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Queenfish: Culinary delights at Muttrah fish market

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Once you arrive at the famous Muttrah fish market marina, you can notice dozens of boats lining the pier extending from the sea to the entrance to the fish market.


However, the visitor's attention is drawn to people standing in the form of circular rings.


The boats are loaded with many types of fish of which Queenfish, locally called ‘Al Hebesah’, is one of the fish that receives a large share of offers these days.


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The fish is distinguished by its streamlined shape, its length ranges between 100-120 cm, and its weight reaches more than 15 kg.


Queenfish, also known as Queenies or Queen Croaker, is a category of fish found in the coastal waters of the Indo-Pacific region.


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Queenfish is a popular food fish that is prized for its firm, white flesh, and mild flavour.


Several health references assert that Queenfish is a rich source of protein and essential nutrients such as Omega-3 fatty acids, Vitamin D, and Vitamin B12. Omega-3 fatty acids are important for heart health, brain function, and reducing inflammation in the body. Vitamin D is important for bone health, while Vitamin B12 is essential for the nervous system and red blood cell production.


The number of calories in queenfish can vary depending on the size and preparation method. On average, a 100-gram serving of queen fish contains around 129 calories. However, this can vary depending on whether the fish is baked, grilled, or fried, and whether any additional ingredients or sauces are used in the preparation.


The best way to prepare queen fish for maximum nutritional benefits is by grilling or baking it. This method helps to preserve the delicate flavour and tender texture of the flesh while keeping the calorie count low. Avoid deep frying queen fish, as this can add unnecessary calories and reduce the nutritional value of the fish.


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Queen fish is a nutritious seafood with low calories and high protein, making it an excellent option for building and repairing body tissues.


This fish is also rich in essential vitamins and minerals, including vitamin B12 and niacin, which are crucial for healthy skin, proper digestive system function, and nervous system functioning. To incorporate queen fish into a healthy diet, one can enjoy it grilled, baked, or sautéed, and its use is popular in many traditional cuisines.


Queenfish is also a good source of Omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential fatty acids that the body cannot produce on its own. Omega-3 fatty acids are important for maintaining heart health and brain function, and they may also help to reduce inflammation in the body. A 3.5-ounce serving of Queenfish contains approximately 190 milligrams of Omega-3 fatty acids.


Queenfish is a popular ingredient in many traditional cuisines, including Indian, Thai, and Indonesian cuisine. In India, Queenfish is often used to make curries, while in Thailand, it is used to make a popular street food called ‘pla thot kamin,’ which is deep-fried Queenfish marinated in turmeric and garlic. In Indonesia, Queenfish is often grilled with a spicy sauce made from chili peppers, coconut milk, and tamarind.


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This fish is greatly admired by Omanis and Asian communities, as is used in preparing many traditional meals that are very popular. This fish is often eaten in grilled or fried dishes and is added to salads while preparing the main dish.


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