Pinaputok Na Tilapia Filipino Recipe

Pinaputok na Tilapia recipe is a kind of Filipino fish recipe wherein the fish (tilapia) is stuffed with mixture of tomato and onion (some considers adding ginger). The name of this dish came from the way of how the fish is prepared; stuffing with diced onions and tomatoes up to a certain point wherein the fish cavity is close to its bursting (pinaputok) state.

Pinaputok Na Tilapia can be cooked and prepared in many ways. Common ways of making this dish are via grilling, baking and frying. At this recipe of ours, we will do the frying way of cooking.

Filipino Dish - Pinaputok na Tilapia

Pinaputok Na Tilapia Ingredients: 

* 1 large tilapia

* 4 pcs of medium sized tomatoes, diced

* 2 pcs of medium sized onions, chopped

* suitable amount of ground pepper

* small amount of salt

For the dip/sauce:

* 5 Tbsp soy sauce

* 5 Tbsp kalamansi juice

* 2 Tbsp brown sugar

* 2 red chili pepper, sliced

Pinaputok na Tilapia Cooking Instruction:

1). Remove the scale of tilapia. Clean it and pat it dry.

2). Put slits on each side of the fish.

3). Rub and sprinkle both sides of the fish including the stomach with the small amount of salt and pepper. Set aside.

4). Put in the chopped onions and tomatoes in a bowl and mix them up. Season it with salt and pepper to taste.

5). In a sheet of aluminum foil (enough to cover the whole fish), lay down the tilapia and put (stuff it with) tomatoes and onion mixture in the stomach part of it, at both sides of the fish (where the slits are made).

6). Wrap tilapia tightly with the foil.

7). Fry tilapia for 4-5 minutes. Enjoy!

Serve your pinaputok na tilapia along side with your created dip or sauce.

Pinaputok Na Tilapia Filipino dish is best served with steamed rice or even as a pulutan (for beer/alcohol drinkers).

Pinaputok Na Tilapia Image By Ramon FVelasquez [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons. Image may vary from the end result of this recipe.

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48 thoughts on “Pinaputok Na Tilapia Filipino Recipe

  1. Raine Pal

    When I am still living in Sto. Cristo, Bulacan ito lagi naming ulam. That is why I miss eating this kind of fish here in Davao. Madalang lang kasi sa Davao ito. Hope makakain ako ulet ng Tilapia at ganito ang lulutuin ko ..PINAPUTOK.

  2. Bless

    I still have to try cooking this. I saw one episode of Kris TV and Coco Martin was the guest. He made this pinaputok na tilapia and it sure did looked great. Very Pinoy dish πŸ™‚

  3. Nice

    if there is what is we call Family fish, Tilapia it is! the entire family just love it in whatever way it will be prepared! maybe i can ask my dad to prepare pinaputok for dinner tonight and share this recipe… thanks!

  4. che

    I love tilapia even if it's only fried especially dipped in fish sauce with calamansi. Good thing tilapia is available here but a little pricey.

  5. mum eats

    i think i still have a piece or two of tilapia in the fridge waiting to be cooked. i might have all the ingredients you've mentioned since they are my usual pantry staples. i will try this recipe soon + will let you know how it goes, thanks for sharing! πŸ˜‰

  6. Michelle

    Tilapia alone is already a favorite. More so, if it's Pinaputok na Tilapia. I tried this dish the first time at work years ago and since then, every lunchbreak, I would order Pinaputok na Tilapia πŸ™‚

  7. promding chamimay

    no pic of the cooked pinaputok na tilapia?? hehehe thanks for sharing this sir ron, will definitely try, specially now that the tilapias in our fishpond are bigger than ever!!! hehehe πŸ˜€ excited!!! this will definitely be part of our christmas menu! πŸ˜€

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