How to Make Sinigang na Salmon Belly Soup: A Filipino Dish

Updated on January 21, 2020
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Learn how to make sinigang na salmon belly, a Filipino-inspired dish.
Learn how to make sinigang na salmon belly, a Filipino-inspired dish. | Source

Sinigang is a popular Filipino soup that is characterized by a savory and sour taste. The sour taste of the dish comes from tamarind. Tamarind is a tropical fruit with sticky, brown, sour pulp that is commonly used in Asian cuisine to flavor both sweet and savory dishes.

I enjoy eating soups, especially during the cold weather of the holiday season. Recently, I decided to cook sinigang na salmon belly (the "na" is used to signal the type of sinigang it is). Salmon belly contains omega 3-fatty acids that are good for our health. Follow my simple recipe to enjoy this hearty meal.

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 25 min
Ready in: 35 min
Yields: 3 to 4 servings
The ingredients for sinigang na salmon belly.
The ingredients for sinigang na salmon belly. | Source


  • 250 grams salmon belly
  • 100 grams water spinach (kangkong)
  • 1 to 1.5 litres water
  • 3 tablespoons tamarind powder (sinigang powder)
  • 2 tablespoons onion, sliced
  • 2 small tomatoes, quartered
  • Salt, to taste
  • Pepper, to taste
  • Cooking oil


For Preparation:

  • 3 large bowls
  • 1 medium bowl
  • 3 small bowls
  • chopping board
  • knife
  • measuring cups

For Cooking:

  • cooking pot
  • ladle


  1. Heat the oil in a pot. Saute the onion and then tomato.
  2. Pour in the water.
  3. Add the salmon belly, tamarind powder, salt, and pepper.
  4. Bring to a boil.
  5. Adjust the seasoning if needed. Add the water spinach stalks.
  6. Turn off the heat. Add the water spinach leaves. Cover the pot. Allow it to cook for at least 1 minute.
  7. Enjoy! This soup is best served during cold weather.
The finished salmon belly recipe.
The finished salmon belly recipe. | Source

Tips and Techniques

  • You may add other vegetables, as well, either instead of or in addition to the water spinach.
  • Replace the salmon belly with any other kind of fish or meat.
  • Add green chilies for a spicy kick.

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    • dredcuan profile imageAUTHOR

      Travel Chef 

      20 months ago from Manila

      Hi Mary,

      I enjoy the taste of sour soups too. I prefer it than ordinary soup. Now, I'm craving for my favorite shrimps! lol

    • aesta1 profile image

      Mary Norton 

      20 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      You made me want for some soups so I went about making some. I only have shrimps in my freezer so I used it and chopped up all the veggies I could find. I like the sour taste of this soup.


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