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Stuffed Pomfret Recipe

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Stuffed pomfret recipe is a very popular dish in the coastal regions of India. The fish has a very mild flavor. So if you have never eaten fish and want to try it, I would highly recommend a pomfret. The fish itself cooks in minutes.

The stuffing can be made ahead of time. I usually make it in bulk and freeze it in small containers. The filling of this stuffed pomfret recipe suffices for 12 whole fish. Make sure that the fish is shiny when you buy it for the best taste. The most important tip to have the right crusty fish is to shallow fry the fish evenly on both the sides on a medium to slow flame. 

If you are planning to have guests over, most of the work can be made ahead of time. You can make the stuffing a few days in advance and prep the fish a day before. Once that’s done, the only job on the day is to actually fry the fish. Pair the rice with lentils and rice or some salad.

You may even explore one of my popular fish recipe – Pan Fried Pomfret Fish Recipe

Stuffed Pomfret

Stuffed Pomfret

Stuffed fish crispy on the outside and flaky on the inside.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Goan, Indian
Servings 12
Calories 150 kcal


  • 12 whole pomfret fish

Green paste

  • 1 bunch cilantro
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 1 inch ginger
  • 2 cups grated coconut
  • 5 green chillies
  • 1/2 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 small piece tamarind substitute with lemon juice
  • 1 tsp salt

Red paste

  • 1 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 tsp water

For frying

  • 1/2 cup semolina
  • 1/2 cup rice powder
  • oil for frying


  • Clean fish and slit it in the middle so there is room for you to stuff with the green sauce
  • Rub salt on the outside and the inside of the fish and set aside for 15 minutes
  • In a grinder, take all the ingredients for the green paste and blend into a fine paste
  • Take the ingredients for the red paste and mix to a pasty consistency with water
  • Stuff the green paste inside the fish and apply the red paste liberally to the outside
  • Coat the fish in a mix of semolina and rice powder and shallow fry in oil on both sides. 


Adjust the quantities of the ingredients to your taste. 
You may substitute rice flour for semolina or vice versa. 
Lemon juice is a good substitute for tamarind. 
Butterfish may be a good substitute for pomfret if you can’t fish pomfret where you live. International stores usually have a good selection of fish. As always, make sure the fish is fresh and shiny when you buy it. 


Please note that the nutrition information provided below is approximate and meant as a guideline only. Actual numbers may be different from those provided below. If you have health issues, please work with a registered dietician or nutritionist. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.


Nutrition Facts
Stuffed Pomfret
Amount Per Serving (1 fish)
Calories 150 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Sodium 270mg12%
Potassium 103mg3%
Carbohydrates 11g4%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 2g4%
Calcium 10mg1%
Vitamin C 3mg4%
Vitamin A 119IU2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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By FoodLifeAndMoney in November, 2018

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