Fish Sinigang (Tilapia) - Filipino Sour Broth Dish Recipe -
Fish Sinigang (Tilapia) - Filipino Sour Broth Dish Recipe
  • READY IN 15 mins

Fish Sinigang (Tilapia) - Filipino Sour Broth Dish

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"A very simple and quick Filipino dish. This is a sour broth soup with tilapia fish fillets. The flavor is sour but it actually enhances your appetite. This is considered comfort food in my house."

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  • PREP

    5 mins
  • COOK

    10 mins

    15 mins


  1. In a medium pot, combine the tilapia, bok choy, tomatoes and radish. Stir together the tamarind paste and water; pour into the pot. Toss in the chili peppers if using. Bring to a boil, and cook for 5 minutes, or just until the fish is cooked through. Even frozen fish will cook in less than 10 minutes. Do not over cook or else the fish will fall apart. Ladle into bowls to serve.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jan 24, 2006

Delicious soup! definately comfort food, but light! I used 1/4 cup fresh lime juice instead of the Tamarind paste cause i just couldn't find any! I also disolved a teaspoon of thai green curry paste into the water for a bit of kick! Needed salt but that can always be added to taste after. Fast tastey dish!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Feb 01, 2011

I was very excited about making the soup, however, I didn't like. I was very very sour :( My wife hated it.


29 Ratings

Mar 30, 2008

Great recipe and very simple and quick to make. However, I added some things: 1/2 tsp lime juice, 1/2 tsp red curry paste, a couple sprinkles of salt, and 5 tablespoons of fish sauce. Serve hot over steamed rice...great dish! Just like my grandmother used to make it!

Oct 11, 2007

I love this soup. It's light and you would not feel guilty serving along with other main dishes. The original traditional tangy taste calls for tamarind, but lime or tomato is definitely acceptable. Add excitement to your Sinigang by adding prawns, 1/8 cup sliced red onions and 1 tbsp shredded ginger. Some greens like bok choy, or even anaheim pepper (long green pepper) is also good. Since this is soup, I usually add the green veggies sparingly in order not to overpower the character as a soup. Since this is a cultural food, you can deninitely adjust the spices according to your orientation.

Jul 21, 2007

SUPER!!! I love this soup! My Philipino friend has a similar recipe- she adds sliced potatoes and brown rice-cooked. This IS comfort food. My husband is Lebanese and he loves this soup. We make it just about once a week. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!! Good Job!!

Aug 26, 2008

Since I live in hillbilly hell, I didn't have over half the ingredients. I used normal cabbage because there was no bok choy at 2 stores and I used a tamarind soup mix that I bought in Dallas, TX. I liked it considering I am a filipina and actually know what it was suppose to taste like. Not like my grandma's though but I'm sure if I had all the ingredients, this dish would have been just like grandma's. Also, I would try adding some MSG and a few slices of ginger because grandma cooks it with EVERYTHING!!!

Sep 21, 2011

I love sinigang and this is the first time for me to make it with fish.I didn't have tilapia so I used haddock,I used a packet of sinigang na sili powder,added eggplant,batchoy,tomatoes,1/2 tsp patis, and two bullion cubes for added flavor and I loved every bit of it!

Jan 28, 2011

I really liked this dish, but I made a few changes to suit my taste. I used regular green cabbage and 1/4 cup lime juice instead of the bok choy and tamarind paste. I also added about 1/3c sliced red onion, 1 tsp beef bouillon, and several tbsp of fish sauce to give the broth more flavor. Very good and different to what I'm used to.


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  • Calories
  • 112 kcal
  • 6%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 13.4 g
  • 4%
  • Cholesterol
  • 21 mg
  • 7%
  • Fat
  • 1 g
  • 2%
  • Fiber
  • 2.1 g
  • 8%
  • Protein
  • 13.1 g
  • 26%
  • Sodium
  • 63 mg
  • 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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