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Paksiw na Isda

  • Author: Raymund
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 35 mins
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Category: Main Course
  • Cuisine: Filipino


Paksiw na Isda is a type of Filipino dish where fish is poached in vinegar seasoned with fish sauce and finger chillies. The name of the dish is derived from the word “paksiw” which is a cooking method where meat or seafood is simmered in vinegar hence you will see this term not only used on fish but also pork.


  • 800g any type fish (works well with milkfish), if large fish is used cut into 1.5 inch thick pieces
  • 1/2 thumb sized ginger, thinly sliced and pounded
  • 3/4 cup vinegar
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 eggplants, sliced
  • 5 pcs green finger chillies
  • 4 pcs bay leaves
  • 1/2 tbsp whole peppercorns
  • fish sauce
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 6 cloves garlic, pounded


  1. In a pot mix together vinegar, water, fish sauce, garlic, ginger and peppercorn. Bring to a boil.
  2. While boiling add fish, eggplant, finger chillies, bay leaves and onion. Cover pot then put heat in medium then simmer for 15 minutes.
  3. Serve with hot rice.