Newspaper Wrap Grilled Galunggong Recipe

Serves/Makes: 2 servings


  • 2 large galunggong fish (mackerel scad)
  • 1 large piece of ginger root julienned
  • 1 small onion sliced thinly
  • 1 finger pepper, cut in half
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed
  • 2 tablespoons corn oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon MSG
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons white vinegar
  • About 20 pages of newspaper
  • Aluminum foil
How to cook Newspaper Wrap Grilled Galunggong:
  • Heat grill prior to cooking.
  • Make two large sheets of aluminum (double sheet each) foil and place fish inside.
  • Season it with vinegar, salt, msg, oil, ground black pepper, and top it with ginger root, onions, finger pepper, and garlic. Wrap and seal the aluminum foil. Poke a few small holes on top of the aluminum foil for the steam to escape.
  • Soak newspaper in water until it is totally wet and then wrap it around the aluminum foil containing the fish.
  • Place directly over the heat and let it cook for 25 minutes turning it halfway through. Remove the fish from the wrapping and place on a serving plate.
  • Serve the Grilled Galunggong with Serve with white steamed rice, fresh tomatoes, onions and don’t forget the garlic flavored vinegar dipping sauce.
Newspaper Wrap Grilled Galunggong recipe


The Newspaper Wrap Grilled Galunggong recipe easy to cook and so good!


Spray Pam on the aluminum foil to prevent the fish from sticking to it.

Keep the newspaper wet throughout the whole cooking process. This will prevent drying and burning the fish.

You can use a wide variety of fish for this dish including salmon. (If you do use salmon, you can use lemon juice instead of vinegar.)


The newspaper idea is so the fish would not get burnt and would keep it moist throughout the cooking process.
The other twist is on one of the most common ways of cooking fish in the Philippines, Paksiw, except this version is grilled with the common ingredients found in Paksiw na Isda. The newspaper will keep the fish moist and from burning and aluminum foil also uses in this recipe, that will seal in the rich sour flavor you would expect from this well-known dish.

This recipe for Newspaper Wrap Grilled Galunggong serves/makes: 2 servings

The Newspaper Wrap Grilled Galunggong recipe and the pictures are adopted from The Philippine Cookbook by Reynaldo Alejandro.

Main Ingredient: Mackerel (more Mackerel recipes)
Preparation Method: Broiled/Grilled (more Broiled/Grilled recipes)
Cuisine: Filipino (more Filipino recipes)

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