Deliciously flavourful and not too difficult to make, this fried fish is a crowd favourite, anywhere it is made. Sometimes referred to as ‘Angel fish’, Pomfret is an immensely popular fish and appears regularly in South Asian cuisines. Its tender white flesh has a unique flavour, and when marinated in a variety of spices and fried, it becomes a comforting, nutritiously tasty and wholesome dish.

This dish can be made in several varieties, all depending on your mood and the availability of ingredients in your home. We can look at the recipe of a version that is easy to make and has humble ingredients that you will always have at home. One of the best parts about this recipe is that the fish we use has noticeably light bones, which makes it very easy to prepare and even more enjoyable to eat. All you must ensure is that you get your hands on some fresh fish!

Prep time: 15 minutes.

Cook time: 35 minutes.

This recipe serves 1 person. 



  • 6 tablespoon sesame oil

  • Oil- 2 tbsp

  • Mustard seeds -1/2 tsp

  • Red chilli - 1

  • Green chilli – 1, slit

  • Curry leaves – 3 nos

  • Spring onion – 1, sliced

  • Cabbage- 1/2 cup, shredded

  • Salt to taste

  • Pepper

  • Kiwi- 1, diced

  • Vinegar – ½ tsp

  • Sugar – a pinch

  • Coconut – grated (for garnish)


Step 1

To make the masala, mix together ½ tbsp ginger garlic paste, 1 tsp red chilli powder, ½ tbsp turmeric powder, lemon juice, 1 tbsp oil and salt to taste in a blender

Step 2

Make long, deep cuts on the pomfret. Coat the fish with the freshly prepared masala, and toss it around thoroughly to make sure the marinade reaches all parts. Leave it aside for marination, for at least 15 minutes.

Step 3

Once the fish is well marinated, you can coat it with semolina. In a flat dish, take an adequate amount of Rava, and dip the masala coated fish in it well, until all sides are coated with it. Remove the fish and sprinkle the remaining bit of semolina on the fish, for that extra crispiness.

Step 4

Next, heat oil for shallow frying in a pan. Slide the marinated fish in carefully, and fry on medium heat for 5 minutes on each side. Make sure that the fish is fried until the sides are nicely browned, and crispy.

Step 5

Your masala fried pomfret fish is now ready to be served hot, with some onions and lemon wedges. It is also popular to serve this dish with tangy cabbage and kiwi salad.