Pinaputok na Tilapia


Pinaputok na Tilapia is a Filipino fish recipe where tilapia is stuffed with a mixture of tomatoes, onions, and ginger. With this Pinaputok na Tilapia recipe, the fish was wrapped in banana leaves and double wrapped with aluminum foil, and chopped cilantro was added for extra flavor. You can substitute cilantro with green onions or just skip it! No oven? No problem! Follow instructions below and instead of cooking it in the oven, grilled it over hot charcoal or just steam it. 

The combination of tomatoes, onions, ginger and cilantro seasoned with pepper and fish sauce makes this tilapia dish flavorful so about time to try this simple Pinaputok na Tilapia recipe. You want to make it healthier? Spray or brush it with olive oil instead of vegetable oil or butter. Rubbing the tilapia with tamarind powder also known as sinigang mix gives the fish extra flavor!

The name Pinaputok means to explode or burst. Baking it in a right temperature or heat cooks the tilapia perfectly moist and tender so if you are a fan of tilapia, you going to love this Pinaputok na Tilapia recipe. You can also use other fish like red snapper  or even pompano. This Pinaputok fish is very easy to make using basic ingredients. Watch the video below to learn how easy it is on how to make Pinaputok na Tilapia or Pinaputok na Isda. 


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  • 2 large tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 thumb size ginger, sliced
  • 1 bunch cilantro or green onions, chopped
  • 1/4 tsp ground pepper
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce or salt to taste
  • 1-2 lbs tilapia, cleaned and pat dry
  • 1 tbsp tamarind soup mix (sinigang powder)
  • banana leaves for wrapping
  • aluminum foil for wrapping
  • cooking oil spray or melted butter


  1. In a bowl, combine tomatoes, onion, ginger, cilantro, ground pepper and fish sauce. Mix to combine and set aside. Clean banana leaves and wipe dry. Set aside. 
  2. Sprinkle tilapia with tamarind powder and rub all over the fish including the cavity. Stuff tilapia with tomato-onion mixture. Arrange banana leaves over aluminum foil. (Double wrapping with aluminum foil prevents the juice from leaking) Spray or brush banana leaves with cooking spray or melted butter. Add stuffed fish and spray or brush fish with oil or butter. Wrap the fish in banana leaves then the aluminum foil and fold the edges to seal. 
  3. Preheat oven to 375 F. Place wrapped fish in a baking pan and bake in preheated oven for about 20-25 minutes or until fish is cooked well. Remove fish from the oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes. Adjust the oven temperature to low broil. Gently open the foil and the banana leaves. Spray or brush tilapia again with oil or melted butter. Return to the oven to broil for about 5 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Serve while hot with spiced vinegar or fish sauce and hot steamed rice. Enjoy!

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