This falls under the delicious fish around the world. In English, it is known under various names like Emperor Fish, Pigface Bream, Green Snapper, Sand Bream, Yellow Sweetlip, North-west snapper. In Malayalam, it is called Valiya Vilmeen, Karva, Pulli Velameen, and Kurali; in Arabic, as Sherry or Sheri. 


Over 39 species of Emperor fish live in the brackish sea waters in the Indo- Pacific regions and the Red Sea. It survives within mangrove swamps and reefs and stony coastal lines. Therefore, Emperor Fish’s habitat is a mix between freshwater and low saline areas in water bodies.  The breeding season revolves around the lunar cycle and in large schools.



Nutritional Value Facts

A person normally requires a 2000 calorie diet daily. Based on this, the nutritional breakdown of 100 grams of Emperor Fish is:

  • Protein: 25 grams
  • Cholesterol: 80 milligrams
  • Calories: 110 calories
  • Carbohydrates: 1 gram
  • Fats:  0 grams per serving
  • Saturated Fats: 0 grams
  • Sodium: 125 milligrams
  • Calcium: 2.7 milligrams
  • Potassium: 305 mg

Health Benefits

The wellbeing benefits of Emperor Fish are:

  • Pregnancy: For the overall health of the to-be mother and child, this low-calorie food is the best option, as it hardly contains mercury and is caught in the freshwater catchment areas around India.
  • Low on Fats: It has an almost nil percentage of fats, thereby reducing fat levels in the bloodstream
  • Potassium: To fix the wear and tear of the internal tissues and cancer cell repair, the intake of fish like Vatta is good.
  • Omega-3 Fatty Acids: These fatty acids are beneficial in reducing internal body inflammations, breathing issues, asthma, and blood clot problems.
  • Muscle building: It is useful for heavy muscle builders, sportspersons, adventure artists, protein-rich fish to maintain the muscles.

Cut Varieties

This delicacy is available as Emperor Fish steak cuts and even dressed with skin removed. It is cleaned, frozen, and packaged under the most hygienic conditions.

Texture & Taste

Emperor Fish has soft flesh which low-fat content. This lends the marbled white- light pink hue to the flesh. The skin will be removed, and free of dirt when ordered.

The texture of the Emperor Fish flesh is juicy with less oil, light, flaky and moist to the taste. Fresh fish will be firm, the fish cuts will look light yellow to baby pink–depending on the waters they have caught from.

The taste of the Emperor Fish is tasty, with a mild freshwater flavor. Once cooked, it is white, thick, but can come apart in delicate flakes. Only big bones are present and can be easily removed.

Recipe Ideas

Emperor Fish is a versatile, delicious fish that can be boiled, fried in Indian spices, and even delicately wrapped in banana leaves and cooked in coconut milk, as per the Kerala fish recipe ideas.