Bistek na Tilapia
Run out of ideas on how to cook simple but tasty tilapia dishes? If one of your favorite dish is bistek (a Filipino version of beef steak) but don’t want to eat beef or pork for health reasons or you are just sick of eating beef all the time, then this bistek na tilapia might be the answer. I was amazed that this recipe taste like the beef version even though the main ingredient is fish. Try it and I’m sure you will love it.
- 1 kilo medium size tilapia, about 6 pcs
- 2 white onions (sliced into rings)
- ¼ cup calamansi juice (extracted from fresh calamansi)
- ½ cup soy sauce
- 2 cups water
- ½ tsp. ground pepper
- ½ tsp. MSG
- 2 tsp. sugar
- rock salt
- cooking oil
- Clean and wash the tilapia, remove grills, innards and scales. Rinse to remove blood and remaining scales.
- Cut a slit on each side of the fish and rub with rock salt.
- Fry the tilapia until the skin is crispy and set aside.
- In a medium size wok or frying pan, heat some oil and saute onions for about 2 minutes or until the onions are soft. Remove from the pan and set aside.
- Pour in water, calamansi juice, soy sauce, MSG, sugar and ground pepper then let boil, add also some of the sauteed onions and simmer for a few minutes.
- Then add in the fried tilapia and simmer for 1 minute to soften the fish and add the onions.
- Simmer for 1 minute more then remove from heat and serve hot.