Fried Fish with Tamarind Sauce

Fried Fish with Tamarind Sauce

Help! I’m drowning in work, household chores, and laundry. Thank God  for my little helpers and my big one (peanutbutter), in the middle of January, we somehow, finally, managed to be able to put away the Christmas decors at home. It took us half a day including the sweeping, mopping, and dusting but the house couldn’t have been cleaner.

We have no househelp and with the rate that these two are making a mess plus the dust and everything — our house is in desperate need of one. Oh but we’ll manage — I’m sure we will — the crazy bunch that we are.

Twinkle is finally learning to smile in photos being the sungit-shy kid that she is. Thanks to ate Ykaie, when she sees her smiling , she imitates her and she smiles too.

Fried Fish with Tamarind Sauce

Enough about that, let’s now talk about our lunch the other day which this Fried Fish with Tamarind Sauce ( or Pla Rad Prik). We’ve first had this dish when we ate at a Thai restaurant. We loved it so much that I thought about replicating it at home. Now, it may look a little intimidating but really, there are two steps into cooking this dish and that is frying the fish and making the sauce. And both are so easy to do.

First up is making the sauce.To make it, you only need to combine tamarind purée, water, brown sugar, soy sauce, and a little fish sauce and simmer it until it thickens. If you don’t have tamarind purée, you can also use 1 tbsp sinigang mix but you might need to adjust the meausrement of the water and sugar. Next is shallow frying the Talakitok in hot oil. If Talakitok is not available, you may use other meaty fish like lapu-lapu or pompano. Whatever fish you choose, make sure to fry it until it’s golden brown.

To serve, just garnish with julienned green mangoes, chopped cilantro, and chopped tomato then drizzle it with tamarind sauce. Make sure you serve extra tamarind sauce on the side because it’s so good with rice.

I’ll try this with chili next time…



Fried Fish with Tamarind Sauce

  • Author: Peachy Adarne


  • 1 large Talakitok Fish (Bigeye Jack or Dusky Jack)
  • salt and pepper
  • oil for frying
  • green mango, julliened
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 tomato, chopped

tamarind sauce

  • 1/4 cup tamarind puree
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 3 tbsp water
  • fish sauce to taste (around 1 tsp)


  1. Make the Tamarind Sauce: Combine all the ingredients in a sauce pan and mix well. Whisk it over medium heat. Bring it to a boil and simmer until sauce thickens a little. Set aside.
  2. Heat oil in a wok or frying pan. Season the fish with salt and pepper.When oil is hot, shallow fry the Talkitok until it’s golden brown on both sides.
  3. To serve: Put the fried Talakitok on a large plate. Garnish with julienned green mangoes, chopped cilantro, and chopped tomatoes. Drizzle with tamarind sauce and serve some extra sauce on the side.
  4. Enjoy with steaming hot rice.

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17 Responses

  1. yey! thanks for the recipe mommy, ss done. hahaha.. pg nakaluto q nito feeling nasa thailand ndin aq. ???

  2. This fried fish looks absolutely delicious. I will definitely have to try this recipe out for dinner soon. I know my family will love it.

  3. Ahh, so healthy and yummy! WE are trying to eat less port these days so I think this is one perfect dish for us to try!

  4. Reminds me of many Asian recipes for fish I have seen. I would love to try this out. Does look very delicious although not sure my daughter would like it though.

  5. This looks like a good recipe to try. The fish looks like it is decorated so well. I wish I was good at things like this

  6. Ang Tata ko mahilig sa tamarind sauce for grilled hito …this is one recipe that he would surely love

  7. Gaganahan ako kumain kapag ganito ang ulam. Basta may sawsawan na maanghang. Tapos may mga kamatis pa at bawang.

  8. Mas pinasarap ang fried fish with yamarind sauce. Saraaaapppp naman ma

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Hi, Peachy here!

I'm a foodie mommy living in the Philippines. I'm a mom to two daughters named PURPLE SKYE and PERIWINKLE MOONE and wife to a loving husband I fondly call peanutbutter♥. I am a foodie by heart, a coffee lover and a froyo and yogurt junkie. Learn more →






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