How to make Whole Pomfret -

Deep fried whole pomfrets served with a Mandarin style sauce.

Sanjeev Kapoor

This recipe is from the book Best of Chinese Cooking.

Main Ingredients : Pomfret (पापलेट), Lemon Juice (नींबु का रस)

Cuisine : Chinese

Course : Main Course Seafood

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Whole Pomfret

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Prep Time : 31-40 minutes

Cook time : 26-30 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Easy

Taste : Sweet and Sour

Ingredients for Whole Pomfret Recipe

  • Pomfret 2

  • Lemon Juice to taste

  • Lemon juice 2 tablespoons

  • Chilli oil 1 tablespoon

  • Fresh coriander leaves a few sprigs

  • Cornflour/ corn starch 1 tablespoon

  • Tomato sauce 1/4 cup

  • MSG 1/4 teaspoon

  • White pepper powder 1/4 teaspoon

  • Red chilli flakes 2 tablespoons

  • Sugar 2 tablespoons

  • Chicken stock 1 cup

  • Oil 2 tablespoons

  • Garlic chopped 3-4 cloves

  • Green capsicum cut into 1/2 inch pieces 1/2 medium

  • Pineapple cut into 1/2 inch pieces 1 slice

  • Spring onion greens chopped 1 stalk


Step 1

Make a small slit at the stomach and clean the inside of the pomfrets. Wash the fish thoroughly and pat dry with an absorbent paper. Make four to five quarter inch deep cuts on both sides of the fish.

Step 2

Apply salt, lemon juice and chilli oil. Leave aside to marinate for half an hour. Keep the coriander sprigs in chilled water. Mix cornflour in half a cup of water.

Step 3

Mix tomato sauce, MSG, white pepper powder, chilli flakes, sugar and salt with chicken stock. Heat sufficient oil in a wok and deep fry the marinated pomfrets for two to three minutes.

Step 4

Drain on absorbent paper. Transfer to the serving platter and keep warm. Heat two tablespoons oil in a wok or a pan, add garlic and capsicum and stir fry for a minute. Stir in the prepared sauce and spice mix. Bring it to a boil, add pineapple and cornflour mixture

Step 5

. Continue to cook on high for a minute. Pour the sauce on the fried pomfrets. Remove coriander sprigs from water and garnish the pomfrets. Serve hot topped with spring onion greens.

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MasterChef Sanjeev Kapoor

Chef Sanjeev Kapoor is the most celebrated face of Indian cuisine. He is Chef extraordinaire, runs a successful TV Channel FoodFood, hosted Khana Khazana cookery show on television for more than 17 years, author of 150+ best selling cookbooks, restaurateur and winner of several culinary awards. He is living his dream of making Indian cuisine the number one in the world and empowering women through power of cooking to become self sufficient. His recipe portal is a complete cookery manual with a compendium of more than 10,000 tried & tested recipes, videos, articles, tips & trivia and a wealth of information on the art and craft of cooking in both English and Hindi.