Pinaputok na Tilapia Recipe

You know what we love about our very own cuisine? It is how we are able to bring a rich flavor into something that is subtle but delectable too. The Filipino cuisine is known for its bursting-with-flavor characteristic. We undeniably have a thing for condiments and spices when it comes to cooking and of course, eating. As that is the case, today we are bringing you Pinaputok na Tilapia, another Filipino classic dish that highlights how innovative and creative Pinoys could when it comes to making a popping dish even more popping!

Tilapia is one of the many go-to fish of a lot of Filipino families because not only is it possible to make a variety of dishes from it, but also it is easy to deal with in the kitchen and its freshness brings an undeniable yumminess and hominess in every mouthful! There are a lot of yummy possibilities wihen it comes to cooking Tilapia – it could be fried, it could be of soup, it could saucy, and honestly, those are just the tip of the iceberg. With its subtle deliciousness, Filipinos have came up with a ton of ways to make it even more flavorful and as we have said, that is why we are here today.

Pinaputok na Tilapia is no new recipe, that’s for sure. In fact, we have grown up to eating this from time to time as tilapia is surely a dependable fish choice. Pinaputok na Tilapia is a recipe in which you will be slicing the tilapia and then stuffing it to the brim with different ingredients such as tomatoes, onions, and ginger. Why is it called Pinaputok na Tilapia when you are going to stuff it? It is because after frying or baking it, the stuffed tilapia will be looking like its stuffing “exploded” or “bursted”, which are two words that mean “pinaputok” in Filipino. With that, regardless if you are going to fry it or bake it, you will end up with something oozing with flavor – or bursting with flavor, we dare say.

Pinaputok na Tilapia Recipe

Excited to try your hand in making a Pinaputok na Tilapia? This is your chance to make one! Below is a step-by-step process how we exactly stuffed and cooked ours so make sure to read it up. If you are more into seeing how it is done, then fret not, because we also got a recipe video for you below. No doubt, you are going to enjoy making this recipe and then eating it right after, of course.

Ingredients:
 5 Tilapia
 2 stalks of scallions, sliced
 4 tomatoes, sliced thickly
 1 onion, sliced thickly
For Tilapia filling:
 6 tomatoes, medium sliced
 1 onion, minced
 2 stalks of leeks, minced
 5 tsp gingers, minced
 1 tsp ground black pepper
 1 tbsp salt
For Dipping Sauce:
 10 calamansi
 3 green chillies
 5 red chillies
 3 tbsp soy sauce
 ½ tsp ground black pepper

Directions:
1

Season Tilapia with salt and pepper.

2

Torch banana leaves to make it pliable. Brush banana leaves with melted butter.

For making the Tilapia filling:
3

In bowl, combine tomatoes. leeks, onion, ginger, ground black pepper and salt. Mix well.

4

Stuff Tilapia with the filling or mixture.

5

Place slices of tomatoes. onion and scallions on both sides of Tilapia. Wrap it with banana leaves.

6

Tie both sides and in the middle to secure the fish.

7

Fry both sides for 6-8 minutes. Unwrap Tilapia and serve in a plate.

8

Dip in the dipping sauce and enjoy!

Ingredients

Ingredients:
 5 Tilapia
 2 stalks of scallions, sliced
 4 tomatoes, sliced thickly
 1 onion, sliced thickly
For Tilapia filling:
 6 tomatoes, medium sliced
 1 onion, minced
 2 stalks of leeks, minced
 5 tsp gingers, minced
 1 tsp ground black pepper
 1 tbsp salt
For Dipping Sauce:
 10 calamansi
 3 green chillies
 5 red chillies
 3 tbsp soy sauce
 ½ tsp ground black pepper

Directions

Directions:
1

Season Tilapia with salt and pepper.

2

Torch banana leaves to make it pliable. Brush banana leaves with melted butter.

For making the Tilapia filling:
3

In bowl, combine tomatoes. leeks, onion, ginger, ground black pepper and salt. Mix well.

4

Stuff Tilapia with the filling or mixture.

5

Place slices of tomatoes. onion and scallions on both sides of Tilapia. Wrap it with banana leaves.

6

Tie both sides and in the middle to secure the fish.

7

Fry both sides for 6-8 minutes. Unwrap Tilapia and serve in a plate.

8

Dip in the dipping sauce and enjoy!

Pinaputok na Tilapia Recipe

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