Indian Fish Tikka – A Delightful Dish for a Hot Summer BBQ


Fish Tikka and lamb kabab

Fish Tikka and lamb kabab

Fish Tikka is a summer-time treat!


I love fish tikka especially when the meaty fish is freshly caught. My local fish monger gets me the freshest fish from the North Sea. The fish is usually caught on the same day as I purchase it. Believe me, that is the way to purchase your fish if you can.

Just in case you have heard the word ‘tikka’ before and were wondering what in means, it means ‘pieces’. The pieces in most recipes are usually about an inch square.

You can make this fish tikka in the oven but it really tastes better when done on a BBQ over a wood fire. The smoky flavour combined with the marinade ingredients and the fish is absolutely delicious.

This marinade, by the way, can be used with other meats as well. It goes particularly well with chicken. When you are preparing this fish tikka you might also like to use the marinade to made a chicken tikka at the same time.

I have made this recipe for a number of years now and it is very easy. It is a great dish for parties as all of the work is in the preparation which can be done a day ahead of time. Simply skewer the tikka and refrigerate until you are ready to cook.

Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 15 minutes


INGREDIENTS for fish tikka


600g meaty white fish such as wolffish, monkfish, coley or halibut
2 red onions quartered
green and yellow bell peppers

For the marinade.

250ml (1 cup) plain white yoghurt
100g onion finely chopped
1/2 inch piece of ginger grated
4 garlic cloves crushed
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground coriander
juice of one lemon
1 Tablespoon garam masala (preferably homemade)
1 Tablespoon tomato paste
1 Tablespoon chilli powder
salt and pepper

Combine all of the marinade ingredients in a bowl. Add the fish and allow to marinaded for at least an hour or up to four hours.

When you are ready to cook the fish, put the fish pieces on a skewer together with the onions and bell peppers.

You can then cook the fish tikka under a hot grill on skewers or preferably on a to BBQ. Be sure to watch the fish carefully so that you don’t over over-cook it. You just want to cook the fish through. The flesh should be blackened in some places.


I hope you enjoy this easy fish dish! Be sure to stop back around and let me know how you liked fish tikka!


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