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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.

More Filipino recipes to add your menu! 

Tortang Talong
Chicken Sinigang
Pork Belly Bistek
Super Soft Ensaymada

Watch the video on how to make Sarciadong Isda



Sarciadong Isda

Sarciadong Isda is a delicious Filipino dish made of fried fish simmered in tomatoes, garlic, onions and eggs.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Cuisine: Filipino
Keyword: eggs stew, fish stew
Servings: 2 -3 people
Author: Mella

Ingredients

  • 1 small onion sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic chopped
  • 6 plump ripe tomatoes sliced
  • fish sauce to taste
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 400 grams fried fish i used red snapper
  • 2 eggs lightly beaten
  • ground black pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Season fish with salt then fry both sides in a 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 of course.

Notes

Other types of fish that can be used are tilapia, Asian sea bass, milkfish or bangus, dalagang bukid, tuna etc. 
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