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Sarciadong Isda (Filipino Fish Stew With Tomato Sauce)

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Fish Sarciado

Fish Sarciado

Sarciadong Isda From the Philippines

Sarciado comes from the Spanish word salsa (sauce), and isda is the Tagalog word for fish. Sarciadong isda, then, is a delicious fish stew cooked in a fresh tomato sauce. What makes this recipe unique is the addition of beaten eggs into the dish. There are quite a few Filipino dishes that include beaten eggs, and this is one of them.

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10 min

25 min

35 min

4 servings

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  • 1 fish (whole or cut into 4 pieces), cleaned
  • 4 large tomatoes, diced
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/3 cup scallions, chopped
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 3 small eggs, beaten
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Season the fish on both sides with salt.
  2. Heat oil in a frying pan and fry the fish on both sides until brown. Set aside.
  3. In a separate pan, saute the garlic, onions, and tomatoes in oil for about 2 minutes or until tomatoes are soft.
  4. Add the water and fish sauce and simmer for 1 minute.
  5. Add the fried fish and simmer for 4 minutes, turning the fish halfway through the cooking time.
  6. Pour in the beaten eggs and simmer for 3 more minutes.
  7. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Garnish with chopped scallions before serving.


  • Fish: You can use tilapia, pompano, milkfish (bangus in Tagalog), red snapper, or any fish you want. You can also choose to use fish fillets rather than a whole fish.
  • Tomatoes: To save time, you can substitute canned tomatoes or canned tomato sauce for the fresh tomatoes.
  • Fish sauce and eggs: You can omit the fish sauce and/or the eggs, but it would no longer be an authentic Filipino dish without them.

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