Pomfret Tawa Fry | Tasty Pomfret Fry Recipe

by Rachna

I enjoy seafood like prawns, crabs and fish way more than chicken. White pomfret is one of our favourite fishes to eat. The sons enjoy the mackerel and sardines too. Pomfret has a very tasty, delicate flesh that goes really well when you marinate it and make pomfret tawa fry with it. This will make for a perfect weekend meal without much slog.

Here’s how to make pomfret fry:

pomfret fish fry recipe

Pomfret Tawa Fry | Pomfret Fry

Rachna Parmar
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.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Marination time 45 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Accompaniment | Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine Indian, Karnataka | South Indian, Konkani, Mangalorean
Servings 4
Calories 99 kcal


  • 4 pomfret fish cleaned, scales removed

For 1st marinade

  • 1/2 tsp. turmeric powder
  • 2 tbsp. lemon juice
  • salt

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.


Nutrition Facts
Pomfret Tawa Fry | Pomfret Fry
Amount Per Serving
Calories 99 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Sodium 82mg4%
Potassium 250mg7%
Carbohydrates 12g4%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 2085IU42%
Vitamin C 17.9mg22%
Calcium 29mg3%
Iron 1.5mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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  1. Make deep gashes in the fish on both sides. Marinate for 15 minutes in salt, lemon juice and turmeric powder.
pomfret fish fry recipe

2. Take all the ingredients for a the second marinade and blend in a blender to a thick paste.

how to make pomfret fish fry

3. The 2nd marinade paste is quite thick.

Pomfret fish fry recipe

4. Generously apply the marinade to the fish, both outside and inside. Marinate for 30 minutes.

Pomfret fish fry

5. Shallow fry in hot oil. Three minutes on each side was enough for me. Don’t overcook the fish. Serve hot with onion rings and lemon wedges.

Pomfret tawa fry

Do try and let me know how it turned out.

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Rekha -

Will share the recipe with the husband as he cooks non-veg here.

theloveofspice -

This looks SO delicious, Rachna! Pomfret is one of my favorites, though I do love my chicken too! ?

Love the step by step photos!

Shilpa Garg -

Wow! That looks so perfect, inviting and delicious. I so want to dig into it. Will share this recipe with KG. Thanks!

Rachna -

Thanks Shilpa!

Vinitha -

I’m drooling here. Definitely trying this recipe next time. ?

Rachna -

Thanks Vinitha ?

Sanch @ Sanch Writes -

That looks delicious! I might try the marinade for some other fish though as I’m not sure if I’ve seen pomfret here. In any case, I’m still a bit wary to use a whole fish and prefer buying fillets

Rachna -

I think it should work with any firm fish. Fillets are fine as well.


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