Here Are All The Ways You Can Cook Bangus For Breakfast And Beyond

Make your favorite bangus appetizing and delicious.

Bangus, or milkfish, is one of the most popular fish varieties in the market. It’s an affordable fish, it’s super meaty, and can be used in many recipes. It’s so versatile, the fish can be simply fried, boiled, stewed, or steamed. Plus, the bangus is meaty enough to handle getting soaked in a flavorful sauce or soup. 

The popular fish is also a staple breakfast ulam but sometimes, that can get boring. You can have it simply fried with an egg and rice but how do you make it even more appetizing?

We have ideas! Here are a few bangus recipes that you need to learn and try before you give up on having the fish as part of your daily meal:  

Daing na Bangus

1 Daing na Bangus Recipe 

This classic breakfast food is marinated in a vinegar-based marinade that’s tangy, garlicky, and simply delicious. It’s best fried so the garlic can get toasted and crispy while the fish itself turns a golden brown. Perfect with an egg and garlic fried rice. 

Lemon Turmeric Bangus
Photo by Rico Jose

2 Lemon Turmeric Bangus Recipe

Daing na bangus is classic but if you want to spin your favorite breakfast fish into a dish that’s similar in taste with a twist, this lemon turmeric recipe is one you should try. The lemon mimics the tangy vinegar flavor but has citrus notes too that might win you over. This will be a keeper!    

Bangus Belly
Photo by Patrick Martires

3 Bangus Belly Recipe 

Are you a bangus belly lover? Then, this is the recipe you need to know how to prepare your favorite part of the bangus.


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Sinigang na Bangus
Photo by At Maculangan

4 Sinigang na Bangus Recipe 

Got ripe guava that needs to be eaten soon? Then why not use it to make a sinigang sa bayabas using bangus. This is a classic substitute for sampaloc and it results in a sweet-tangy sinigang that is different but still delicious. 

Paksiw na Bangus
Photo by Bianca Laxamana

5 Paksiw na Bangus Recipe 

The bangus is hardy enough to withstand being cooked in the vinegar long enough to absorb its flavors as well as anything else that’s added to the marinade. Here, the vinegar takes center stage as the main taste but it’s made more complex with its onions, peppercorns, and chili.  


Bangus Salpicao

6 Bangus Salpicao Recipe 

If garlic is one of your favorite ingredients, the salpicao must be one of your favorite dishes. The garlic is toasted and the bangus is just savory and garlicky enough to warrant lots of rice.  

Tinolang Bangus
Photo by Patrick Martires

7 Tinolang Bangus Recipe 

Chicken isn’t the only meat that you can make into tinola! Bangus goes so well with tinola’s classic ginger broth, too! 

Bangus Lumpia
Photo by Patrick Martires

Bangus Lumpia Recipe 

If you’re feeling particularly industrious, you might want to make this lumpia recipe. Bangus can be steamed or fried before you flake it so you can pick out the fish bones, too. That’s the hard part. The rest of the recipe is easy and results in a great snack or ulam

Bangus Loaf

9 Bangus Loaf Recipe 

This bangus meatloaf will need some work done before it’s ready to place in the oven. Don’t worry. This is enough to get you through at least two meals. Plus it’s made even more appetizing with a smooth and creamy mustard-based gravy that you’ll want to pair with other food, too. 


There are other ways to prepare the bangus. Just remember that while it’s more affordable to get it fresh, you can always ask your friendly neighborhood fish vendor to do the dirty work i.e. scaling, gutting, butterflying, and deboning, before taking it home. 



Thinking about what to cook next? Join our Facebook group, Yummy Pinoy Cooking Club, to get more recipe ideas, share your own dishes, and find out what the rest of the community are making and eating!

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