Escabeche is a dish that’s not only known in the Philippines. It’s actually a common fare in Latin American and Mediterranean cooking. They make Escabeche of Fish or meat like Chicken, Pork marinates it in an acidic mixture of vinegar, Spanish Paprika or saffron. Central and South America are similar to the Philippines (fish is the common ingredient) in preparation. They fry the fish or meat first before putting it in an acidic sauce or marinade. The reason for the acidic ingredient is to stop it from spoiling. The acidic twist, however, gave the dish a distinct and better taste. The Fish Escabeche Recipe from the Philippines which is much like Central and South America’s style of cooking has enough vinegar plus added ingredients to complete it.

Fish Escabeche Recipe

Fish Escabeche

In addition, Escabeche is a Persian Word which was brought by Arabs in the Moorish  Conquests to Spain and from there the Spaniards adapted it.  The term comes from Al-Sikbaj which is a popular meat dish which they cook in a sweet and sour sauce where they add honey or date molasses and vinegar. Since the Philippines is once a Spanish colony just like Guam, the recipe was adopted by Filipinos and the perfect Fish Escabeche Recipe was perfected by Filipinos.

Lapu-Lapu Escabeche


Fish Escabeche Recipe

The Fish Escabeche Recipe from the Philippines which is much like Central and South America’s style of cooking has enough vinegar plus added ingredients to complete it.

  • Author: Pilipinas Recipes
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 25 mins
  • Total Time: 40 mins
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Category: Entree
  • Cuisine: Filipino


  • 1 large fish ( Lapu-Lapu) (1 to 2 lbs), cleaned
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, sliced into strips
  • 1 medium red onion, sliced
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 5 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup sugar (optional)
  • ½ cup cooking oil


  1. Heat cooking oil in a frying pan then fry both sides of the fish until a bit crispy. Set aside.
  2. Heat a clean pan and pour in the vinegar. Let boil.
  3. Add sugar, whole peppercorn, and garlic.
  4. Cook for 1 minute.
  5. Put-in the onion and red bell pepper.
  6. Stir and cook until the vegetables are tender.
  7. Sprinkle salt and then stir.
  8. Put-in the fried fish.
  9. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes.
  10. Turn-off heat and transfer to a serving plate.
  11. Serve while hot.


This video shows another recipe for fish escabeche.


  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 310
  • Sugar: 4 g
  • Sodium: 459 mg
  • Fat: 3 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 2 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 25 g
  • Fiber: 4 g
  • Protein: 45 g
  • Cholesterol: 152 mg

Keywords: sweet and sour fish, authentic

Fish Escabeche Recipe Cooking Tip

For the best Fish Escabeche Recipe, the common kinds of fish to use are Lapu-Lapu or red snapper because they are flaky and tender.  Other ingredients to be used are a bell pepper, garlic, ginger, onions plus condiments and flour for frying. If you cook it right, you can even make this a centerpiece of family gatherings because you fry the dish whole and you garnish it with the sauce dripping and covering the plate that it’s a beauty to look at. Add some dishes, a couple of drinks and some desserts and you’ve got a feast.

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