How to Cook Paksiw na Hiwas: A Filipino-Inspired Dish

Updated on December 9, 2019
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Learn how to prepare paksiw na hiwas at home.
Learn how to prepare paksiw na hiwas at home. | Source

What Is Paksiw? What Is Hiwas?

Paksiw is a Filipino cooking technique wherein fish is simmered in vinegar, resulting in a tangy broth. Other spices are often added to make it more flavorful.

Hiwas, known in English as moonfish or opah, is a popular disk-shaped fish in the Philippines.

I added vegetables in my paksiw na hiwas recipe to make it a complete and healthy meal.

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Paksiw na hiwasIngredientsFish in vinegar recipe
Paksiw na hiwas
Paksiw na hiwas | Source
Ingredients | Source
Fish in vinegar recipe
Fish in vinegar recipe | Source


  • 500 grams hiwas (moon fish or opah), cleaned and cut in half
  • 100 grams eggplant, sliced
  • 50 grams ladies finger, sliced
  • 50 grams snow peas, snapped in half
  • 50 grams string beans, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 50 grams winged beans, snapped in half
  • 2 tomatos, sliced
  • 2 scallions, chopped
  • 2 long green chilis
  • 1 inch ginger, sliced
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup vinegar
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste


For Preparation:

  • 3 large bowl
  • 2 medium bowl
  • chopping board
  • knife

For Cooking:

  • pot
  • cooking spoon

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 25 min
Ready in: 35 min
Yields: 2 to 3 servings


  1. Arrange the fish in the pan.
  2. Pour in vinegar, water, and other spices.
  3. Cover and simmer until fish is almost cooked.
  4. Add the vegetables on top. Cover the pan.
  5. Continue to simmer until the fish and vegetables are well cooked.
paksiw na isda recipe
paksiw na isda recipe | Source

Tips and Techniques

  1. This recipe is very versatile. You can add any vegetables that are available.
  2. Omit the long green chilis, if you don't like them.
  3. Try adjusting the amount of vinegar. Different amounts of vinegar yield a different resutls.
  4. If moonfish is not available, you may substitute another kind of fish.
  5. Avoid using an aluminum pan when cooking with vinegar. Vinegar is acidic, which may cause an aluminum pan to corrode.

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    • dredcuan profile imageAUTHOR

      Travel Chef 

      11 months ago from Manila

      Hi Liz,

      Most ingredients included in my recipes are usually found in tropical places in US or mostly in Asian countries. But you can also use any other types of fish for every recipe.

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      Liz Westwood 

      11 months ago from UK

      As I read your recipes I am amazed at the wide variety of food you can access, many of which I am unfamiliar with.


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