Since I am posting the pictures of Fish of the UAE I will go ahead and post this recipe to frying fish UAE style.
The recipe that I am sharing with you today is basically fish coated with a dry spice rub. Almost all of the fish that you will in the UAE can be fried. Depending on the size of the fish you will need to cut it into big chunks or if frying a whole fish that is fat in size, you will need to make a couple of slits on the sides to ensure even cooking.
In this recipe today I am using Chennad (Kingfish). It is quite long so I had it cut into big chunks.
1 heaping teaspoon of Arabian Spice (or you can use garam masala or curry powder)
1 teaspoon of tumeric
1 teaspoon cumin powder
1 teaspoon of salt
(Note: the spice mixture can easily be doubled or tripled according to how much fish you will be cooking.)
Corn oil for frying (I like to use Coroli corn oil)
Mix all the spices together in a small bowl.
Since this is a dry rub, sprinkle the fish with the spice mixture and then gently rub into the fish. Let this sit, covered for at least 30 minutes. The moistness from the fish will soak in the spices.
On a high flame, heat the oil in a deep skillet. When you see the oil slightly smoking turn the flame to low. Add the fish.
Cook for 5 minutes and then gently turn the fish over and fry for another 5 minutes. Take fish out and drain on paper towels.