Tandoori Fish Tikka on a black stone plate
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Tandoori Fish Tikka - Airfryer/ Oven/Crisplid

Say hello to your new favorite appetizer, Tandoori Fish Tikka! Tender fish marinated in a classic Indian tandoori masala and crisped to perfection in an Airfyer, Crisplid or oven. Enjoy this low-carb dish with a side of cilantro chutney!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time8 mins
2nd Batch (Airfryer/Crisplid)8 mins
Total Time28 mins
Course: Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: Air Fryer Grilled Fish, Fish Tikka recipe, Tandoori fish recipe, Tandoori Fish Tikka
Servings: 4
Calories: 216kcal
Author: Aneesha @ Spice Cravings

Equipment

Ingredients

Tikka Ingredients

  • 1 lb Fish Mahi-Mahi/Sole/Swordfish/Salmon, cut in 1.5 inch pieces
  • 1 bell pepper or 1 cup rainbow peppers, de-seeded
    and cut in 1-1.5 inch pieces (same size as fish)
  • 1 medium onion cut in 1 inch chunks, separate the onion layers

Tandoori Marinade

Instructions

Marinade Fish

  • In a mixing bowl, mix together yoghurt, oil, lemon juice, ginger-garlic
    paste and all the spices. 
  • Add fish pieces, capsicum and onion in the marinade and toss well till everything gets
    coated.

Cook Tikka using an Airfryer, Oven or Mealthy Crisplid

    Airfryer:

    • Line the drip pan with aluminum foil for easy clean-up. This is optional though. Place the fry basket in the drip pan.
    • Arrange the fish, onions and peppers in the basket in a single layer. Don’t overcrowd them otherwise they won’t crisp up while cooking.
    • Insert the basket back. Using the temperature button set 360°F. Set the timer for 8-10 mins, depending on thickness of fish. (1 inch= 8 mins; 1.5 inch=10mins)
    • As an optional step, half-way through cooking baste the tikka pieces with oil. This makes the exterior texture extra-crisp.
    • Follow the same process for the 2nd batch. It takes me two batches for a pound of fish, but since I don’t have to wait for any pre-heating, it all gets done in 30 minutes.

    Mealthy Crisplid:

    • Place the trivet in the cooking pot in your Mealthy Multipot. Place the mesh basket on top of the trivet.
    • Layer the fish, onion and capsicum evenly.  Avoid overcrowding them to get that golden crisp exterior. Place the crisplid on the cooker and cook for 8 minutes at 400°F.
    • As an optional step, half-way through cooking baste the tikka pieces with oil. This makes the exterior texture extra-crisp.
    • Follow the same process for the 2nd batch. It takes me two batches for a pound of fish, but since I don’t have to wait for any pre-heating, it all gets done in 30 minutes.

    Oven Method:

    • Turn on the oven broiler. Place the marinated fish, onions and peppers on an aluminum or parchment lined baking sheet.
    • Place the baking sheet on the top rack and cook for 7-8 minutes, or until the fish cooks through and turns opaque.

    Serving Suggestion

    • Fish Tikka is most commonly served as an appetizer with a popular Indian herbal dip called, Cilantro Chutney.
    • Sprinkle fish tikka with fresh lime juice and chaat masala before serving, this extra step really elevates the tikka flavors.
    • My husband and I enjoy this Fish Tikka for dinner with a side of a simple garden salad dressed with lemon vinaigrette for a Low-Carb meal.
    • To complete the meal for my girls, I make a side of lemon Rice. They both love this combination. Try it sometime with this easy recipe.

    Notes

    Tips for the Tastiest Tandoori Fish

    • Before marinating, always pat dry the fish. This absorbs the extra moisture which leads to a crisper texture.
    • When making this recipe with frozen fish, allow it to gradually defrost in the refrigerator overnight. This results in a better texture of fish after cooking.
    • Tikka recipes traditionally call for onions and peppers, but you can switch these for squash, zucchini, cherry tomatoes, mushrooms etc.
    • As an optional step, half-way through the cooking process, you can baste the tikka pieces with oil. This makes the exterior texture extra-crisp. 
    • Sprinkle fish tikka with fresh lime juice and chaat masala (Indian Spice Blend) before serving, this extra step really elevates the tikka flavors.
    • Getting the cooking time right for fish is very important. That depends on the thickness of the pieces.  For a 1-inch thickness, set 8 mins; 1.5 inch thickness, 10 mins. 
    Note: The nutrition facts below are my estimates.  If you are following any diet plan, I recommend cross-checking with your preferred nutrition calculator.

    Nutrition

    Calories: 216kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 59mg | Sodium: 654mg | Potassium: 512mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1250IU | Vitamin C: 43.3mg | Calcium: 53mg | Iron: 1.5mg