Bombay ducks are prepared and enjoyed in various forms. It may be fried, as a fresh fish, or may be consumed when dried and salted. However, the dried fish has a very strong smell, which might not go too well with people not accustomed to it.
Like all other fish, Bombay ducks too, in which ever form they are prepared and consumed, offer varied health benefits. In most parts of the coastline of Maharashtra, it makes for the staple diet of the people.