Air Fryer Fish Tikka – Indian Spicy Cilantro Tikka

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Seize your Air Fryer and make this Air Fryer Fish Tikka – Indian Spicy Cilantro Tikka ASAP. This easy Air Fryer Fish Tikka – Indian Spicy Cilantro Tikka is a fun dinner/snack idea that’s fast and is uncomplicated enough to make especially on a work night!

I have those days when I want that amazing spicy and flavorful fish at home but I don’t want to resort with frying in oil.

Now thanks to my air fryer, I can make spicy fish tikka whenever I want without all the fat, oil, and guilt.

air fryer fish tikka

What type of fish did I use?

This recipe works great with any tender, flaky, fish filet. I used tilapia filets. Make sure your filet are at least 1-inch thick, to ensure that nice thick texture. Chop the filet into 4-inch pieces. They need to be about 4″ x 3″ in length and width. We want nice medium sized pieces.

What ingredients do I need to make this Air Fryer Fish Tikka – Indian Spicy Cilantro Tikka?

Salt, ground turmeric, juice of 1 lemon, Kashmiri chili powder, ground coriander, ground cumin, ground ginger, garam masala, mango powder, fresh cilantro leaves, dry desiccated unsweetened coconut, garlic cloves, curry leaves, tamarind concentrate, onion, Serrano peppers (hari mirch), oil, and water.

Steps:

Step 1:

First blend cilantro leaves, coconut, garlic cloves, curry leaves, lemon juice, tamarind concentrate, onion, salt, Serrano peppers, and 4 tablespoon water in a blender.

fresh ingredients for fish tikka

blend in a blender

Step 2:

Next add Kashmiri chili powder, ground cumin, ground coriander, ground ginger, garam masala, ground turmeric, and mango powder with the blended paste.

Then, in a mixing bowl, coat the fish well with the marinade.

mix well and coat the fish with marinade

Furthermore, let the fish sit in the marinade for 30 minutes covered with a lid. If you have time leave it overnight in the refrigerator otherwise 30 minutes is good enough.

Step 3:

Finally, When you are ready to cook line the air fryer basket with aluminum foil. Make sure the basket does not stick out beyond the basket edge. ALSO, THIS IS KEY! DO NOT COVER THE BASKET BOTTOM COMPLETELY. To cook the food well, air needs to flow through the basket. If you cover the bottom of the basket, this reduces the airflow. I covered only ¾ of the basket. You can avoid the foil if you’d like. But I prefer to add it to prevent the marinade from slipping under from the basket.

Brush/ grease the aluminum foil generously with oil. Preheat at 350°F for 5 minutes. Once the air fryer is preheated, place the fish in a single layer. Set the time and temperature (390°F for 10 minutes). When done, Additionally, flip the pieces of fish in the basket and repeat for another 7 minutes.

Repeat the process subsequently until you run out of fish.

Above all eat the fish hot, with a side of veggies!

Tried this recipe yet? Give us a rating, comment below in the reply section and let us know what you think.

Do try some of the other air fryer recipes.

Air Fryer Butter Chicken Tikka

Air Fryer Spicy Tandoori Mushrooms

Air Fryer Spicy Okra/ Air Fryer Sukhi Bhindi

Air Fryer Shrimp Tikka

transfer fish tikka to a serving bowl

Air Fryer Fish Tikka – Indian Spicy Cilantro Tikka

This easy air fryer fish recipe is are a fun dinner/snack idea that’s fast and uncomplicated enough to make on a work night!
Prep Time35 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: Air Fryer Fish Tikka, Dhaniya Fish Tikka, Easy Fish Tikka, Easy Fish Tikka REcipe, Fish Masala, Gluten Free Curry, Indian Fish Air Fryer, Tandoori Fish
Servings: 4
Author: Shilpa

Equipment

  • Air Fryer

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Chop the filet into 4-inch pieces. They need to be about 4″ x 3″ in length and width. We want nice medium sized pieces.
  • Blend cilantro leaves, coconut, garlic cloves, curry leaves, lemon juice, tamarind concentrate, onion, salt, Serrano peppers, and 4 tablespoon water in a blender.
  • Once blended, mix Kashmiri chili powder, ground cumin, ground coriander, ground ginger, ground turmeric, garam masala, and mango powder with the blended paste.
  • In a mixing bowl, coat the fish well with the marinade.
  • Let the fish sit in the marinade for 30 minutes covered with a lid. If you have time leave it overnight in the refrigerator.
  • When ready to cook line the air fryer basket with aluminum foil. Make sure the basket does not stick out beyond the basket edge. ALSO, THIS IS KEY! DO NOT COVER THE BASKET BOTTOM COMPLETELY. To cook the food well, air needs to flow through the basket. If you cover the bottom of the basket, this reduces the airflow.
  • Brush/ grease the aluminum foil generously with oil. Preheat at 350°F for 5 minutes.
  • When the air fryer is preheated, place the fish in a single layer. Set the time and temperature (390°F for 10 minutes).
  • When done, flip the pieces of fish in the basked and repeat for another 7 minutes.

  • Repeat the process until you run out of fish.

Notes

On a scale of 1 to 5 this dish is about 3.5 in terms of spice levels with 1 being the lowest and 5 being the highest. You can reduce the amount of Serrano peppers as per your taste
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