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Here are Indonesia’s 5 Favorite Fish

The Indonesian people’s interest in consuming fish has been increasing. National fish consumption has significantly risen to reach 1.2 million tons. This achievement indicates that the nationwide campaign promoting fish consumption is showing results.

Fish is highly nutritious, even more so than meat and chicken. Moreover, fish prices are often more affordable compared to meat and chicken. Fish contains high levels of omega-3 fatty acids, calcium, vitamin D, and phosphorus. It is also rich in other vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin B2, iron, zinc, iodine, magnesium, and potassium.

In Indonesia, there are numerous fish species that are highly favored by the people. Freshwater fish, in particular, are popular for daily consumption. So, which fish are the most beloved? Let’s find out in our following article.

Gourami Fish

Gourami fish originates from the Sunda waters. Its distinct characteristic is its flat and wide-shaped body. Although it comes from the Sunda waters, gourami fish can now be found in various regions of Indonesia because it is easier to find in tropical waters. Known for its savory flesh, it’s no wonder that many people enjoy dishes made from gourami fish. There are many well-known gourami fish dishes, such as Sweet and Spicy Gourami Fish, Rica-Rica Seasoned Gourami Fish, Butter Sauce Fried Gourami Fish, and more.


Known for its slippery and elongated body that tapers towards the tail, catfish has its own unique feature: long whiskers. Despite its relatively small size, catfish is well-liked by many due to its tasty flavor and tender meat. Besides being fried and served with sambal as pecel lele, this fish can also be cooked as “mangut lele” or grilled with soy sauce.

Common Carp

Common carp has an upright and flat shape, normal scales, and elongated fins. Its tender texture makes it suitable for dishes like “pepes ikan mas” (steamed common carp) or “gulai kepala ikan mas” (common carp head curry). However, caution should be exercised when consuming this fish. Despite being delicious, the delicate and numerous tiny bones must be carefully removed from the flesh.

Pangasius Catfish

Pangasius belongs to the same family as catfish and shares similar external characteristics, such as its wet and slimy outer body and tender meat. Pangasius catfish is commonly used to make delicious fish soup and is highly beneficial for toddlers. For a more adventurous experience, it can also be cooked as pangasius catfish curry.

Tilapia Fish

Tilapia fish has a medium-sized body, reaching a maximum length of 30 cm, and is grayish-black in color. It is the easiest fish to cultivate due to its rapid growth. A unique fact about tilapia fish is that after mating, the female tilapia has a habit of carrying the fertilized eggs in her mouth. This behavior is called “mouth breeder.”

Want to enjoy a different Tilapia fish dish? Try sautéing it with fermented soybean paste (tauco) and plenty of sliced chili. Guaranteed to be a spicy-sweet sensation, Tilapia fish will provide a unique flavor experience on your palate.

So, what do you think, Moms? Are you still hesitant to consume fish? You already know the numerous benefits of fish consumption. For Moms who want to get the best quality Tilapia fish, you can find it at Regal Springs. And don’t worry, the fillet quality of Regal Springs’ Tilapia fish is guaranteed.