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An Easy Indian Kipper Recipe

I’ve never seen an Indian kipper recipe so I decided to write one.

Indian Kipper Recipe

An easy kipper recipe

I received the special BBQ fish pack from Delish Fish on Friday. It’s full of filleted fish that are ready for the barbecue. It arrived just in time for lunch so I decided something light might be nice. Being the working day, however I made them on the stove.

Kippers are fish that I haven’t cooked much before. In fact I don’t remember the last time I tried one. There’s no reason for this, it’s just the way it is.

Therefore, I decided to get to work with some of the filleted kippers that were in the BBQ fish box to see what I thought of them. They were so good!

I wanted to do something simple. I used smoked flour and spices from Besmoke Foods but you could use unsmoked seasoning as well. In fact, the kippers in the pack were already smoked.

I think you’re going to like this one.

Serves 4

4 x filleted whole kippers

5 tablespoons gram flour (smoked or unsmoked)

1 tablespoon cumin seeds (smoked or unsmoked
1 tablespoon black peppercorns
1 tablespoon red chilli flakes
Salt to taste
2 limes – quartered

Olive oil for shallow frying.


Toast the cumin seeds in a dry frying pan over medium heat. Be sure to move the seeds around in the pan so that the roast evenly. The seeds are ready when they begin to smoke lightly.

Using a pestle and mortar, grind half of the cumin seeds and leave the rest whole.

Now grind in the black peppercorns and the red chilli flakes and mix everything in with the gram flour.

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Pour about 6 tablespoons of olive oil into the frying pan and bring to a happy bubble.

Indian kipper recipe - dusting

Dust the fish lightly with the flour mixture

Dust the kipper fillets in the flour mixture and then add them to the oil skin side down.

Indian kipper recipe - holding down the kippers

Press down on the kippers when you add them to the oil.

When you do this, the kippers will bow up so be sure to hold them down in the oil so that the skin gets crispy all over.

After about a minute, flip the kipper over and lightly fry the other side.

Do not over cook the kippers. You only need to fry them for about a minute per side.

To Serve

Add salt to taste and squeeze a little lime juice over each.


Disclosure:The fish used in this Indian kipper recipe was supplied free of charge for my to try by Delish Fish. The recipe was made even nicer with the use of smoked flour and spices supplied for me to try by Besmoke Foods.