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How to Cook Pesang Dalag (Stewed Mudfish)

This recipe is an old time favorite stewed mudfish cooked in broth with vegetables.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Total Time22 mins
Course: Fish Recipes
Cuisine: Filipino
Keyword: pesang dalag, pesang isda, stewed mudfish
Servings: 3 servings
Calories: 120kcal
Author: Manny


  • 1 large mudfish dalag, sliced
  • 1/4 kilo cabbage cut into big pieces
  • 1/4 kilo petchay cut into halves
  • 1 Tbsp. whole peppercorns
  • 1 tbsp. ginger strips
  • 4 cups rice water water from rice washing
  • 1 Tbsp. monosodium glutamate vetsin
  • 1 medium sized native onion quartered ( red onion )
  • salt to taste

Ingredients for miso sauce:

  • 1/2 cup soybean paste miso
  • 1 large onion finely chopped
  • 3 tomatoes finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic crushed
  • 1 tbsp. fish sauce or patis
  • 1/2 cup water cooking oil for sauteing


How to cook Pesang Dalag

  • Boil rice water. Add ginger, peppercorn, onion and season with salt and vetsin.
  • After 3 minutes, add fish and cover.
  • Cook for another 3 minutes because fish cooks faster than meat so less time is needed.
  • Then add the cabbage and petsay. Continue cooking until vegetables are half cooked.
  • Then serve with miso sauce.

How to make miso sauce:

  • Saute garlic in oil until brown. Add onion and tomatoes.
  • Saute for 3 minutes, then add miso. Season with patis and vetsin.
  • After another 3 minutes, add water. Cook until sauce thickens.