Broiled Indian Spiced Fish

"From Madhur Jaffrey’s Simple Indian Cookery, a delicious and truly simple dish."
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  • In a small bowl, combine ginger, garlic, garam masala, cumin, turmeric, mustard powder, cayenne pepper, lemon juice, 3/4 teaspoon salt, and a pinch of black pepper. Stir in about 1 tablespoon warm water to form a very thick paste.
  • Brush a baking sheet or broiler pan with 1 tablespoon butter; place fish on top.
  • Cover fish on both sides with marinade; set aside for at least 15 minutes but no more than 30 minutes.
  • Preheat broiler.
  • Drizzle 2 tablespoons butter over fish; broil until nicely browned, 5 to 6 minutes. Turn over steaks, and drizzle with remaining 2 tablespoons butter; broil until browned and cooked through.
  • Serve immediately.

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  1. petlin11
    text is superimposed on recipe - it's unreadable
  2. Dr. Jenny
    We really enjoyed this Indian spiced fish recipe. It was easy to prepare and packed a lot of flavor. I used swordfish and halved the recipe to suit 1 lb of fish, which worked fine. Other than halving, we made no modifications to the recipe. It was perfect as is. We served with Recipe #17382 17382 as a side. Thanks for a great, easy dinner!
  3. Nado2003
    Yummy! Easy, fast, healthy and delicious. LOVE IT! I followed the recipe except for the water. I just added lemon juice to make the paste. I did not add as much butter. I used Reynolds non-stick aluminum foil and no butter. I did put about 1 teaspoon of butter on top of the fish before putting into the broiler. The kids thought it was too spicy but we loved it. I will make this again. Thank you.
  4. stormylee
    I'll just leave comments as I didn't broil the fish! I made 1/2 marinade recipe for a 220 g salmon fillet; marinated for 20 minutes, baked in the oven, 20 minutes at 200 C. (How is that for a constellation of 2's? :-) ) Turned out delicious!! Not super-spicy at all, just very flavourful and lovely. Will definitely make again - thank you for the recipe!
  5. JustJanS
    This is really simple and very tasty but I think it just over powered our Spangled Emperor (in the snapper family) fillets a bit. I would be inclined to halve the mustard powder and omit the cayenne for our tastes. We also used low fat margarine like Sarah Jayne.


  1. Sarah_Jayne
    Wow, does this pack flavor! I used salmon because I already had it in the freezer and it took the seasoning really well. I also used a low fat margarine instead of the butter just to try to keep the fat as low as I could and it still turned out well for me. Made for ZWT4.


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