Asian Filipino Seafood

Paksiw na Isda

A Filipino dish where fish is cooked in vinegar.

Paksiw is a cooking method where the meat/fish is simmered in vinegar. There are multiple “paksiw” dishes such as paksiw na baboy, lechon paksiw. They all contain vinegar.

Paksiw na Isda

Fish simmered in vinegar with some vegetables.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Filipino


  • 1 fish any fish will work
  • 1/2 thumb ginger thinly sliced
  • 3/4 cup vinegar
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 eggplants sliced diagonally
  • 2 bitter gourd sliced diagonally
  • 1 onion sliced
  • 5 cloves garlic crushed
  • 1/2 tbsp peppercorn
  • 2 siling mahaba long green chilis


  • In a pot, mix vinegar, water, garlic, ginger, peppercorn. Bring to boil.
  • When it's boiling, add fish, eggplant, onions, chilis and bitter gourd. Cover. Turn heat to medium and simmer for 15 minutes.
  • Serve.


When buying the fish, have the butcher clean the fish, scales removed. If buying a long fish, have them cut into 6 pieces.
Milkfish is usually the fish used in this dish.
You can add fish sauce for seasoning.
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