A Delicious Indian Style Pomfret Fry Recipe for All Fish Lovers – A Must Try!

Pomfret or Indian Butterfish is a popular type of fish that is found widely in South Asia. This delicious fish is packed with all the right nutrients, and its buttery and rich flavour will leave you asking for more.

Pomfret is a great source of vitamins and calcium that are essential for the nervous system. This fish is believed to boost the immune system and also comes with loads of other health benefits that make it one of the best seafood choices to make.  

If you’re looking to add this healthy fish to your diet, then keep reading to find out about the different types of pomfret that you can cook. We’ve also included a delicious pomfret fry recipe that you could try out for an enjoyable meal.

The Different Types of Pomfrets You Must Know

There are different types of pomfret available in the market, but the most common pomfret types are white pomfret, black pomfret, and Chinese silver pomfret. Here’s a little information about each one of them.

White Pomfret: White Pomfret is a delicate fish with a non-fishy flavour. It’s a lean meat fish with a mild flavour and texture. It is also low on fat as compared to black pomfret. The flesh of the white pomfret easily breaks on the plate. Steamed or fried, this fish is tasty either way.

Black Pomfret: This is another popular type of pomfret that is widely eaten. Popularly known as Halwaa Fish, it is rich in omega-3 fatty acids and proteins. Considered a delicacy in many parts of the world, it can be cooked in numerous ways. The omega-3 fatty acids present in black pomfret are essential for health.

Chinese Silver Pomfret: This is one of the most delicious pomfret that you can get your hands on. The silver beauty is soft, moist, flaky, and has a rich taste. It’s great for making any kind of pomfret dish.

How to Make Pomfret Fry

The first step to making the perfect pomfret fry is to always get fresh & clean fish. If you want to avoid the early-morning hassle of the wet market, then order your fish from Licious to get expertly cleaned pomfret from the day’s catch. The next step in the process is to always pat your fish dry before you apply the spices. This ensures that your fish is crispy. Apply your spice mix evenly over the fish, and set it aside for about 15 to 20 minutes. Roll your fish in the coating and fry well till crisp.

Licious Pomfret

At Licious, we stock up on these three types of pomfret – White, Black, and Chinese Silver Pomfret. All of our seafood is sourced daily from government-approved local fishing boats and delivered fresh to your home! You can choose from fillets, steaks, or whole fish options. The fish is thoroughly cleaned and hygienically packed. Our seafood is always fresh, never frozen! Order your favourite type of fresh Pomfret from our website and make this delicious Indian-style Pomfret Fry recipe below.

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Pomfret Fish Fry Indian-Style Recipe
This quick and easy pomfret fry recipe is simple, delicious, and ready within minutes!
Cook Time 50 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
  1. In a blender, add the ginger, garlic, oil, red chilli powder, turmeric powder, and lemon juice. Grind, and the masala is ready.
  2. Make incisions in the pomfret, and evenly apply the masala. Marinate for 15 minutes.
  3. Coat in semolina and shallow fry till golden and crisp.
  4. Allow more marination time as this will enhance the taste and flavour of the Indian-style pomfret fry.
  5. This recipe is for one person, but if you’re looking to cook for more people, then simply increase the fish and ingredients accordingly.
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