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How to Cook Mixed Vegetable and Fried Fish Stew

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How to cook mixed vegetable and fried fish stew.

How to cook mixed vegetable and fried fish stew.

This vegetable medley of lima beans, string beans, snow peas, and pumpkin flowers with fried fish is cooked with fermented fish sauce. Fermented fish sauce, made from salted fish that is fermented for months or even years, is a common seasoning in Asian cuisine. This particular recipe is an Ilocano dish from the Philippines.

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

5 min

20 min

25 min

2 servings

Some of the ingredients for this Ilocano recipe.

Some of the ingredients for this Ilocano recipe.


  • 1 fish fillet, cut in half; any kind
  • 50 grams pumpkin flowers
  • 50 grams lima beans
  • 50 grams string beans
  • 50 grams snow peas
  • fish sauce, to taste
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste
  • water
  • oil, for frying


For Preparation:

  • 1 large plate
  • 3 medium bowl
  • chopping board
  • knife

For Cooking:

  • frying pan
  • tongs
  • wok
  • cooking spoon


  1. Heat oil in a pan. Fry the fish until it is golden brown. Set aside.
  2. In a pot, bring water to boil.
  3. Add lima beans, string beans, and snow peas. Season with fermented fish sauce, salt, and pepper.
  4. Once all the vegetables are cooked, add pumpkin flowers.
  5. Add fried fish. Adjust the seasoning if needed.
  6. Serve with steamed rice.
Frying the fish.

Frying the fish.

Tips and Techniques

  • Other vegetables may be substituted or added.
  • Any type of fish fillet will work for this stew.
  • The fermented fish sauce may be omitted, if desired.
Mixed vegetable and fried fish stew.

Mixed vegetable and fried fish stew.

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