Relyenong Bangus (Stuffed Milkfish) Recipe

Serves/Makes: 4 - 6 servings


  • 1 large whole bangus (milkfish)
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 cup water
  • Cooking oil for deep frying
  • 1 small onion, peeled and chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup frozen green peas, thawed
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 2 tablespoons oyster sauce
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup flour
How to cook Relyenong Bangus (Stuffed Milkfish):
  • Scale fish and remove innards, leaving belly intact. Break the spine near the tail and right below the head. Through the fish neck, a long, thin spatula between the skin and the flesh all the way to the tail. Gently go around the sides of the fish with the spatula to loosen and separate the flesh from the skin. Remove the spatula. Starting from the tail, squeeze and push the flesh out through the neck. Pull the flesh including the big bone out of the fish. a long spoon into the cavity and gently scrape the inside to remove any flesh left, making sure to leave skin and head firm and intact.
  • In a shallow dish, combine the hollowed skin, lemon juice and soy sauce. Marinate in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes.
  • Remove the big bone (spine) from the flesh. In a pot, bring about 1 cup lightly salted water to a boil. Add the fish meat and cook for about 3 - 5 minutes or until color changes. Drain from liquid. Flake and debone fish meat.In a skillet over medium heat, heat oil. Add onions and garlic and cook until limp. Add carrots and cook for 1 - 2 minutes or until tender yet crisp. Add fish meat, green peas and raisins.
  • Cook, stirring occasionally, until heated through. Add oyster sauce and stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Remove from pan.
  • In a large bowl, combine fish mixture and egg. Using a spoon, stuff and fill fish mixture into skin. Sew the head to the body and any openings to prevent the filling from spilling.
  • In a shallow dish, combine flour, salt and pepper to taste. Lightly dredge stuffed fish in flour to coat.
  • In a wide, deep pan over medium heat, heat about 3 inches deep of oil (enough to deep-fry fish fully submerged). Add fish and cook, gently turning on sides as needed, until golden and crisp. Remove from pan and drain on paper towels. Let stand and allow to cool before slicing.
  • Serve the Relyenong Bangus (Stuffed Milkfish) with ketchup.
Relyenong Bangus (Stuffed Milkfish) recipe
Relyenong Bangus (Stuffed Milkfish) recipe


Prep time: 1 hour
Cook time: 30 mins
Total time: 1 hour 30 mins


Relyenong Bangus or Rellenong Bangus (Stuffed Milkfish) is a very special Filipino dish and considered a party dish of sorts. Not because any of the ingredients are prohibitively expensive but because of the amount of work involved in cooking it. Like preparing the vegetables and fish, removing the fish meat leaving the fish skin intact, steaming, de-boning, flaking, marinating, stuffing and frying. In the end, you will satisfied in the yummy taste of milkfish.

The Filipino national fish is milkfish. The milkfish is a national symbol of the Philippines, where it is called bangus. Because milkfish is notorious for being much bonier than other food fish in the country, deboned milkfish, or "boneless bangus", has become popular in stores and markets.
Bangus (milkfish) can be bought in Filipino stores and whitefish, mullet, butterfish or porgy may be substituted.

This recipe for Relyenong Bangus (Stuffed Milkfish) serves/makes: 4 - 6 servings

The Relyenong Bangus (Stuffed Milkfish) recipe is adopted from The Philippine Cookbook.

Main Ingredient: Milkfish (more Milkfish recipes)
Preparation Method: Deep Fried (more Deep Fried recipes)
Cuisine: Filipino (more Filipino recipes)

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