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salmon escabeche with sweet sour sauce
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Salmon Escabeche

Salmon escabeche with fried salmon, bell peppers, and carrots in a sweet and tangy sauce

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Filipino, Mediterranean, Spanish
Keyword: escabeche, salmon, sour, sweet
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Mia


  • ½ kilo salmon fillet skin on or whole tilapia
  • 2 tbsp salt to season the fish
  • ½ cup flour to coat the fish
  • ½ cup red and green bell peppers cut into strips
  • 1 carrot cut into strips
  • 1 medium onion sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic crushed
  • 1 knob ginger cut into strips
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 3 tbsp vinegar
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 3/4 cups water
  • salt and pepper for seasoning
  • 2 cups cooking oil

Slurry (thickening agent)

  • 1 ½ tbsp cornstarch mixed with 3 tbsp of water


  • Wash salmon fillet and pat dry with kitchen towels. Season both sides of the fillet with salt then dredge in flour. Set aside.
  • Heat cooking oil in a pan over high heat. When oil is hot, add fish and cook, turning once until golden. Remove from heat and drain on paper towels. Keep warm.
  • Using same pan. reduce the heat and remove some oil leaving only about 2 tbsp of oil. Saute garlic, onion, and ginger until fragrant and soft.
  • Add carrots and mix for a few seconds. Pour in the soy sauce, vinegar, sugar, water and dash with a pinch of salt and pepper. Stir and simmer for 5 minutes. NOTE: Do not cover the pan yet to release some of the vinegar's scent.
  • After 5 minutes, add bell peppers then cover the pan and let simmer for 10 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Taste the sauce and adjust according to your preference. You can also add more water if needed.
  • Lower the heat and add the slurry or thickening agent gradually. whisking continuously, for about 1 to 2 minutes or until sauce thickens. Simmer again for 10 more minutes to remove the cornstarch taste.
  • In a serving dish. Place the fried salmon and pour the sweet and sour sauce. Serve and enjoy! Bon Appetit!


If you are using Tilapia. Clean and gut the fish. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Dredge in flour and continue with the instructions from there.