Spicy Baked Fish (Tandoori Cod)

Fish is a great choice for dinner – takes less time to cook and it’s a healthier option than meat. Pan fried fish meaning shallow frying in a pan using not too much oil is what is very common in my house and the husband is undoubtedly the expert! Poor me therefore only prefers to bake. This time I tried to make a spicy tandoori version of baked cod.  Nothing too daring – just added a bit of store bought ‘tandoori masala’ spice and ginger-garlic to my regular marinade. Came out pretty darned good!
And hardly any effort!  Now that’s what I like …especially on a weeknight! Defrosting/Thawing however can take up time and it is essential to let it come to room temperature slowly otherwise if you try to defrost in the microwave or using hot water it can get half-cooked and thereby loose all flavor. But once you are careful about that, it is a breeze to cook fish!

I made some basmati rice with peas in a rice cooker and that was our dinner. Easy cooking and easy clean up! Isn’t that lovely? 🙂

Posting this recipe on Fiesta Friday and Foodie Friday this week.


Spicy Baked Cod (Tandoori Cod)

  • Servings: Serves 4 when served with rice
  • Time: 30 minutes
  • Difficulty: Easy
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  • About 2 lb of Cod fillets, about two pieces approximately 10 inches long and 2 inches wide

For the marinade:

  • 3/4 tsp of salt
  • 3/4 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp tandoori masala
  • 1/4 tsp cumin powder
  • 1 tbsp ginger garlic paste*
  • 1 tbsp olive oil

lime wedges,fresh cilantro and onion slices for garnish


Mix all marinade ingredients in a bowl. Apply marinade to fish filets. (Use your hands to spread the marinade mixture on both sides of the fish). Place filets in a greased baking dish.

Bake at 500 deg F for 20 minutes. Take out of oven and brush top with oil and again bake for another 5 minutes.  Take out of oven and cover dish with foil until serving.  Serve with some rice.


*: you can use equal quantities of ginger and garlic and grind it in a food processor to a smooth paste. Or you could also use store bought ginger garlic paste.

You can substitute garam masala if you don’t have tandoori masala


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