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Goan Pomfret Fish Curry with Coconut and Ginger Recipe

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Coconut is an essential ingredient of Goan cuisine. This fish curry is another easy recipe that is ready in minutes. Freshly grated coconut makes the best Goan curry, however, you can use frozen coconut if fresh coconut is not available. If using fresh coconut, you may want to consider using a coconut scraper. We have used fresh pomfret but this curry tastes just as good with butter fish. We personally don’t prefer pompano but that is also an option if pomfret or butterfish are not available.

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

Make sure the 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 the fish, it should’t 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 flavor of the curry. 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 we are not very fond of it.

Pomfret curry

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Pomfret fish curry

Goan fish curry with coconut and ginger

Pomfret fish curry
5 from 7 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Resting time 1 hour
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Goan, Indian
Servings 4
Calories 118 kcal


  • 1 pomfret or butterfish large
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • ½ onion chopped
  • 1 tomato chopped
  • ½ inch ginger grated
  • 1 green chili roughly chopped
  • ½ cup grated coconut
  • 1 tsp chili powder more as needed
  • ¼ tsp turmeric powder
  • salt as needed
  • pea-sized ball of tamarind


  • Cut and clean 1 large pomfret.
  • Marinate with about ½ a teaspoon of salt for an hour or so.
  • Heat a pan and add oil.
  • Add chopped onion, ginger and green chili and sauté.
  • Add tomatoes and cook until oil separates.
  • Add coconut, chili powder, turmeric powder, salt and tamarind water to the fish and mix.
  • Add the fish to the pan and stir gently.
  • Add water and bring to a boil.
  • Turn the fish to cook on the other side.
  • Simmer for 10-15 minutes until the fish is cooked. The fish will turn whitish and opaque.
  • Sprinkle cilantro and serve with rice and sol kadhi.


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Nutrition Facts
Goan fish curry with coconut and ginger
Amount Per Serving
Calories 118 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Sodium 52mg2%
Potassium 160mg5%
Carbohydrates 6g2%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 1g2%
Calcium 9mg1%
Vitamin C 7mg8%
Vitamin A 404IU8%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Keyword fish curry, Goan, Seafood
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By FoodLifeAndMoney in June, 2020

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