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Pomfrets Cooked Two Ways

By Cosybites @cosybites

Steamed Pomfrets-1Air-fried Pomfrets-1

After 2½ years in Dubai, I finally set foot in the fish market. It was quite an experience I must say. Bring out your bargaining skills and you will get yourself some pretty good deals here. Still, the fish markets remains a place I would not go alone.

I bought some pomfrets from the fish market and was thinking of how to cook them. I love steamed fish but I know my hubby prefers the fried version. So I marinated the pomfrets together and cooked both versions for dinner. Instead of pan frying, I used my Philips air-fryer and the fish turned out quite well.


Here’s the recipe for steamed and fried pomfrets. Enjoy!



  • 500 gram pomfrets, cleaned
  • 2 tomatoes, cut

Ingredients for marinade:

  • Ginger, thinly sliced
  • Green onions, cut
  • 1 tablespoon huadiao wine 花雕酒
  • ½ teaspoon sesame oil
  • Black bean sauce, to taste
  • Soy sauce, to taste

Method for air-fried pomfret:

  1. Leave pomfret in marinade for about an hour in the refrigerator.
  2. Pre-heat air-fryer to 180ºC.
  3. Lightly spray the air-fryer dish with cooking spray. Remove pomfret from marinade and place in air-fryer dish.
  4. Air-fry pomfrets for 12 minutes, turning once halfway. I will try going up to 200ºC the next time, to see if it makes the fish crispier.

Air-Fried Pomfrets

Method for steamed pomfret:

  1. Leave pomfret in marinade for about an hour in the refrigerator.
  2. Add water in your steamer and bring to a rolling boil.
  3. Place pomfrets on a plate, pour in marinade and surround fish with tomato slices.
  4. Steam fish at high heat for 8 minutes.

Steamed Pomfrets

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