Fish Pochero Recipe

This meaty dish just turned fishy!

This dish still has the flavors and ingredients you look for in a classic pochero recipe made with pork but made lighter using fish instead. 

What is a pochero recipe? 

The pocherong Tagalog normally contains potatoes to make it into a heartier meal but it’s the other ingredients that gives it a different taste. The saging na saba, in particular, gives the entire dish a sweetness it would not normally have. The cabbage is also added in to give it that fresh flavor that only leafy greens have. For the sauce, tomatoes or tomato sauce give the pochero sauce a delicious tang.

For this recipe, the substitutions take little away from the dish but instead, gives it a lighter taste with the fish instead of pork. It also swaps the cabbage with pechay which is a common pairing with fish. It’s still part of the cabbage family but delivers a different texture and look to the dish. 

To make this fish dish extra delicious, the fish is fried first to stimulate and develop the golden brown flavors that frying creates in fish. This infuses the dish with its unique fried fish flavor. 

With all that going for it, you should give this fish version of the pochero a chance! Try it today. 

Fish Pochero Recipe

Mira Angeles
This meaty dish just turned fishy!
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Resting Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Course Main Dishes
Cuisine Filipino
Servings 4


Fish Pochero Ingredients

  • 1 kilo tilapia Gutted, cleaned, and rinsed well, cut in half
  • Oil for frying
  • 2 medium Potatoes cut into 4
  • 5 pieces saging na saba cut in half
  • 1 bunch pechay Tagalog
  • 1 medum red onion chopped
  • 5 cloves Garlic minced
  • 1/4 Cup tomato paste
  • 1 Cup water
  • 15 pieces Baguio beans trimmed and cut in half
  • Salt to taste
  • ground black pepper to taste


  • Fry the tilapia in oil until crispy and set aside.
  • In the same pan and the oil, fry the potatoes and saging na saba until browned and cooked. Set aside.
  • Still using the same pan, remove excess oil. Leave about 2 tablespoons oil. Saute garlic, onions, and green beans.
  • Add the tomato paste and water. Return the cooked saging na saba and potatoes. Let it simmer for 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Add the cooked tilapia and let it simmer for 5 minutes. Serve warm.
Keyword tilapia recipe, fried fish, fried fish recipe, pan-fried fish recipe, pochero recipe
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