Filipino Fish Cardillo (Cardillong Isda) Recipe

Serves/Makes: 4 servings


  • 4 porgy or perch fillets or steaks, about 6 ounces each
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped garlic
  • 1/3 cup coarsely chopped onions
  • 1 tomato, finely chopped
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup chopped scallions, including the green tops (to garnish)
How to cook Filipino Fish Cardillo (Cardillong Isda):
  • Wash the fish fillets under cold running water and pat the pieces completely dry with paper towels. Sprinkle the fish evenly on all sides with the tablespoon of salt.
  • In a heavy 10- to 12-inch skillet, heat 1 cup of oil over moderate heat until it is hot but not smoking. Add all the fish, arranging the pieces in one layer. Fry for 5 or 6 minutes on each side, or until each piece is crisp and richly browned.
  • With tongs transfer the fish to a plate and drape foil loosely over it to keep it warm. Discard the oil in the skillet.
  • Wash and dry the skillet, and in it heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil until a light haze forms above it. Drop in the garlic and stir for a minute or so until it browns lightly.
  • Then add the onions and, stirring frequently, cook for about 5 minutes until they are soft and transparent but not brown. Watch carefully for any sign of burning and regulate the heat accordingly. Add the tomato and continue to cook for 3 or 4 minutes.
  • Stir in the cup of water and teaspoon of salt and return the fish to the skillet, a piece at a time. Pour in the eggs and stir them gently into the sauce. Cook for a minute or so until the eggs form soft, creamy curds.
  • Sprinkle the top with the scallions and serve at once, directly from the skillet.
Filipino Fish Cardillo (Cardillong Isda) recipe


The Filipino Fish Cardillo (Cardillong Isda) is a very affordable dish. This recipe is delicious, simple, and really easy to cook.


Filipino Fish Cardillo is a dish with fish in tomato and egg sauce.

Porgy, also known as scup, is a lean fish with a coarse texture and delicate flavor, consisting of a large family of fish found in temperate and tropical waters all over the world.

This recipe for Filipino Fish Cardillo (Cardillong Isda) serves/makes: 4 servings

The Filipino Fish Cardillo (Cardillong Isda) recipe and the pictures are adopted from The Our Favorite Fish & Seafood Recipes Cookbook.

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

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