What Does Golden Pompano Fish Taste Like?

What Does Golden Pompano Fish Taste Like

Perhaps we all know about a very popular type of fish living in Florida. Its name is golden pompano. But what does a golden pompano fish taste like?

How many people have seen and had a chance to taste it? In this review today, I would love to give you all the information about this interesting fish.

Introduction About Golden Pompano Fish

The Florida pompano belongs to Carangidae family, which is one of the most famous fishes in Florida. From March to September, they spawn along the East Coast and far away from the shore.

Their foods are just some mollusks and crustaceans in temperate inshore waters. Because they have gray backs, which turn a little greenish and silvery when they move, and their fins have golden glisten, they are also usually called golden pompano fish. If you ever dive into the East Coast and the Gulf of Florida, you may have a chance to see a magnificent view of the pompanos going together with silvery sparkle everywhere.

What Does Pompano Fish Taste Like?

As gastronomic people have described, the Floria pompano is the most edible fish in the world. Their silvery and beautiful skin is typically thick, a bit tough, and greasy, which can melt in your mouth right at the moment you have the first bite. Their meat is white, firm but can be easily flaked off and has a mild flavor.

Moreover, it is a discovery of Saveur magazine since pompanos are saltwater fish, they tend to taste much more delicious than fresh water ones. And according to an interview of Roberta Sabban with Rick Mace, the Executive Chef of Cafe Boulud restaurant in Florida, golden pompano fish is versatile and unique in that area.

He also said that they taste clean and don’t have too much fat, which is different from other types of fishes. And they have a mild flavor so they can be cooked with numerous recipes. For example, it is a terrific cuisine if you combine them with lemon, olive oil, tarragon, or fennel.

Making them an ingredient in Japanese soup, kimchi or using sauce while eating can be excellent recipes as well. I will give you some specific cuisines with pompano at the end of this article.


What Nutrients Do Pompano Bring?

Having a pompano can get you full easily and quickly. Because it is on the low end of our food items, it is probably not an appropriate food if you are on a diet.

The average weight of a pompano is 3 pounds, which usually contain about 558 calories; 137,5 grams of fat; 262,5 grams of protein; and 800 grams of omega-3 fatty acids. So you will definitely feel quite full after eating.

Besides, a pompano also provides some micronutrients, including vitamins and minerals. Although the amount is relatively small, those micronutrients still play an integral part in helping our body healthy and preventing disease.

Experiences When Buying and Processing Golden Pompano Fish

Where to buy: You can find this fish in almost all of the markets in pompano beach, Florida, such as Sea World Seafood, Fish Peddler East, Seafood Unlimited USA, or Pop’s Fish Market. Because Florida has a redundant number of it, you can buy a dozen with a very reasonable price.

And people often cook the whole fish at one time, it is also sold in that way. How to check its freshness: When shopping a pompano, just take a close look at its surface, scales, gills, and cavity.

The surface should be white and shiny. If the scales adhere tightly, you can guarantee its freshness. Check the color of the gills, which should be clean, and red or pink if the fish is fresh. And its cavity should look clean and shiny as well.

How to preserve: If you go on a vacation and want to buy plenty stuff for your friends and family at home, remember to buy pompanos last since it is seafood. If you purchase them too soon, they might become rotten quicker than when you save them for last.

And remember to keep them in good condition by putting them in a cooler and prevent them from being harmed by any bacterial contamination.

Some Recipes For Home Cooks

Broiled Pompanos in Korean Style

  • Preparation time: 10 minutes.
  • Plating time: 10 minutes.
  • Ingredients:
  • 2 golden pompanos. 
  • 1-2 peppers.
  • Lemon.
  • Salt.
  • Wine.
  • Chili.
  • Powder.
  • Seasoning powder
  • Let’s Make It:
  • Clean the pompanos, cut their gills and organs, and strain off the water. Then put some salt, a little wine, seasoning powder and wait until the fishes are all absorbed by those ingredients.
  • After 30 minutes, rub the fishes with chili powder. Cut peppers into small pieces and squeeze the lemon for water.
  • Roll out a tinfoil. Put pieces of pepper on it and then the pompanos. Wrap the fishes in the tinfoil.
  • Grill the fishes with 250 Celcius in 20 minutes, then turn them upside down and grill 15 minutes more.
  • After the fishes are all baked, open the tin foil and pour lemonade on them.

Steamed Pompanos With Vegetables

  • Preparation time: 10 minutes.
  • Plating time: 10 minutes.
  • Ingredients:
  • A fresh pompano.
  • Peppercorn.
  • Garlic.
  • Onion.
  • Pepper.
  • Salt.
  • Sugar.
  • Tomatoes.
  • Vegetable.
  • Fish sauce.
  • Let’s Make It:
  • Cut the fish gills and guts, then clean it.
  • Put a one-half teaspoon of salt, 30 ml of fish sauce, one teaspoon of sugar, two peppers cut into pieces, one-half teaspoon of ground peppercorn, one-half teaspoon of ground garlic and onion, and pieces of tomatoes on two surfaces of the fish. Then wait about 30 minutes.
  • Steam the fish in 15 minutes.
  • Pick all the bones out of the fish. Then use vegetables to wrap their meat and you have a delicious pompano ever.

Cooking Pompanos With Pineapple

  • Preparation time: 10 minutes.
  • Plating time: 15 minutes.
  • Ingredients:
  • 2 pompanos.
  • One pineapple.
  • Onion.
  • Fish sauce.
  • Seasoning powder.
  • Peppercorn.
  • Chili powder.
  • Marinade.
  • Cooking oil.
  • Let’s Make It:
  • Clean the fishes and cut them into pieces. Then, wash the pieces with watery saline to eliminate metallic smell, and wash them again with fresh water.
  • Put the fishes in a pot. Then mix them with three tablespoons of fish sauce, one tablespoon of seasoning powder, one-fourth teaspoon of salt, one tablespoon of chili powder, a tablespoon of cooking oil, one teaspoon of sugar, two tablespoons of marinade, and ground onion.
  • Wait for about 30 minutes.
  • Cut pineapple into pieces.
  • After the ingredients are absorbed, put pineapple into to pot and heat the fishes up. Remember to turn the gas stove to a low heat and turn the fishes upside down every 30 minutes.
  • Keep the heat until the marinade almost empty. After that, you can turn off the burner and enjoy your meal.


Those are the best recipes that I would love to share with you in this review. I also hope that it has given you all the information you need about golden pompanos. Thank you for reading my article about: What does golden pompano fish taste like and see you in my next review.

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Gina A. Herrera

I'm Gina A. Herrera - a dietician and a mother of 2 children. I have more than 10 years of experience in cooking and planning meals for patients based on their medical condition and needs. I'm a blogger and a cook. Besides taking care of my kids, I usually spends time writing about the countries that I has been to, the cultures that I has experienced, and the foods that I has tasted. I have a special love for traveling and food. This review is based on her road trip to Florida last summer.