Daing na Bangus

Daing is a term used in Filipino cusine where a fish is prepared by applying generous amount of salt and sun-dryring or simply marinated in a vinegar marinade with lots of garlic.  Daing na Bangus is one of the many ways the fish bangus (milkfish) is prepared, other popular ones are in sinigang na isda, paksiw na isda and Spanish style sardines. This is one delicacy Filipinos overseas are always craving for as it is hard to find milk fish outside of South East Asia and if there are it will be seasonal and frozen. Now for those desperate, you can use other types of fish and the best replacement I tried is the mullet, it nearly looks the same, it tastes the same, including the belly but less bones.

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Daing na Bangus 3

Daing na Bangus

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  • Author: Raymund
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 25 mins
  • Yield: 3 1x
  • Category: Main Course
  • Cuisine: Filipino


  • 23 pcs medium milkfish (skin on), butterflied
  • 2 small whole garlic, pounded with skin on
  • 1 tsp roughly ground black pepper
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cups coconut vinegar or cane vinegar
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 3 pcs dried bay leaves


  1. Mix all ingredients except for the fish in a bowl.
  2. Place fish in a wide shallow pan and pour the vinegar marinade. Make sure that the fish is covered well with the marinade. Cover the pan and marinate for at least 24 hrs.
  3. Before cooking, drain fish thoroughly in a wire rack (it’s better if you sun dry it for 6 hrs.), you can also use serviettes to pat dry the fish.
  4. Once dry you can start to fry in medium heat uncovered for around 4-5 minutes on each side or until golden brown.


To make it even crispy, you can sun dry the fish for 6 hours before pan frying



21 Responses

  1. I think this is so crunchy? love it

  2. Cherrey says:

    with pulang itlog, perfect!

  3. nors says:

    Ulam namin kahapon to ha… Daingsilog naman sakin…

  4. ceciliag says:

    these look fantastic, are you able to find all these ingredients in NZ?.. c

  5. This is a new discovery and sure when I see the dipping sauce, I knew at once my type of fish recipe.

  6. Kristy says:

    I like the sound of vinegar and garlic with fish. I’ve never tried that before. I’ll have to keep my eyes open for milk fish or mullet. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen either.

  7. Eri says:

    Wow back in Greece we also have sudried fish but we live them way longer period in the sun. I love this recipe, I have all the ingredients, but I’ll have to wait for some sun!

  8. This is the first time I’ve ever heard of milkfish. Just never heard of it. But it certainly looks good

  9. Wow this looks absolutely perfect!!!
    I have not tried milkfish yet but will for sure look out for.

  10. k.m. says:

    I can’t wait to try this, it’s a new way of cooking fish for me! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  11. meri says:

    Hmmm, I’ve never heard of milkfish OR mullet- around here, a mullet is a haircut haha!

  12. PolaM says:

    I had milkfish once here in the US at a filippino restaurant and it was definitely the best dish I had there!

  13. Henry says:

    Perfect for Pinoy breakfast!

  14. This is a very new dish to me and looks amazing!

  15. never had daing bangus yet. ever. i like cooking daing with tomatoes. yum yum

  16. Simply Tia says:

    I would love this. Any type of fried fish I would love. My favorite is a fish we call Kingfish. Yummy!

  17. Jazz Travis says:

    Awesome daing na bangus recipe! This would be perfect to cook for the weekends in our backyard.

  18. JR Tamayo says:

    the other way of cooking bangus other than daing na bangus that I like is paksiw. Both are delicious

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