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pomfret fish fry recipe

Pomfret Tawa Fry | Pomfret Fry

This is a super tasty and spicy pomfret tawa fry recipe. Except for the marination time, this recipe is super quick and really a delight for fish lovers. Do try.
Course Accompaniment | Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine Indian, Karnataka | South Indian, Konkani, Mangalorean
Keyword pomfret fry recipe, pomfret tawa fry, tawa pomfret
recipe pomfret tawa fry
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Marination time 45 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 99kcal


  • 4 pomfret fish cleaned, scales removed

For 1st marinade

For 2nd marinade

  • 1 onion chopped
  • 7-8 garlic cloves
  • ½ inch ginger
  • 2 green chillies
  • ½ tsp. turmeric powder
  • 1 tbsp. lemon juice
  • ½ tsp. coriander powder
  • ½ tsp. garam masala powder
  • 1 tbsp. Kashmiri red chilli powder
  • 1 tsp. red chilli powder optional
  • 1 tbsp. besan gram flour
  • 1 tbsp. oil
  • salt to taste
  • Oil for shallow frying


  • Onion slices
  • Lemon slices
  • Chaat masala


  • Clean the fish well. Put slashes on both sides in the flesh so that the fish absorbs the marinade well. Now apply the ingredients of the first marinade ie salt, turmeric and lemon juice. Ensure that you apply in the slashes and the body cavity. Keep aside for 15 minutes.
  • Now prepare the second marinade. Take chopped onion, garlic, ginger, green chillies, turmeric powder, coriander powder, garam masala powder, Kashmiri chilli powder, red chilli powder (if using), besan, lemon juice, oil with salt and make a fine paste. Don’t add extra water. Let this marinade be thick.
  • Coat this second marinade on the pomfret pieces ensuring that you coat inside and outside well. Marinate for half an hour.
  • Now heat the pan to shallow fry the pomfret. Don’t crowd it too much. I cook one pomfret at a time.
  • Cook on each side for about 3 minutes on medium flame till each side is browned and the pomfret is well cooked.
  • Drain it and take it out on a plate. Serve with onion rings and lemon slices. Put some chaat masala on top if needed.
  • Serve it with chilled beer or with a side of rice pulao. Your delicious pomfret fry is ready to eat.


  1. Always buy fresh fish. Look for transparent eyes and red gills.
  2. Marinating it first with turmeric, salt and lemon juice helps remove the fishy smell.
  3. Remember that the first marinade already has salt so add salt in the second one accordingly.
  4. You could use rava or rice flour for a crunchy coating in place of besan or gram flour.
  5. Don’t overcook the fish. You can also bake it or cook it in airfryer instead of tawa frying it. Some people deep fry it as well.
  6. You can use this recipe for making other fish like seer fish, kingfish, mackerel, sardine etc. If you like you can coat the fish with some seasoned rava for a crunchy crust.
  7. Enjoy your pomfret tawa fry. If you do the marination in advance, this would be perfect for a get together with friends.


Calories: 99kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 5g | Sodium: 82mg | Potassium: 250mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 2085IU | Vitamin C: 17.9mg | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 1.5mg