Tilapia Escabeche

Tilapia Escabeche is the Filipino version of Sweet and Sour Fish recipe. Tilapia Escabeche is served as a whole fish deep fried and topped with sweet and sour sauce Filipino-style. 

You may also use other kind of fish like maya-maya, pompanobangussea bass(bulgan) or pretty much any white fish you like. Fish Escabeche is easy to prepare and brings your plain fried fish to a special dish. 

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Make and share this delicious Tilapia Escabeche. Easy to make using simple ingredients and perfect for a busy weekday. Combination of vinegar and sugar makes Tilapia Escabeche one of the Filipinos favorite food. 

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  • 1 whole tilapia, around a pound or a pound and a half
  • 1/2 cup vinegar
  • 3 tbsp white sugar
  • 2-3 tbsp banana ketchup 
  • 2 thumb size ginger, cut into strips
  • 4 cloves garlic, sliced thin
  • 1 medium onion, sliced thin
  • 1 small carrot, cut into strips
  • 1 small green bell pepper, cut into strips
  • 1 small red bell pepper, cut into strips
  • 1 tsp cornstarch, diluted in 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp ground pepper
  • salt to taste
  • cooking oil

  1. Clean tilapia thoroughly. Pat dry and season with salt. 
  2. In a wide pan over medium heat, add enough cooking oil to cover half of the fish. 
  3. Fry fish until crisp and golden brown for about 3 to 5 minutes on each side. Fry longer if needed. Remove from pan, drain excess oil and place in a serving plate. 
  4. In a bowl, combine vinegar, sugar and ketchup. Stir to combine and set aside. 
  5. In a medium sauce pan over medium heat, add 2 tablespoon of oil. 
  6. Saute ginger, garlic and onion until aromatic for about 2 minutes. 
  7. Add carrots and bell peppers. Stir and cook for a minute. 
  8. Pour in vinegar-sugar mixture to the pan and stir. Allow to boil for about 2 minutes. 
  9. Add cornstarch diluted in water to the pan and stir. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 3 to 5 minutes. 
  10. Taste to see if more salt or sugar is needed. 
  11. Pour sauce over fried fish and serve warm with steam rice. Enjoy!

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