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Boneless Bangus belly cooked ala Pobre-style.
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5 from 3 votes

Bangus ala Pobre

Boneless Bangus (milkfish) belly fried to a golden crisp then coated with a savory soy-calamansi glaze, this Bangus ala Pobre dish is super easy to make using simple and affordable ingredients.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Filipino
Keyword: fish, milkfish, seafood
Servings: 4
Calories: 81kcal
Author: Bebs


  • 500 grams boneless bangus belly cut into serving size
  • ¼ cup cornstarch for dredging
  • 5 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 big yellow onion cut into rings
  • oil for frying
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoon oyster sauce optional
  • 2 tablespoon lemon or calamansi juice
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch from the leftover dredge
  • cup water


  • Heat just enough oil in a skillet or frying pan, over medium-high heat.
  • Lightly season fish belly cuts with salt and pepper. Then dredge lightly in cornstarch, shaking off excess if needed.
  • Fry directly in hot oil, skin side down first, turning it over once to cook both sides to a golden brown. Remove fish from pan and set aside.
  • In the same oil over medium-low heat, toast minced garlic until golden and then remove immediately from oil using a sieve and set aside. It will go on cooking from the residual heat so do not let it brown in the hot oil too much.
  • Combine all the ingredients for the sauce in a bowl and mix until well blended. Set aside.
  • Next, sweat the onions in the same oil over medium heat then remove and set aside.
  • Add the butter or margarine to the skillet with the remaining oil and let it melt. Then add the sauce mixture and cook until it thickens.
  • Now put the fried fish back into the pan to coat the fish with sauce then remove and arrange on a serving dish. Turn off the heat. Pour the remaining sauce on top of the fish and top with the cooked onions and toasted garlic.



Calories: 81kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 1133mg | Potassium: 64mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 91IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 1mg