Fish Pickle


My dear friend Bharathy had asked for the recipe for ‘Fish Pickle’.  But due to some inconvenience I couldn’t post it immediately.  Anyways here is the recipe for the lip smacking ‘Fish Pickle’.  It is a hit in my family and I think many of my readers will also like it very much!  You can serve it with rice, chapathi or pulao.

I am sending this recipe to Indrani for the event “Spotlight : Fish”



Fish – 1 kg cut into small pieces

Turmeric powder – 2 tsp

Pepper powder – 1/2 tsp

Salt – 1 1/2 tsp

Ginger – 3 tbsp chopped

Garlic – 3 tbsp chopped

Green chillies – 6 chopped

Curry leaves – 4 sprigs

Mustard seeds – 1 tsp

Uluva/ Fenugreek seeds – 1/4 tsp

Kashmiri chilly powder – 5 tbsp

Cumin/ Jeera powder – 1/4 tsp

Water – 1 cup

Vinegar – 1 cup

Salt – 3 1/2 tsp

Sunflower oil – 2 cups



Marinate the fish pieces with turmeric powder, pepper powder and salt.  Keep aside for 30 minutes.  Fry them in hot oil.  Strain and keep aside.  In the same oil, add mustard seeds and fenugreek seeds.  When it sputters, add ginger, garlic, green chillies and curry leaves.  Fry till they are light brown in color.  Reduce the flame and add chilly powder and cumin powder.  Stir and add water, vinegar and salt.  Increase the flame and let it boil.  Add the fried fish pieces and mix well.  Switch off the flame and allow it cool completely.  Transfer the pickle into a glass jar and refrigerate.  Cheers!


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  1. There you are!!!!,..Lissie no words to Thank You..:)!!
    This will be a keeper for me!! 🙂

  2. ohhhhhh my favourite pickle…looks so spicy nd oily…..

  3. Thats truly a helpful recipe for many..looks real hot and yummy..!!

  4. This is my kind of food, I love fish cooked in this manner. Great Pictures too Lissie it really looks very tasty. 🙂

  5. Welcome Bharathy…my pleasure! Thanks! 🙂

  6. Tina, pickling is a way of preserving the food in spices, salt, vinegar and oil. You can reduce the amount of oil, if you are adding preservatives. Thanks!

  7. Thank you Ann for your kind words! 😀

  8. Jeena, I’m surprised to hear that you like Fish Pickle! 🙂 do try it and let me know…Thank you dear!

  9. amma made some for me this time when i went home 🙂

  10. Thanks a lot Nags! your Amma’s version might have tasted great… 🙂

  11. Dear,
    Missed ur posts.Now in India.pbs r being solved.Taking a break.tnx a million for ur kind words&gr8 support.Will try to visit ur delicious space whenever i get time.Pickle looks really superb!!!I have a lot of time it’s time to make ur recipes!
    urs sister

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  13. I have been searching for this Fish pickle recipe for a long time. Thanks for this nice recipe. Pickle looks so perfect n yummy.

  14. I am in love with your blog and all yummyy recipes!!!

  15. Fish pickle is totally new to me lissie.. the dish looks awesome.. first time here.. you have got some wonderful dishes. nice space

  16. Dear Sangii,
    I am so happy to hear that you are recovering! Never think that you are not well. Take it easy and enjoy your stay in India…! glad to hear that you are going to try my recipes 🙂 plz let me know about the outcome…

  17. Thanks a lot Sarah for your kind words! enjoy my recipes, dear… 🙂

  18. Thank you Sarah for the gift! so glad that you thought about me…!

  19. Thanks a lot Vicky! try it and I am sure you are going to love it… 😀

  20. Just looking to that picture makes my mouth really wattery.
    Wish i had them right now.
    Thankyou for passingto me this wonderful award.

  21. Thanks a lot Sarah! I am glad to know that you like my recipes…! plz try them and let me know… 😀

  22. Welcome to my space, Hema… thank you and do visit again! 🙂

  23. Welcome back Happy… really missed you 🙁 Thank you!

  24. Hi lissie, i was planning to make this.. u didn’t specify the fish.. is it king fish?Also, does the fish have to be fried to a crisp or light?

  25. Hi mallugirl,
    glad to hear that you are going to try the fish pickle recipe…! you can use king fish, pomfret, mackerel or sardines. I used mackerel for the one in the picture. the fish has to be fried crisp, otherwise it will not last for a long time. refrigerate it so that it can be used for a long time. Plz let me know about the outcome…
    All the best!

  26. doing it today.. will let u know.

  27. i tried it today…this was my first experience in trying a pickle variety. But to my surprise, it was delicious ,and i owe you for this gr8 recipe 🙂 🙂 i’l surely make it again. This time ,i had reduced the oil + the spice level ,but next time i want my fish pickle to be really hot 🙂 thanxs again for this tasty recipe.

  28. Hi Saji,

    Glad to hear that you liked the Fish Pickle! You can try my other pickles and ofcourse, other recipes too…

    Happy Cooking!


  29. Hi,

    That luks so yummy.

    Just need to know if this recipe is for fresh fish pickle or for salt fish (dry Fish) pickle. coz i am still finding a recipe for salt fish pickle.


  30. Hi Janet,

    Thanks for visiting my blog! This recipe is for fresh fish pickle. You can try it with salt fish.. follow the same recipe but be careful while adding salt. Please let me know about the outcome.


  31. so tasty pickles. i m loving it…

  32. Just wanted to drop a note and say that I’ve been using your fish pickle recipe and love it! I don’t add the oil nor use the green chillies but I love the spice combination!