The actual term pinaputok means to pop up and tilapia is a type of fish; thus in English this dish is called “popped tilapia.” This recipe is absolutely delicious as a result of the fresh vegetables which serve as fresh bedding and toppings and when cooked are absorbed into the fish. You can also add some vegetables such as carrot and celery if you wish. This dish can be prepared on a grill, fry or in conventional oven. The indication of the dish being cooked is when the foil swells and is close to popping. The juice from the fish and vegetables is undeniably perfect when pour in rice. With pinaputok na tilapia, I have no more boring fried tilapia in the kitchen.
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- 1 large size tilapia fish, cleaned and scaled
- 3-4 medium tomatoes, sliced
- 2 medium onions sliced
- 2 thumb size ginger chopped
- 2 tbsp butter
- salt and pepper
- Servings: 1
- Time: 40 minutes
- Level: Moderate
- Cuisine: Filipino
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- Clean tilapia fish and take off scales. Make a slit on both side of the fish. Rub salt around the fish.
- Chopped the tomatoes, onions and ginger. Stuff the fish with sliced vegetables.
- In one square of aluminum foil, add some sliced vegetables in the center and spread evenly. This will serve as the bedding for the fish.
- Place the stuffed tilapia fish in the center.
- Add some remaining stuffing on top of the fish. Sprinkle salt and pepper all over and add about 2 tbsp of butter on top of the fish.
- Cut another square of aluminum foil and cover it to the fish. Wrap tightly by simply folding all edges of foil and make sure its tight as possible.
- Grill or bake in oven at 375 degrees F for approximately 30 minutes or until the wrapper is inflated and close to popping.
- Remove from oven and serve. Enjoy!