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Ba Kalinga (Fried Tilapia)

Prep Time:

30 mins

Cook Time:

30 mins


9 Servings



About the Recipe

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  • 9 fresh tilapia, whole

  • 4 t fresh ginger, puréed

  • 4 T paprika

  • 3 T salt

  • 1 onion, julienned

  • 1 red bell pepper, julienned

  • 1 green bell pepper, julienned

  • 2 cups canola oil, for frying

  • 3 T canola oil, for sautéing bell peppers


  1. First Step → Clean entire fish, remove the gills, cut off the fins and tails.

  2. Second Step → Lay a fish flat on a cutting board, and make 2 deep and short diagonal cuts on each side, leaving a half inch between the two cuts. Repeat for each fish.

  3. Third Step → Prepare the seasoning by mixing the ginger, paprika, cayenne pepper, and salt into a thick paste. Rub the paste in and on each fi sh, making sure to get deep into the side cuts.

  4. Fourth Step → Heat oil in a deep skillet over medium-high heat (375⁰F). Deep-fry each fish one at a time until crisp and golden brown. Remove fish to a colander or rack lined with paper toweling. Once excess oil has drained off, transfer the fish to a pan and hold in a warm oven.

  5. Fifth Step → In another saucepan, sauté the onions and bell peppers on high heat for 3 minutes until caramelized. Season with salt and pepper and use to garnish the fish.

  6. Final Step → Serve that delicious fish and make your party proud. You've just served them the most delicious tilapia they've ever had, and it's damn affordable too!

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