe is, that you can make it in an oven or gas stoveair fryer, or instant pot!!!

This Gluten-free Tandoori Fish Tikka recipe is one of the self-created recipes that I have been using for months now. All I do is marinate the fresh fish fillets with store-bought Tandoori Masala, yogurt, salt, and pepper, and using no oil or very less oil., pan fry them.

And as far as serving this Tandoori Fish Tikka is concerned, you can use them whatever way you wish. They will never fail you in taste.

SO, WHAT IS TANDOORI

Tandoor(i) is one of the most important menus in Indian restaurants around the world. The word Tandoor means a cylindrical oven used for baking and cooking. Traditionally the fuel used in Tandoor is charcoal or firewood.

Tandoori spice blend or the Tandoori Masala is just not limited to making Tandoori Chicken. This spice blend can be used on fish or other seafood as well. When you try this Tandoori Fish Tikka recipe, you will see, how the flavors come out when Tandoori Masala is mixed with thick yogurt as a marinade and then the fish is grilled or pan-fried with so-little-oil. Use fresh thick-cut fish fillets (Salmon, Monk Fish, Bass or Tilapia, Snapper, etc.) but thickly coat the fillets with tandoori marinade and then carefully grill or pan fry them.

WHY YOU WILL LOVE THIS FISH TIKKA RECIPE

The best part about this Tandoori Fish Tikka is its such a HEALTHY RECIPE!

It’s an EASY RECIPE that uses a store-bought tandoori masala.

Makes a crazy good and SMOKEY FISH APPETIZER that you will love truly.

You will need just BASIC INGREDIENTS. Everything should be easily available.

You can pan fry these gluten-free fish tikkas on STOVE TOP, AIR FRY them in an air fryer, or BAKE them in an oven

INGREDIENTS NEEDED TO MAKE TANDOORI FISH

  • Fresh Fish Fillet: I have used Tilapia in this recipe. You can use any other fish. salmon will work best too. Make sure that the fish is boneless.
  • Thick Yogurt to marinate the fish with. If you don’t have Greek Yogurt, then strain the yogurt in a cheesecloth for 30 minutes to drain the whey from the yogurt.
  • Paprika or Red Chili Powder: Use paprika to get that beautiful red color and if you like it spicy, then use chili powder.
  • Turmeric
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • Tandoori Masala (Readily available in all grocery stores)
  • Dried Fenugreek Leaves: This is available in Indian stores. If you cant find it, feel free to skip this ingredient
  • Lemon juice

STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS

There are couple ways you can make your Tandoori Fish Tikka. You can bake them in oven, Air Fry them, Grill them or pan fry them. However, the first step is to marinate the fish couple of hours prior to cooking them.

STEP 1: Prepare the marinade

In a big mixing bowl, add all the marination ingredients – thick yogurt, salt, turmeric, tandoori masala, lemon juice, salt, and pepper.

STEP 2: Prepare the fish fillets

Cut the boneless fish into 2 inch chunks. Pat them dry to absorb the moisture from the fish.

STEP 3: Marinate the Fish fillets

Marinate the fish fillet with the prepared marinade and keep it in the refrigerator for a couple of hours (minimum 4 to 5 hours). I kept mine marinated overnight.

STEP 4: Make Tandoori Fish Tikka

Making fish tikka on Stove Top

  • Heat a flat griddle. If you wish you can brush it with oil.
  • Once the griddle or pan is piping hot, add the marinated fish fillets one by one and very carefully.
  • Fry the fish on both sides for 2 to 3 minutes each on medium to high heat.

Making fish tikka in Oven

  • Pre-heat over to 375 degrees F
  • Brush an ovenproof pan with little oil and arrange the fish pieces on it. Make sure they don’t touch each other
  • Let the fish bake in the oven for 10 to 12 minutes. No need to turn the fish.

Making Tandoori Fish tikka in Air Fryer

  • Line the drip pan with aluminum foil. Place the fry basket in the drip pan.
  • Arrange the marinated fish in a single layer. Spray a spoonful of oil.
  • Set the Temp to 350 degrees F and air fry for 8 to 10 minutes.

TIPS – Don’t overcrowd the frying basket or else, the fish won’t crisp up.

