9 Different (And Delicious) Things You Can Do With Bangus

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sliced rellenong bangus on a plate with ketchup and black pepper on the side

Do you love bangus? There are so many ways to enjoy this tender and flavorful fish. Bangus is also called milkfish in English, and aside from the delicious flavor its meat naturally has, it’s also a great source of calcium! Bangus is readily available in most local supermarkets as a whole fish or already prepared as ready-to-cook butterflied fillets, but you can also debone bangus or milkfish yourself at home.

Add more fish to your diet by cooking up some more bangus with these easy recipes

1 Choose bangus over beef.

bangus salpicao topped with toasted garlic, sliced green chillies, on a white oval serving plate
Bangus salpicao has the same garlicky, tangy taste as the beef version, but it’s packed with that distinct milkfish flavor.

If you’re trying to eat better, why not replace a few beef cravings with these delicious bangus salpicao and bangus bistek recipes? Salpicao and bistek are often cooked using beef, but it’s given new life in these bangus adaptations.

2 Jazz up your omelet with smoked bangus.

tortang talong or eggplant omelet with smoked bangus topped with chopped tomatoes
Love tortang talong? Add a smokey flavor to it with smoked bangus!

Another ingredient just as common as your banguseggplant is a great base for the torta. Add some flaked bangus to it to easily elevate this eggplant omelet dish and make this Smoked Bangus Eggplant Torta Recipe.

3 Add smoked bangus to lumpia.

The fish in this lumpia has been smoked, giving it a delicious salty yet smokey taste.
Photo by Patrick Martires | Styling by Elaine P. Lim and Liezl Yap

In this recipe, smoked bangus is wrapped in crunchy fried lumpia wrappers. What’s not to love? Both lumpia and bangus become even more delicious in this Smoked Bangus Rolls and Fish Chicharon Recipe, and this Smoked Bangus Lumpia Recipe.


4 Stuff bangus for a special meal.

sliced rellenong bangus on a plate, with pepper and ketchup on the side
Rellenong Bangus is a classic bangus recipe.
Photo by Majoy Siason

We must admit, rellenong bangus is not the easiest dish to make… but it sure is worth it! In this recipe, the natural flavor of bangus is brought out by your cooking skills. Put an impressive foot forward with this classic Rellenong Bangus Recipe which makes cooking the relleno by pan-frying it, or use this Baked Rellenong Bangus Recipe. You can also add a saucy twist with this Bangus Loaf with Creamy Mustard Gravy Recipe!

5 Grill bangus for a picnic at the beach.

Grilled bangus with corn and salted egg salad on the side, all on a banana leaf
You’ll feel like you’re on the beach with this grilled bangus recipe!

If you have plans to go to the beach, saving a night for grilled seafood is always a trip highlight. Whether or not you’re bringing fish, buying it there, or fishing it for yourself, don’t forget to pack side dishes and sauces to serve with the rest of your spread. Here’s a great Grilled Bangus with Corn and Salted Egg Salad Recipe to start you off!


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6 Amp up the flavor of pasta with flaked bangus.

tinapang bangus pasta with creamy sauce on a purple plate
This creamy and smokey pasta dish will have you asking for seconds!

Whether you want a creamy white sauce dish or a tomato-based pasta saucebangus can make it better. Want white sauce? Go for this Creamy Tinapang Bangus Pasta Recipe which has a creamy sauce with smoky notes. Prefer red sauce? Use boneless bangus fillet chunks for this Bangus Fillet Parmigiana with Garlic Spaghetti Recipe.

7 Make bangus sisig.

Bangus sisig in an oval serving dish
Give us this and an ice-cold beer and we’re good to go!
Photo by Riell Santos

Good drinks, good company, but most of all, good pulutan, are the main pillars of a great time. Give everyone a treat with this perfect beer match and try this Bangus Sisig Recipe.

8 Intensify sinigang with bangus belly.

bangus belly sinigang with tomatoes, okra, and radish in a bowl
The best thing about bangus belly sinigang is how the sour broth cuts through the bangus belly fat perfectly!

Melt-in-your-mouth bangus belly can add richness to your tart sinigang. It’ll give you more reasons to love the vibrant and classic stew. Make extra rice, because this Bangus Belly Sinigang Recipe is definitely one you’ll want seconds of!

9 Sell homemade bottled Spanish bangus.

bottled spanish sardines style bangus on a plate with bottled bangus, black peppercorns, laurel leaves and oil in the background
Tap into your entrepreneurial side with this Spanish bangus recipe!

If you’ve made all the greatest hits of bangus, perhaps it’s time to graduate. There’s always a market for homemade Spanish-style sardines but made with milkfish. Think of making this Bottled Spanish Bangus Recipe as sharing the joy of bangus to others.



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