Sweet and Sour Tilapia Recipe

February 26, 2011 (Last Updated: August 18, 2013)

Learn how to cook Sweet and Sour Tilapia or Tilapia Escabeche

Sweet and Sour Tilapia Recipe or Tialpia Escabeche is a Filipino dish made by frying any kind of meaty fish, and topping with sweet and sour sauce with vegetables while Tilapia is a popular cooking fish in the Philippines. This Filipino Sweet and Sour Tilapia dish is a bit different than the traditional Chinese sweet and sour fish dish.

sweet and sour tilapia recipe


Sweet and Sour Tilapia Ingredients

  • 2 large whole tilapia fish
  • 1 medium chopped white onion
  • 1 thinly sliced carrot
  • 1/2 can pineapple chunk, reserve juice
  • 1 thinly sliced red bell pepper
  • Cilantro, divided, with leaves and stems, for garnish
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Black pepper to taste
  • 5 cups cooking oil

Sweet and Sour Tilapia Cooking Instructions:

  • Deep fry tilapia fish until golden brown and crisp. Drain tilapia on paper towel and place on a platter. Set aside.
  • Sauté garlic and onion until fragrant with the oil used for frying fish or use new, if desired.
  • Add carrot and pineapple chunks. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes over medium heat.
  • Pour in pineapple juice, soy sauce, water, flour, salt and sugar. Cover, simmer until thickens.
  • Add bell pepper. Again, cover and simmer for 1 minute.
  • Slowly pour the sauce mixture over fried tilapia. Top tilapia and sauce with fresh cilantro.
  • Serve with rice and enjoy Filipino Sweet and Sour Tilapia hot.

sweet and sour tilapia recipe

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    March 5, 2011 at 10:13 pm

    Maraming-maraming salamat po s libreng Pilipino Recipe. Malaking tulong po ito para s tulad ko n mahilig magluto para s mga MAHAL ko s buhay. God bless po!

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