Easy Fried Mullets recipe | Family Cuisine

Here is a simple, easy to make recipe for fried mullet fish.

Quick to cook and requiring just a handful of ingredients, this fried fish recipe is a good option for any meal. With a nutty oily taste, mullets have a strong flavour, and go well with Dal and Rice or Chapati!

Mullets are fish that are found all over the world in coastal, tropical, and also freshwaters. There are about 78 species in all!

We usually get the Grey Mullets (called grey, but looks silver) here in Mumbai, but you also have white, red, black, and striped mullets across the world. Mullets are known by other names in the different local languages here in India, like Thirutha in the South or Bhangor in West Bengal and Bangladesh.

With its small bones and soft flesh, this fish is quite tasty, but not everyone likes the strong flavor.

Mom and Dad are the fish buyers in our house. It’s not as easy as it looks, with those fisherfolk calling out to you from every corner. Having accompanied Mom on several occasions to buy fish, I’d definitely say that buying fish is a skill and so is cooking it!

Fisherwomen in the bazaar selling fish.
Fisherwomen in the bazaar

With a variety of options to cook fish – like boiled, baked, curry, or fried – how do you know which to make?

Anyways, for mullets, here’s an easy fried fish recipe to use. Keep reading…

What ingredients do you need to fry Mullets

Firstly, you require the Mullets of course. Then the spices like Haldi aka turmeric, salt, and chili powder. Plus, a little vinegar, and a bit of rice atta (rice flour) for coating and oil for frying.

How to fry mullets

Wash the fish and clean them. Remove the fins and tails and extra unwanted parts from the stomach (if this has not already been done). Here in India, we eat the heads too, but you can remove these if you want to. I’m not too fond of the fish heads, but you should see my mom and sis clean the heads to perfection!

Grey mullets on a black platform.
Grey mullets

Put the fish in a bowl and sprinkle with salt, turmeric, and chilli powder.

Next add a little vinegar. If you do not have vinegar, you can use sour lime juice. Allow the fish to marinate for 20 to 30 minutes. This is optional.

Marinate the mullets in Masala.
Marinate the mullets

Just before frying, coat the fish with some rice flour (chawal atta) and fry for 5 minutes on high flame.

Mullets placed in a frying pan.
Place the mullets in the frying pan
Mullets frying in a frying pan.
Fry Mullets on one side for a while

Turn them over to the other side to be heated for a few minutes and the fish is ready to be served.

Fried mullets in a frying pan.
Turn the mullets on the other side

Sprinkle with some lemon and enjoy this tasty oily fried fish. We usually eat mullets with moong dal or masoor dal and rice or chapatis.

Three Mullets on a black plate next to sourlimes and tomatoes.
Freshly fried mullets
Three fried mullets on a black plate next to sourlimes and tomatoes.
Fried Mullets
Fried Mullets served with lime, coriander and tomatoes.
Fried Mullets served with lime, coriander, and tomatoes

FAQ’s About Mullets

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