Pinangat na Bangus/Milkfish in Tomatoes

I mostly post recipes here that I make. But I realized that a lot of Filipino recipes are quite healthy that I decided I should start eating more of it. One of the household favorites is pinangat na isda. I am not sure what pangat (the root word of pinangat) essentially means, but it is a dish cooked in tomatoes. It tastes like a light version of sinigang (soup in tamarind broth) except that sinigang is usually more sour and soupier.

So what is done is very simple, in a little water, cook the fish along with a handful of tomatoes and onions, with some slices of ginger. Season as well with salt or fish sauce. Then let this simmer gently until the fish is done cooking. Add the vegetables such as water spinach or long beans or radish, and let this cook until done. Then serve with rice.

It is a very healthy dish, very light one too. And this is very versatile and usually works with most kind of local fish we have. It even works on salmon 🙂 And yes, fish heads are a favorite of mine.

PS. Matt will be here by Tuesday. My posts will all be prescheduled while he is here. Boyfriend visit! Yay. 

Fish head, meat, and veggies

Pinangat na Bangus/Milkfish in Tomato Recipe

1 milkfish, deboned (or you may substitute any other fish you prefer, about 1 pound
5 tomatoes, sliced in half
1 onion, quartered
1 thumb ginger, sliced
salt or fish sauce, to taste
1 to 2 cups of vegetables

In a pan, put together first 5 ingredients, plus about a cup of water, and let this simmer gently until the fish is cooked. Taste and adjust seasoning as needed. Add the vegetables and allow to simmer some more. Serve with rice. 🙂


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