Filipino Mudfish Stew (Pesang Dalag) Recipe

Serves/Makes: 4


  • 1 pound mudfish (dalag) fillets or steaks
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons cooking oil
  • 1 piece fresh ginger root, peeled and sliced into julienne strips
  • 1 small onion, quartered
  • 3 cups water
  • 10 peppercorns, crushed
  • 1/2 cup leeks or scallions, sliced
  • 1 cabbage, quartered
  • 1 bunch Chinese lettuce, cut into 3-inch pieces
  • Salt or patis (fish sauce) and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • Misu-Tomato Sauce (see the recipe below)
How to cook Filipino Mudfish Stew (Pesang Dalag):
  • Season the fish fillets with salt.
  • In a medium saucepan, heat oil and saute ginger and onion.
  • When onion turns transparent, add water and peppercorns. Bring to a boil. Add the fish.
  • Bring to a quick second boil. Turn off heat.
  • Add leeks or scallions, cabbage and Chinese lettuce.
  • Season with patis or salt and pepper to taste.
  • Serve the mudfish stew hot with misu-tomato sauce.

Misu-Tomato Sauce Recipe

Misu-Tomato Sauce Ingredients:
  • 1 teaspoon cooking oil
  • 1 teaspoon finely minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup finely minced ripe tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons salted bean paste (misu)
  • 1/2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
How to cook Misu-Tomato Sauce:
  • In a small skillet, heat oil and saute garlic until light brown, then onion until transparent and tomatoes until soft.
  • Add bean paste. Mix and mash the whole mixture with a fork.
  • Add vinegar and pepper.
  • Bring to a boil.
Filipino Mudfish Stew (Pesang Dalag) recipe


Instead of dalag, you may choose tilapia or grouper for this recipe.


The Filipino name for the Mudfish Stew is Pesang Dalag.
Mudfish (dalag) also known as: blackfish, grindle, cypress bass, or bowfin.

This recipe for Filipino Mudfish Stew (Pesang Dalag) serves/makes: 4

The Filipino Mudfish Stew (Pesang Dalag) recipe is adopted from The Philippine Cookbook by Reynaldo Alejandro.

Main Ingredient: Mudfish/Dalag (more Mudfish/Dalag recipes)
Preparation Method: Soup/Stew (more Soup/Stew recipes)
Cuisine: Filipino (more Filipino recipes)

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