TIPS & TRICKS TO MAKE THE BEST TANDOORI FISH

  • Use good quality fresh fish. The star in this recipe is fish and if your fish isn’t fresh then that will ruin the whole dish.
  • Make sure to pat dry your fish fillet before marinating them. If the fish is dry, then the tandoori masala gets coated well resulting in a crispier texture.
  • If you are using frozen fish, then defrost the fish well before marinating.
  • Feel free to use some onion and bell peppers to grill along with the fish. This will ensure that you have a complete meal.
  • If you don’t have thick yogurt, then drain the yogurt using a cheesecloth. Thicker the yogurt, the better the quality of the marinade.
  • While serving, the tandoori fish tikka, sprinkle some chaat masala , and squeeze some lemon juice!
Tandoori Fish Tikka, Tandoori fish, fish fry

HOW TO SERVE TANDOORI FISH TIKKA

  • You can enjoy these delicious and healthy fish tikka just like that with some spicy chutney
  • You can use these fish tikkas as the filling for tacos or fish roll
  • You can serve these fish tikkas on a bed of basmati rice
This zesty and healthy tandoori fish tikkas can be made on the stovetop or in an oven or an air fryer. Enjoy them with some spicy chutney!

Tandoori Fish Tikka (Air-Fryer, Stove-Top & Oven)

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If you are looking for a good fish recipe, then try this Tandoori Fish Tikka recipe – Made with very little oil, this fingerpicking good fish recipe is bursting with Tandoori flavors! You can make these gluten-free fish dish either on an air fryer or oven or on a stovetop! Enjoy these portion-controlled healthy yet yummy fish tikkas with some hot chutney or with some rice!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 8 hrs
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Tropical, International, Indian
Servings 8

Equipment

  • Air Fryer or Oven or Griddle

Ingredients
  

Fish

  • 1 pound Fresh Fish cut into 2 inch chunks

Tandoori Marinade

  • 1/2 Cup Thick yogurt
  • 2 Tbsp. Paprika or Chili powder (if you want it spicy, use some hot pepper flakes).
  • 1 Tsp. Turmeric powder
  • 1 Tbsp. Ground black pepper
  • 4 Tbsp. Tandoori Masala
  • 1/4 Cup Fresh Lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp. Dried fenugreek leaves

Instructions
 

PREPARE THE FISH

  • Cut the boneless fish into 2-inch chunks. Pat them dry to absorb the moisture from the fish.

PREPARE THE MARINADE

  • In a big mixing bowl, add all the marination ingredients – thick yogurt, salt, turmeric, tandoori masala, lemon juice, salt, dried fenugreek leaves and pepper
  • Marinate the fish fillet with the prepared marinade and keep it in the refrigerator for a couple of hours (minimum 4 to 5 hours). I kept mine marinated overnight.

MAKE FISH TIKKA APPETIZER IN OVEN

  • Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees F.
  • Brush an ovenproof pan with little oil and arrange the fish pieces on it. Make sure they don't touch each other.
  • Bake the tikkas in the oven for 10 to 12 minutes. No need to turn the fish.

MAKE FISH TIKKA APPETIZER IN AIR FRYER

  • Line the drip pan with aluminum foil.
  • Place the fry basket in the drip pan. Arrange the marinated fish in a single layer. Spray a spoonful of oil.
  • Set the Temp to 350 degrees F and air fry for 8 to 10 minutes.

MAKE FISH TIKKA APPETIZER ON STOVE TOP

  • Line the drip pan with aluminum foil. Place the fry basket in the drip pan.Arrange the marinated fish in a single layer. Spray a spoonful of oil.Set the Temp to 350 degree F and air fry for 8 to 10 minutes.
  • Brush the griddle with some oil.
  • Once the griddle or pan is piping hot, add the marinated fish fillets one by one and very carefully. Fry the fish on both sides for 2 to 3 minutes each on medium to high heat.

SERVE TANDOORI FISH TIKKA

  • While serving, the tandoori fish tikka, sprinkle some chaat masala, and squeeze some lemon juice!
  • You can enjoy these delicious and healthy fish tikka just like that with some spicy chutney
  • You can use these fish tikkas as the filling for tacos or fish roll
  • you can serve these fish tikkas on a bed of basmati rice
Keyword Air Fryer, Fish, Indian Fish Dish, Oven, Stove Top, Tandoori, Tikka
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129 Comments

  1. I’ve been trying to exercise more and eat healthy. One thing I’d like to do this year is eat more fish, this recipe is perfect for that. Beautiful photography, as always.

