- 1 medium tilapia, cleaned and scales removed
- 1 medium unripe tomato, Diced
- 1 small yellow onion, chopped
- 1 teaspoon minced ginger
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Margarine (Optional)
Pinaputok na Tilapia Recipe
Pinaputok na Tilapia is a Filipino Recipe wherein Tilapia is stuffed with a generous amount of tomatoes, onions, and ginger up to the maximum point that the cavity of the fish can handle. The term “pinaputok” is a Filipino word for explode or burst. It was used to describe the state wherein the fish can handle so much stuffing to the point of bursting.
There are many ways to make Pinaputok na Tilapia and there are different Pinaputok na Tilapia Recipe variations. Some involves grilling while other recipes recommend baking. Just so you know, we cooking the Tilapia in this recipe the old fashion way (frying).
This Pinaputok na Tilapia recipe is very easy to prepare. However, do not be so complacent. Safety is very important when cooking. Make sure that you wear apron and pot holder during cooking as we will be cooking this with high temperature and with oil. It is good to enjoy your meal without injuries. Happy cooking!
How to Cook Pinaputok na Tilapia
- Make about 2 to 3 slits on each side of the tilapia deep enough to reach the bones.
- Rub about 1 teaspoon of salt per side. Let the fish absorb the flavor for about 15 minutes.
- Combine the tomato, onion, ginger, salt, and ground black pepper in a medium bowl. Mix well.
- Scoop the tomato and onion mixture and stuff inside the cavity of the tilapia. Try to stuff all the mixture, if possible. Note that the tilapia should have a cut under the body due to removal of the innards.
- Wrap the tilapia in an aluminum foil or Dahon ng Saging. Make sure that everything is covered.
- Preheat oil enough to deep fry atleast half of the tilapia
- Put the tilapia on the pan for 20 minutes or until cook. Cooking time may depend on the size, thickness of Tilapia.
- Remove the tilapia from the pan and then open the top so that the fish is exposed. Brush the margarine over the fish (Again Optional).
- Enjoy with Toyomansi or Kamatis, Sibuyas Sauce!