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Goan/Konkani-style Pan-Fried Pomfret Fish Recipe

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This fried fish recipe can be had as main course or split as an appetizer. Very easy to make, it is a perfect recipe for a relaxed evening. Crispy on the outside & soft and flaky on the inside! You can pair it with a glass of Prosecco. A must explore recipe if you are a fish lover.

I have made this pan fired pomfret in typical Goan / Konkani style . This fired fish recipe uses only 5 ingredients – turmeric powder, red chili powder, ginger and garlic and rice flour /semolina mix. Ginger and garlic are optional.  You may feel free to skip them. Also, you can use just the rice flour or just the semolina. Semolina will make the outer layer more crispy compared to just rice flour. Therefore, for this fried fish recipe, I generally use a mix of both rice flour and semolina for the perfect crispy crust.

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Fried Fish
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Fresh Pomfret

Make sure fish is absolutely fresh. The way to identify this is the skin. The skin of fresh pomfret will shine. If you lift the gill of fish, it should not be dry. It should be red and sticky. In Goa, fish is not cut in steaks, it is cut thin so it can absorb the curry flavor. Once you cut and clean the fish, rub some salt on the fish (about a teaspoon) and let it marinate for at least an hour for the best flavor. If pomfret is unavailable, butter fish is your next best choice for this recipe. Many people also like pompano, but I am personally not very fond of it.

If you like pomfret, you will also love our stuffed pomfret and easy Goan pomfret curry.

Pan Fried Fish Recipe

Easy Pan-fried fish recipe

Shallow-fried fish Goan-style
5 from 11 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Resting time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine Goan, Indian
Servings 2 fish
Calories 51 kcal



  • Cut and clean a large pomfret. See notes for picking fresh fish.
  • Apply salt, turmeric powder, red chili powder, ginger and garlic paste to the fish. Marinate for an hour.
  • Heat a cast iron pan and pour some oil.
  • In a plate, mix rice flour and semolina.
  • Coat the marinated fish pieces with the rice flour mix and lay them in hot oil to fry for a few minutes.
  • Turn after a few minutes turn to fry on other sides.
  • As fish cooks, it turns opaque and the outsides will be crisp.


We have used a mixture of rice flour and semolina but feel free to use just one of the two to coat the fish. The semolina will make the fish crispy. 


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Nutrition Facts
Easy Pan-fried fish recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 fish)
Calories 51 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 1197mg52%
Potassium 39mg1%
Carbohydrates 10g3%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 2g4%
Calcium 7mg1%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Vitamin A 600IU12%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Keyword Best stuffed pomfret, fish curry, Seafood
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By FoodLifeAndMoney in June, 2020

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