5 Easy Seafood Recipes to Impress the Family

November 24, 2020 10:00 am


Seafood is a star on its own—make its flavors shine and your dish is an absolute winner. When cooking with it, the simpler, the yummier. There’s no need for a tedious, complicated recipe to cook up a marvelous Filipino seafood dish. Keep it simple, and the dish will speak for itself.

The good thing is that seafood is abundant in this beautiful archipelagic country we’re living in. Pay a visit to the supermarket and be wowed with a wide variety of seafood that you can work wonders within the kitchen. Remember, go get the fresh ones—that’s the golden rule!

Seafood might be a little intimidating compared with more familiar meats like chicken and pork, but trust us, you don’t have to have a Michelin star to be a star in the kitchen. Again, the simpler, the better! Read on to discover Filipino seafood recipes that are unbelievably easy to make!

We adore Adobong pusit, we love Calamares, but did you know that you can make a wondrous pasta dish with our beloved pusit? Yes, pasta! Solid ‘tong Filipino recipe na ‘to!—Pasta in Squid Ink Sauce!

What makes this Filipino dish extra unique is its beautiful, breathtaking black sauce. Masarap, kahit mukhang kakaiba! This looks like a meal straight from a chef’s kitchen, but in reality, it’s a breeze to make! You can do it. Simple lang!

Start by cooking your pasta. Boil some water and follow the instructions in the packaging. Remember not to overcook it—we still want it to have a little texture! While that’s boiling, we can proceed with our sauce.

In a hot pan, drizzle in your choice of cooking oil and sauté your garlic for a couple of minutes. Then, add in your tomatoes, coriander, chillies, red wine, and squid ink. Give it 2-3 minutes to simmer. When it’s all good and steamy, add in your pieces of squid and mussels. Cover it with the lid and give the flavors some time to incorporate with each other. When the mussels have opened up its shells, it’s time to season!

Add in a dash of fish sauce, ground pepper, and AJI-NO-MOTO® Umami Seasoning for a more Umami-linamnam taste! Mix in the pasta with the sauce, and it’s good to go!

Try our PASTA IN SQUID INK SAUCE RECIPE  made more flavorful with AJI-NO-MOTO® Umami Seasoning!

Preparation and Cooking time: 45 minutes

Who would’ve thought that a simple and modest Filipino staple can be given a gourmet twist? It just takes a little bit of creativity in the kitchen, and our favorite dried fish can be a fancy gift to share with loved ones, especially that the Christmas season is fast approaching!

Tuyo is usually served fried with rice and tomatoes on the side for breakfast. Let’s kick it up a notch! Try making Gourmet Tuyo, fancy and easy! Madali lang ‘tong gawin!

Start by heating up your oil in a pan and fry your tuyo until it’s cooked nicely. Remove the excess oil and set aside your tuyo pieces.

Take another pan and over low heat, combine olive oil, garlic, bay leaves, carrots and AJI-SHIO® Garlic Seasoning Mix (18g). Slow cook your mixture until it’s fragrant and has a slightly golden brown color. Set this mixture aside.

Now, get your fried tuyo and fillet it. Remove the scale, head, and spine of each piece of tuyo and carefully pack them into your glass jars. Pour in your garlic and olive oil mixture and close it up for preservation! Remember to store these for at least a month before serving. This is a winning gift idea for the holiday season. Feel free to be creative with the recipe and the packaging!

Try our Gourmet Tuyo Recipe  made more delightful with AJI-SHIO® Garlic Seasoning Mix (18g).

Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes

Anything with shrimp is a dish worth cooking. Grab a couple of spices and easy-to-find ingredients, and you’ll be amazed at what glorious but simple recipes you can make with this fantastic seafood! Try this simple and appetizing Filipino recipe na pwedeng ulamin, pwede rin namang papakin! Let’s cook Shrimp in Garlic Butter and Oyster Sauce!

This one is so easy to make, pero easy ring maubos ng family! Ganun kasarap! First off, grab a pan, melt your butter and sauté the garlic. Remember to keep an eye on the pan because we don’t want the butter and garlic to burn. Add in your shrimp and SARSAYA® Oyster Sauce. Let the shrimp marry with the sauce mixture for a couple of minutes until it’s cooked.

Sprinkle some spring onion on top and serve it while it’s hot. Easy ‘di ba? Yummy pa!

Try our Shrimp in Garlic Butter and Oyster Sauce Recipe  made more tasty with SARSAYA® Oyster Sauce.

Preparation and Cooking time: 30 – 40 minutes

If you’re looking for the epitome of a simple but appetizing Filipino seafood dish, this is it. Try making Crispy Tawilis for your family—crunchy, malinamnam, siguradong makakarami ka ng kanin! You can serve this with your favorite sawsawan, a special salsa, or a creamy dip!

Start by washing the fish, and make sure you drain off the excess moisture. Coat each fish with CRISPY FRY® Fish Breading Mix to achieve that nice layer of crunch and linamnam! When that’s done, deep fry it in oil until it’s cooked and golden. Ito ang masarap na ulam kahit simple lang!

Try our Crispy Tawilis Recipe made more nakakatakam with CRISPY FRY® Fish Breading Mix .

Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes

If you are in the mood for a classic Filipino seafood dish, try making Escabecheng Tilapia! Indulge in crispy, perfectly-fried Tilapia with mouthwatering sweet and sour tomato sauce. This ulam is perfect for a nice Saturday lunch with the family. Impress them with this easy-to-make at easy ring masimot na classic Pinoy dish!

Start by coating your tilapia evenly with CRISPY FRY ® Fish Breading Mix. Ready your heated pan and fry your fish until it achieves a golden brown color. Set this aside as we make the sauce.

For the sauce, stir-fry your onion, garlic, bell peppers, and carrots. Once it’s all nice and fragrant, pour in your SARSAYA® Sweet and Sour Sauce. Let this mixture simmer for a good few minutes. It’s time to assemble! On a plate, place your fried tilapia and drizzle your delicious sweet and sour sauce. Top it off with veggies and serve!

Try our Escabecheng Tilapia Recipe  made more delicious with CRISPY FRY ® Fish Breading Mix and Sarsaya® Sweet and Sour Sauce!

‘Di ba, madali lang? It’s fun and easy cooking with seafood! Try these recipes to level-up your lunch and dinner menus! For more easy Filipino seafood recipes, visit https://www.ajinomoto.com.ph/cookmunity/ ! Happy cooking!