The Facts About Red Mullet and a Simple, Delicious Recipe!

Whether you desire to meet your health goals without comprising the taste quotient or simply want to relish a delicious meal, Nagarai meen seafood will satisfy your taste buds in more ways than one.

What is Nagarai fish?

A light pink fish, Nagarai Fish, features a jacket of scales. A part of the goatfish family, there are different types of Nagarai fish. This fish family is also called red mullet. In Tamil Nadu, it is famous as Nagarai or Nagarai Meen.

What does Nagarai fish taste like?

Nagarai is a moist and lean fish with a somewhat firm texture. 

As far as its taste is concerned, red mullet imparts a shellfish or shrimp taste. It goes well with a few popular ingredients, such as garlic and ginger. When cooked, its texture becomes firm.

We recommend barbecuing or grilling the Nagarai Fish to get the best taste. 

Nagarai Fish Benefits

Nagarai fish is full of essential nutrients good for the brain, skin, heart, and eyes. Regularly eating Nagarai fish is beneficial for our body in many ways. Rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, iron, iodine, phosphorus, and protein, this delicate fish can be poached or fried quickly.

Indian Style Nagarai fish recipes

We can always prepare healthy yet delicious dishes using red mullet no matter what season, from a simple salad to village-style Nagarai fish recipes. Red mullet is not just packed with flavours but is also easy to cook. 

What dishes do red mullet go with? 

Red mullet is known for a stronger taste than a few of its counterparts. As a result, people tend to cook it with punchier ingredients. When spicy herbs like garlic and chilli are combined with rich floral herbs such as oregano, thyme and rosemary, expect nothing but a fiery flavour. Being a Mediterranean fish, it goes well with various Mediterranean ingredients like fennel, tomatoes, suid, parmesan, green olives and more.

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Red Mullet Curry Recipe
To cook Red mullet, we recommend a simple method. It is important to ensure that you do not overcook this flavourful fish as it will turn the moist flesh dry. Red mullet can also be eaten whole, and the bones impart quite a rich and deep taste. Red mullet curry is amongst the most loved fish curries, especially for those who love spicy and sour tastes. Here’s a mouth-watering Red mullet curry recipe:-
Course Main Dish
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Course Main Dish
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
  1. Marinate the fish pieces generously with salt and chilli powder.
  2. Heat oil in a pan and then shallow fry the red mullet fish pieces for a few minutes until half cooked. Keep the fish aside to rest.
  3. Add spices and sauté them for a few seconds.
  4. Add chopped onions and green chillies, and fry until the onions are translucent.
  5. Add chopped tomato pieces and a little water. Again stir well for a few minutes on a low flame. Let this simmer until the tomatoes are soft and the raw smell of the spices dissipates.
  6. Finally, it is time to add the nagarai fish pieces and cook for 5 minutes.
  7. Once cooked, serve hot with rice.
Recipe Notes

This recipe is flavorful and perfect for a night when you plan to cook something a little different. If you enjoyed this read, let us know in the comments.

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