Fried Milkfish with Spicy Tamarind Sauce Recipe

Serves/Makes: 4 servings

Ingredients:

  • 2 whole boneless bangus (milkfish) bellies, about 1 3/4 pounds total weight
  • Salt to taste
  • 4 tablespoons corn starch
  • 1 cup vegetable cooking oil
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 4 shallots or 1 large onion
  • 2 stalks lemongrass
  • 2 birds eye chilies
  • 1 tablespoon patis (Filipino fish sauce)
  • 2 tablespoons palm sugar (brown sugar is an okay substitute)
  • 2 tablespoons tamarind paste
  • 1 bell pepper, any color, julienned (optional)
  • Fresh greens to garnish (cilantro, mint and Thai basil are all good choices), chopped
How to cook Fried Milkfish with Spicy Tamarind Sauce:
  • Heat the cooking oil.
  • Rinse the fish. Pat dry with a kitchen towel. Sprinkle with salt. Dredge in starch.
  • Fry until a light crisp golden crust forms. Scoop out and set aside. Keep warm.
  • With a mortar and pestle (or a blender or food processor), process the garlic, shallots (or onion), lemongrass, and chilies to a paste.
  • Pour off the cooking oil from the pan leaving only about two tablespoons.
  • Reheat the cooking oil. Over medium heat, gently cook paste with fish sauce, sugar and tamarind paste until separate from the oil. It’ll take about 10 minutes with occasional stirring.
  • Add the bell pepper, cook for another 30 seconds, taste, adjust the seasonings if needed.
  • Pour the sauce over the fried fish.
  • Garnish with torn greens.
  • Serve the Fried Milkfish with Spicy Tamarind Sauce (Pla Rad Prig) hot with steamed plain rice.
Fried Milkfish with Spicy Tamarind Sauce recipe

Note(s):

Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 20 mins
Total time: 30 mins

The Fried Milkfish with Spicy Tamarind Sauce (Pla Rad Prig) is a very affordable dish. This recipe is delicious, simple, and really easy to cook.


This recipe for Fried Milkfish with Spicy Tamarind Sauce serves/makes: 4 servings

The Fried Fish with Spicy Tamarind Sauce (Pla Rad Prig) 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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