Pinangat na Pompano

Pinangat na Pompano stewed in tomatoes and tamarind is an easy one-pan meal the whole family will love. With plump fish and tangy sauce, this Filipino dish is delicious with steamed rice.


I love seafood. Give me fish, shrimp, crab, or squid in no particular order for dinner, and I’m bound to eat my weight in rice.

But although I cook all sorts of fish throughout the week, golden pampano is what I enjoy best. It’s relatively inexpensive, and it’s plump, buttery flesh and smooth, almost scaleless skin take well to different modes of preparation such as fried, grilled and of course, stewed such as this pinangat na isda.

chopped tomatoes, onions, garlic, ginger, fish sauce, and tamarind base on a wooden cutting board

What is Pangat na Isda

Pinangat or Pangat is a type of Filipino dish wherein fish is poached in a broth flavored with tomatoes and sour fruit such as tamarind, calamansi, kamias or santol. Although similar to fish sinigang, it does not contain vegetables and it’s not as tart or as soupy. Other versions of the dish also include coconut milk to add richness.

Pinangat na Isda is commonly served with steamed rice and a side of fish sauce spiked with chili peppers (siling labuyo) as a condiment.

tomatoes, onions, and garlic sauteed in a pan

Tips on How to Make Pinangat na Pompano

  • Depending on size, cut the golden pompano into half. Feel free to substitute your choice of fish; tilapia, round scad, sapsap, catfish, bangus or talakitok works well in this recipe
  • Use ripe Roma tomatoes as they tend to be sweeter and juicier.
  • I like my pangat with plenty of the savory juice to spoon over my rice; decrease the amount of water if you want it on the dry side.
  • You can also use santol, kamias or calamansi in place of tamarind to add the tangy flavor.

Pinangat na isda on a white serving platter with a side of steamed rice in a white bowl and fish sauce

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