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Hilsa: The national fish of Bangladesh

Dive into the heart of Bangladeshi cuisine with Hilsa, a revered fish celebrated for its delicate flavor and cultural significance. Experiment with different recipes and cooking methods to discover your personal favorite way to enjoy this culinary treasure.

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Yield: Varies depending on recipe (typical yield for 1 fish: 2-4 servings)

Prep Time: 15-30 minutes (depending on cleaning and recipe)

Cook Time: 20-45 minutes (depending on recipe)

Total Time: 35-75 minutes (depending on cleaning and recipe)


  • 1 fresh Hilsa fish, cleaned and scaled

  • Spices and aromatics (vary depending on recipe, commonly used: mustard, turmeric, chilies, coriander, ginger, garlic)

  • Cooking oil (mustard oil or vegetable oil)

  • Additional ingredients (vary depending on recipe, examples: onions, tomatoes, coconut milk, yogurt)


  1. Clean and prepare the Hilsa according to your chosen recipe. This may involve scaling, gutting, and cutting into pieces.

  2. Marinate the fish with spices and aromatics for at least 30 minutes (optional, depending on recipe).

  3. Heat oil in a pan or pot according to your chosen recipe.

  4. Cook the Hilsa according to your chosen recipe (e.g., grilling, frying, stewing).

  5. Serve hot with accompaniments like rice, vegetables, and chutney.


  • Use the freshest Hilsa possible for the best flavor.

  • Adjust the amount of spices to your taste preference.

  • Explore various regional Hilsa recipes to discover the diverse flavors of Bangladesh.

Ready to explore? Here are some popular Hilsa dishes to get you started:

  • Bhapa Ilish: Steamed Hilsa with mustard, turmeric, and chilies.

  • Ilish Machher Jhaal: Hilsa curry with tomatoes, onions, and ginger.

  • Shorshe Ilish: Hilsa cooked in a rich mustard sauce.

  • Ilish Bhorta: Mashed Hilsa dish with onions, tomatoes, and spices.

  • Ilish Paturi: Hilsa wrapped in banana leaves and cooked in a clay oven.

Embark on your Hilsa adventure and savor the taste of Bangladesh!

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