Sweet and Sour Fish

Here at home, our go-to meal would be fried fish – mainly milkfish (bangus), tilapia, or catfish (hito) paired with fried eggplant or boiled okra. But sometimes eating the same meal several times a week is kinda boring ^__^ It’s nice to have something new to add to everyday meals, so here’s something to do to spice up our trusty fried fish ^__^

Ingredients for sweet and sour fish

Ingredients for sweet and sour fish

¼ cup cooking oil ½ tbsp fish sauce, or salt
1 kg Tilapia (~5-6 pcs), or any fish 6 cups water
2 pcs onion, sliced into strips ½ cup brown sugar
1 knob ginger, julienned ½ cup white vinegar
4 pcs garlic, crushed 1 medium pouch (200 g) tomato sauce
2 pcs medium sized carrots, julienned 1 small pouch (115 g) pineapple chunks/tidbits
3 pcs small bell pepper, cut into strips 4 tbsp cornstarch (thickener)


  1. Season fish with a little salt then fry until it’s golden brown. Drain, and then set aside.
  2. Sautee onion, ginger, and garlic. Add half a tablespoon of fish sauce.
  3. Next, add in carrots and sautee for 2 more minutes.
  4. Add in bell pepper and sautee for a minute.
  5. Next add in water and brown sugar. Simmer for 5 minutes.
  6. Add in pineapple juice from the tidbits, vinegar, and tomato sauce.

TIP: You can use pineapple juice as substitute to white vinegar! Just cut down on the sugar because pineapple juice is already sweet 🙂

  1. Dissolve cornstarch in half cup water then add to the sauce. Wait for it to boil and thicken.
  2. Now that the sauce is done, add in fried fish and pineapple chunks. Simmer for 2 minutes then you’re done! 🙂


  1. Some people would prefer the fish to be crispy: so instead of simmering fried fish with the sweet and sour sauce, plate your fried fish then pour in the sauce just before eating 😀
  2. You can also use tomato paste instead of tomato sauce, just remember that you have to use a fewer amount because paste is more concentrated ^^
  3. If you don’t have fish sauce on hand, you can always use salt.
  4. Lastly, for added color you can use green bell peppers 🙂

Sweet and sour tilapia


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