Bitter Melon Fish Sarciado

imageI’ve posted a similar recipe before but this one’s a little different because I’ve added bitter melon. Sarciado is a popular Filipino dish — usually with fried fish– that’s served with a sauce consisting of tomatoes and eggs. You can make this dish totally vegetarian by skipping the fish and substituting the fish sauce with salt. It goes without saying that bitter melon is, well, bitter, and that’s why I’ve added brown sugar to temper the (acquired) bitter taste. For a more liquid sauce, you can increase the amount of water used.


3-4 pieces Swai fish steaks (or any kind of fish steak)

1 medium bitter melon, seeded and sliced into thin rings

2 medium tomatoes, chopped

1 small onion, chopped

2 eggs, beaten

1/2 cup flour

1 tbsp brown sugar

3 tbsps Olive oil

1 cup water

1 tbsp fish sauce

Salt and pepper to taste


Heat 2 tbsps Olive oil in a large wok or frying pan over medium-high heat. Season fish steaks with salt and pepper. Roll each fish steak in the beaten eggs then in the flour.  Fry the the coated fish steaks until golden brown on both sides. Set aside. Heat 1 tbsp Olive oil in a wok over medium-high heat. Add  onions and cook until tender.  Add tomatoes and cook  for about 2 minutes. Add water and bring to a quick boil. Add sugar and reduce heat. Add fish sauce. Add bitter melon and let simmer for 4-5 minutes. Add remaining beaten egg. Turn off heat and lightly stir the mixture.  On a serving platter, set fried fish steaks and pour the bitter melon, tomato and egg sauce over them. Serve with steamed rice.


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