  2. Looks amazingly delicious! Wished I were a talented cook, unfortunately I am not. Hahaha, I burn more meals than I don’t.

  3. I made an olive oil bundt cake a few years ago and it was simply divine! I love pretty much all Indian food – this would be amazing for my next get-together!! Your photos are mouth-watering!

  4. I love fish especially if it’s in a fillet form, the freshness and health benefits of fish make me wanna eat it every day but the fish bones annoy me lot. That Tandoori Fish Tikka seems like a very tasty dish.

  5. Doesn’t this look good! I no longer eat meat and that’s why I lean towards fish and chicken and it’s really nice to learn new recipes such as this! YUM!

  6. I love fish and use tandoori spices a lot so this recipe is a must try for me. Would like to try it with Dory fish though, never tried Tilapia.

  7. Probably one of the biggest changes that I’ve made as of late is I started tracking my calories as a way to control portion size. It’s made me realize how small some food needs to be portioned and how big other portions actually are. It’s made a huge difference and I am feeling healthier & looking leaner just with this small change. As for baking with almond flour. . .I absolutely love it and the nuttiness that it brings to a recipe (of course I am all about the almonds & eat a ton of almond based ingredients on the regular).

    As for this fish tikka. . .it looks so fantastic. I eat a lot of chicken tikka (I started eating this when I was living in Kenya). . .but I’ve never had fish tikka. I’m definitely going to need to give this a try, especially since the hubby has started to eat more fish.

  8. My husband and I just LOVE Indian food… especially when I can make it at home. I love that you use already made tandori masala sauce, that makes for a nice quick weeknight meal. I’ve never tried fish with tandori so I definitely am going to make this soon!

  9. Just the name sounds amazing!! I would love to give this a try one day this week.

  10. Don’t know when I will cook but very soon…… the pictures u have posted is inviting me to dive into the screen

  11. I still have a fear of quinoa, but I may try to be brave and embrace the grain as you have. The dish looks amazing. I actually need new quick dinner dish ideas.

  12. That looks so good! It’s packed with flavor and what I love is that it’s not cooked with anything fatty! It’s a win for me.

  13. That’s really lovely. It’s not that difficult to make. I’ve been looking for recipes like this ever since I started my whole 30 diet and I am definitely keeping this one!

  14. Tandoori Tikka is one of my faves and this fish looks wholesome and fresh. My friend is a big fan of fish so this would be perfect to make when he comes over x

  15. This dish looks amazing, I love you photography it really makes me feel like the plate is right in front of me. I too am scared about eating quinoa tried it before and didn’t really like it not really used it again

  16. This looks mouth watering!!! And your photography is just beyond amazing! Totally going to try this on the weekend, it looks delicious! x

  17. This look delicious, What a nice meal to make. I should do this for my husband. xx

  18. These look lovely! My family don’t eat fish but you could easily replace it for chicken. I will check out your other recipes always great to get some new ideas!

  19. Wow! It’s always nice to cook with chicken because it’s versatile and easy to absorb flavors. I would love to try this for dinner one of these days.

  20. Haha oh goodness! Can I ask why there was a fear of quinoa? I find it so tasty and incredibly fast/easy to cook 🙂

  21. This looks so good. My husband loves fish tacos but I can never find a good recipe. I’m going to have to give this a try. I love how well seasoned the fish looks.

  22. Quinoa really isn’t as evil as people may think. It does take a bit to get used to if you aren’t used to it. My husband expected it to be just like rice, but it’s a little different. This recipe looks amazing by the way!!

  23. I don’t eat seafood, but I’ll to share the link to your recipe with some of my friends and family members that enjoy it. Especially my mom!

  24. I love fish and Indian food but I’ve never made any combination of the two. I pinned this for later because this sounds like something I would really enjoy.

  25. This looks so delicious and easy to make. It’s not something I would normally test out, but you’ve convinced me!

  26. Hey, can I use Garam Masala in replace of Tandoori Masala?

    Also, would baking the fish in foil be better than not covering it up? I’m concern abt it turning out dry.

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