Simple Pan-fried Fish with Indian Spices Recipe

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This is a simple dish I throw together with fresh white fish fillets (typically Swai, Tilapia, Catfish, or Orange Roughy). It's easy to make and our whole family loves it. I know it seems crazy to give this four and a half stars, but it's a really great combination of flavors. Try this with rice and a vegetable side dish or salad, and you won't be disappointed!

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Servings: 4


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  • 2 pounds fish fillets (Swai, Tilapia, Catfish, Orange Roughy, etc.)
  • 1 Tbsp paprika (approx)
  • 1 Tbsp cumin (approx)
  • 1 tsp turmeric (approx)
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 1-2 Tbsp vegetable oil


  1. Heat the oil in a large frying or saute pan.
  2. Meanwhile liberally sprinkle the paprika and cumin on both sides of the fish fillets, while less liberally sprinkling the turmeric. Then sprinkle both sides with Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  3. When the oil is hot, add the fish to the pan and cover. Cook for 2 minutes on a side, then flip and cover again and cook an additional 2 minutes on the other side. If the fillets are thick, cut in the thick part with a night to check if the fish is white and flaky on the inside. If the fish is still pink or translucent in the thickest part, continue cooking for approximately 2 more minutes, flipping back to the other side for the last minute.
  4. Serve over or next to rice with a vegetable.


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Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving %DV
Serving Size 235g
Recipe makes 4 servings
Calories 282  
Calories from Fat 99 35%
Total Fat 11.18g 14%
Saturated Fat 1.54g 6%
Trans Fat 0.13g  
Cholesterol 145mg 48%
Sodium 194mg 8%
Potassium 850mg 24%
Total Carbs 1.98g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0.9g 3%
Sugars 0.23g 0%
Protein 41.41g 66%
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  • Nancy Miyasaki
    I was a little frustrated when John threw this together last minute with no recipe and our kids raved about how they liked it better than other tilapia recipes I've cooked. That said, I have to agree that this is a really nice mix of spices and makes for a very easy pan fried fish.
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    • I've tried something similar with Tilapia. Anxious to use this recipe. Never used the turmeric on fish. Sounds good though (and it certainly is easy)
      • Lillian Grace
        Hi John, tried this last night with fresh sea bass. Changed the tumeric to curry powder and only used half tablespoon of cumin, but added some red pepper flakes. Served with raisin and cilantro rice...yummy. Thanks for sharing.
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        • John Spottiswood
          November 14, 2012
          Sounds delicious, Lillian. I'll try a variation like this in the future.
        • I made this recipe using Swai & it was delicious! Definitely one of my favorites.
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          • Chris
            The fish was awesome! Tender & juicy! Will definitely make this again.
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            • Bonnie Loubier
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              • ShaleeDP
                December 18, 2012
                My kid enjoys fish. She loves it. So I try to find different ways to cook them. This is one I could use too. Thanks for sharing.

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