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Sarciadong Isda

Sarciadong Isda is a delicious Filipino dish made of fried fish simmered in tomatoes, garlic, onions, and eggs.

Filipino Style Fish Stew

Not exactly sure what the word ‘sarciado’ really means but I found two in Google: to ‘cook in thick sauce’ and ‘tomatoes’ or ‘salsa’ in Spanish. Both are befitting since this dish does have a thick sauce made of fresh tomatoes.

Sarciado is made by frying the fish first until crispy. This gives the sauce a unique earthy flavor. Fillet or whole fish can be used but I prefer the latter because it has so much flavor.

Basic Sarciado Ingredients

  • onion
  • garlic
  • plump ripe tomatoes sliced
  • fish sauce
  • water
  • fried fish—other types of fish that can be used are tilapia, Asian sea bass, milkfish or bangus, dalagang bukid, tuna etc.
  • eggs
  • ground black pepper to taste

How to cook Sarciadong Isda

  1. Season fish with salt then fry both sides in heated oil until brown. Set aside.
  2. In a pan with heated oil, saute onions and garlic until translucent. Add tomatoes. Continue cooking until wilted about 2 minutes. Season with fish sauce. Let it simmer until aromatic then add water. Simmer for 1 minute.
  3. Add fried fish. Cover and cook for 3 to 5 minutes over medium heat. Flip on the other side to make sure that all sides of fish are immersed in the sauce.
  4. Add beaten eggs then season with black pepper. Continue cooking for 2 more minutes and it’s done. Serve immediately over warm rice. So good!

Fried Stew Fish with eggs

With eggs? Yes, that’s what makes this dish unique. It gives the sauce a velvety texture and also balances the acidity of the tomatoes.
To bring out the flavor of the tomatoes, they must be sauteed until wilted. Once the juices have come out, season with fish sauce. Add more water for a saucier Sarciado or just enough to make a thick sauce.

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Sarciadong Isda Filipino Style Fish Stew

Sarciadong Isda

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Servings: 3 servings
Author: Mella
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Sarciadong Isda is a delicious Filipino dish made of fried fish simmered in tomatoes, garlic, onions and eggs.

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 400 grams whole fish (i used red snapper)
  • 1 small onion (sliced)
  • 3 cloves garlic (chopped)
  • 6 plump ripe tomatoes (sliced)
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce (adjust as necessary)
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 2 eggs (lightly beaten)
  • ground black pepper (to taste)

Instructions

  • Season fish with salt then fry both sides in heated oil until brown. Set aside. See recipe notes for other types of fish you can use. 
  • In a pan with heated oil, saute onions and garlic until translucent. Add tomatoes. Continue cooking until wilted about 2 minutes. Season with fish sauce. Let it simmer until aromatic then add water. Simmer for 1 minute.
  • Add fried fish. Cover and cook for 3 to 5 minutes over medium heat. Flip on the other side to make sure that all sides of fish are immersed in the sauce.
  • Add beaten eggs then season with black pepper. Continue cooking for 2 more minutes and it's done. Serve immediately with rice.

Recipe Notes and Tips:

Other types of fish that can be used are tilapia, Asian sea bass, milkfish or bangus, dalagang bukid, tuna etc. 
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Course : Main Course
Cuisine : Filipino
Keyword : eggs stew, fish stew
Nutrition Facts
Sarciadong Isda
Amount Per Serving
Calories 417 Calories from Fat 270
% Daily Value*
Fat 30g46%
Saturated Fat 21g131%
Cholesterol 176mg59%
Sodium 593mg26%
Potassium 800mg23%
Carbohydrates 8g3%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 32g64%
Vitamin A 1191IU24%
Vitamin C 20mg24%
Calcium 53mg5%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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