Bangus Belly Steaks Recipe

Serves/Makes: 4 servings

Ingredients:

  • 4 boneless bangus (milkfish) belly fillets, about 5 to 6 ounces each
  • 4 to 6 cloves of garlic peeled, crushed and coarsely chopped
  • 2 large onions, cut into rings about 1/4 of an inch thick
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 2 cups vegetable cooking oil
  • Juice of 1 calamansi
  • 1/2 cup light soy sauce
  • Salt and freshly grated black pepper to taste
How to cook Bangus Belly Steaks:
  • Pat the bangus belly fillets dry with absorbent kitchen towels. Season lightly with salt and liberally with pepper.
  • Heat about a quarter of a cup of cooking oil in a frying pan.
  • Fry the garlic in the oil just until toasted. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels.
  • Lightly fry the onion rings. (DO NOT OVERCOOK.) About a minute in the hot oil is enough.
  • Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels.
  • Pour the rest of the cooking oil into the pan and heat until it starts to smoke.
  • Dredge the fish in flour, shaking off the excess. Over medium-high heat, fry the fish (2 at a time so as not to overcrowd the pan) until lightly crisp and golden. Flip halfway through cooking to brown both sides evenly.
  • Drain on paper towels then arrange in an oven proof baking dish (overlapping is fine but not one on top of the other). Arrange the onion rings on top.
  • Mix together the calamansi juice and soy sauce and pour over the fish and onion rings.
  • Bake in a preheated 340°F (170°C) oven for 7 to 8 minutes. Remove from the oven, tilt the baking dish lightly, scoop the sauce with a spoon and pour over the fish and onions. Do this about 5 times.
  • Sprinkle the toasted garlic on top before serving.
  • Serve the Bangus Belly Steaks hot with steamed white rice.
Bangus Belly Steaks recipe

Notes:

TheBangus Belly Steaks recipe very simple to cook and very tasty too!

Comments:

Most Filipinos call this dish “bangus a la pobre”. It’s seasoned and fried boneless bangus (milkfish) fillets served with a little sauce, lots of onion rings and toasted garlic bits. It’s prepared in basically the same way as the traditional bistek (Filipino beef steak) except for the garlic bits. That might make it sound ordinary but, believe me, this dish is such a scene-stealer.

This recipe for Bangus Belly Steaks serves/makes: 4 servings

The Bangus Belly Steaks recipe and the pictures are adopted from The Philippine Cookbook.

Main Ingredient: Milkfish (more Milkfish recipes)
Preparation Method: Pan Fried/Sauteed (more Pan Fried/Sauteed recipes)
Cuisine: Filipino (more Filipino recipes)

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