Bangus Paksiw (Milkfish in Vinegar Stew)

Bangus Paksiw (Milkfish in Vinegar Stew)Milkfish, or “bangus” is the national fish of the Philippines. Despite being a bony fish, its distinct flavor makes it a favorite fish among Filipinos. Rich in polyunsaturated fatty acids, also known as omega-3, it is an important part of a healthy diet.

I personally love fish especially bangus. Growing up in a coastal town, I ate fish everyday. My favorite way of cooking fish is “inun-unan” or fish stewed in a concoction of vinegar, water, garlic, and spices. The Tagalog term for “inun-unan” is “paksiw“, which is easier to say and spell by the way so we’ll stick with the word.

Paksiw na bangus” or simply “bangus paksiw” is a beloved Filipino fish dish. In cooking paksiw, the milkfish is cut into serving pieces bone-in. The rest of the ingredients are thrown into the pot and allowed to boil then simmered until the liquid reduces and the flavors from the fish, vinegar, and spices wonderfully combine. I often add some peppers, sliced eggplants, okra, or bitter melon into the pot to give the dish an additional boost of flavor. Pair it with white boiled rice and vegetables on the side and I’m one happy gal! If you love fish and haven’t tried fish paksiw yet, I encourage you to try this recipe. I’d like to remind you though that milkfish has a lot of bones, so exercise caution when eating.

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: 45 minutes

Yields: 8-9 slices

Ingredients:Bangus Paksiw (Milkfish in Vinegar Stew) 02
2 lbs milkfish (bangus), cleaned and cut into serving pieces
½ cup distilled white vinegar
2 cups water
1 small onion, coarsely chopped
4 large cloves of garlic, crushed
thumb-size ginger, peeled and sliced thinly
¼ lb okra (optional)
1 tsp salt
¼ tsp ground black pepper

Tools You’ll Need:
Knife
Cutting board
5-quart cooking pot with lid

Procedure:
1. On the bottom of a large cooking pot, arrange garlic, onions, ginger, and Thai chilis.Bangus Paksiw (Milkfish in Vinegar Stew) 03
2. Arrange fish slices in one single layer.Bangus Paksiw (Milkfish in Vinegar Stew) 04
3. Season with salt and pepper.Bangus Paksiw (Milkfish in Vinegar Stew) 05
4. Then add vinegar and water. (Note: depending on the pot you are going to use, make sure that the liquid reaches all the way up to 3/4 depth of the fish to ensure thorough cooking)Bangus Paksiw (Milkfish in Vinegar Stew) 06 Bangus Paksiw (Milkfish in Vinegar Stew) 07
5. Place okra along the sides of the fish where it will have contact with the water-vinegar mixture.Bangus Paksiw (Milkfish in Vinegar Stew) 08 Bangus Paksiw (Milkfish in Vinegar Stew) 09
6. Cover pot and bring to a boil over high heat.Bangus Paksiw (Milkfish in Vinegar Stew) 10
7. Once it starts boiling, turn down heat to medium low and put the lid back on. Simmer for 45 minutes or until the liquid has reduced.Bangus Paksiw (Milkfish in Vinegar Stew) 11 Bangus Paksiw (Milkfish in Vinegar Stew) 12
8. Allow to sit for a little bit before serving. Best eaten with warm, boiled, white rice.Bangus Paksiw (Milkfish in Vinegar Stew) 13

Bangus Paksiw (Milkfish in Vinegar Stew)
 
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Recipe type: Side Dish
Cuisine: Filipino
Serves: 8-9 pieces
Ingredients
  • 2 lbs milkfish (bangus), cleaned and cut into serving pieces
  • ½ cup distilled white vinegar
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 small onion, coarsely chopped
  • 4 large cloves of garlic, crushed
  • thumb-size ginger, peeled and sliced thinly
  • ¼ lb okra (optional)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp ground black pepper
Instructions
  1. On the bottom of a large cooking pot, arrange garlic, onions, ginger, and Thai chilis.
  2. Arrange fish slices in one single layer.
  3. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Then add vinegar and water. (Note: depending on the pot you are going to use, make sure that the liquid reaches all the way up to ¾ depth of the fish to ensure thorough cooking)
  5. Place okra along the sides of the fish where it will have contact with the water-vinegar mixture.
  6. Cover pot and bring to a boil over high heat.
  7. Once it starts boiling, turn down heat to medium low and put the lid back on. Simmer for 45 minutes or until the liquid has reduced.
  8. Allow to sit for a little bit before serving. Best eaten with warm, boiled, white rice.

 

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  1. joy June 10, 2015
    • Mia June 13, 2015