Filipino Fish Escabeche

Tilapia, cod, or halibut can be used for making this Filipino fish escabeche, which comes with a sweet and sour sauce.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
45 mins


  • 1 cup oil for frying

  • 1 (4 ounce) whole tilapia, cleaned and scaled

  • salt to taste

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 onion, chopped

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into chunks

  • 1 (1 inch) piece ginger, thinly sliced crosswise, or to taste

  • 1 ¼ cups water

  • 1 cup distilled white vinegar

  • 5 tablespoons white sugar

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch


  1. Heat oil in a deep fryer or large saucepan to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  2. Pat tilapia dry with a paper towel. Cut 2 to 3 slits on either side of fish; sprinkle salt on top. Fry in hot oil until browned, about 2 minutes per side.

  3. Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Sauté onion and garlic until onion is translucent, about 5 minutes. Add red bell pepper and ginger; sauté until fragrant, about 2 minutes.

  4. Mix water, vinegar, and sugar together in a bowl. Pour into onion mixture in the skillet. Cover and bring to a boil. Cook until slightly reduced, about 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Add cornstarch. Boil, stirring often, until sauce is thickened, about 5 minutes. Pour sauce over fish.

Editor's Note:

We have determined the nutritional value of oil for frying based on a retention value of 10% after cooking. Amount will vary depending on cooking time and temperature, ingredient density, and specific type of oil used.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

259 Calories
16g Fat
23g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 259
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 16g 21%
Saturated Fat 2g 11%
Cholesterol 10mg 3%
Sodium 95mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 23g 8%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 18g
Protein 6g
Vitamin C 41mg 205%
Calcium 23mg 2%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 230mg 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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