Royal Hamour also known as Reef Cod is arguably the most famous and loved fish in the UAE. It is a classic looking local fish, with a silky olive green skin and large white flaky texture. The fish is a widely used fish for fish n chips or its delicious fillet served with lemon and sauce. It can also be grilled or fried whole. The Royal Hamour is highly rated among the Arabs and is also known as Reef Cod. The fish comes in different sizes and is one from the family of Hamours which also include the Summan Hamour and Arosa Red Hamour. Hamour Fillets are most widely used in the UAE in buffets or even fried fish. Many customers prefer baking the Hamour, usually its smaller size, while many prefer grilling its larger size.
A delicious recipe to cook this fish is the Parsi Style Patrani Macchi. Patrani Macchi Recipe is one of the favorite seafood recipes. This is a classic Parsi preparation that is very popular at weddings and other festive occasions. Traditionally, the fish is coated in a coconut chutney mixture, wrapped in banana leaves, and steamed.
Hamour is a good source of protein and contains vitamins and Omega-3 making it a healthy option.