Pakswi – Spicy Filipino Poached Fish

This is a favorite of mine. My lovely wife makes this for me now that we’ve found a key ingredient: Siling Labuyo or Filipino long peppers. I had to order seeds on Amazon and grow them in our garden. But you can substitute Cubanelle peppers. Perhaps you can find the correct peppers and the suka (vinegar) in a Asian grocery. We use Datu-Puti brand. The west coast has a larger Filipino population and are probably better stocked than the meager pickings found in Florida.

It’s very light with only 2 Weight Watcher points per serving. We serve with rice, as is the custom in the Philippine. And perhaps some Pinakbet (Filipino vegetable sauté). But that’s a recipient for another post.

Pakswi

Serves 4

  • 3 Swahi Filets or other mild white fish, each cut into 3 or 4 pieces
  • 1/2 cup suka (Filipino Cane Vinegar) or white vinegar
  • 1/2 Medium onion, thinly sliced
  • 4 cloves of garlic, peeled and crushed with a knife blade
  • 1 inch piece of ginger, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 3 or 4 Siling Labuyo or small Cubanelle peppers, leave whole
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons of white sugar
  • Salt to taste
  • Fresh ground pepper to taste
  1. Add all ingredients except the fish into a large sauté pan and bring to a boil. Season with salt & pepper to taste. Simmer for 10 minutes.
  2. Add the pieces of fish, and let poach until just done. It’s best not to overcook the fish.
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