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Fish Thokku – Meen Thokku Recipe

  • Author: Kannamma - Suguna Vinodh
  • Total Time: 40 mins
  • Yield: 4 serving 1x


Recipe for spicy fish thokku. Tamilnadu style meen thokku recipe. Recipe with step by step pictures.



For Marinating the Fish

  • 250 grams tuna fish fillet
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chilli powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chilli flakes
  • 1 teaspoon plain vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil

Other Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 sprig curry leaves
  • 2 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoon minced ginger
  • 1/2 cup sliced onion
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper powder
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 sprig curry leaves (finishing ingredient)


  1. Take a bowl and add in the red chilli powder, turmeric powder, red chilli flakes, vinegar and coconut oil. I like to use coconut oil for this recipe. Indian sesame oil (Nalla ennai) will also work. Mix all the ingredients to form a coarse paste.
  2. Add in the washed and cleaned tuna and add it to the bowl. Mix well to combine. Let it marinate for 15-20 minutes. Set aside.
  3. Heat coconut oil in a pan and add in the marinated fish pieces. Cook for about 3-4 minutes turning the pieces so the fish is browned on all the sides.
  4. Remove the fish from oil and set aside on a plate.
  5. We will use the remaining oil lying in the pan after frying the fish for making the masala. To the same pan, add in the minced ginger, minced garlic and curry leaves.
  6. Add in the sliced onions and saute for five minutes. Add a generous teaspoon of black pepper powder. Saute for a few seconds.
  7. Add in the chopped tomatoes to the pan.
  8. Add a few tablespoon of water and cover the pan with a lid and let it cook for five to seven minutes on a medium flame. Covering the pan helps in cooking the tomatoes to a juicy consistency.
  9. Once the tomatoes are cooked and the onions and tomato mixture looks dry / thokku consistency, add in the fried tuna pieces.
  10. After adding the tuna, cover the pan and let it cook for a couple of minutes more. The tuna will absorb all the masalas.
  11. Finally finish with a sprinkle of fresh curry leaves.
  12. Fish thokku is ready. The best way to eat this thokku is to mix it with hot white rice and a little ghee.
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Cuisine: Tamilnadu