Fish Kardilyo Recipe

Fish Kardilyo or Kardilyong Isda is a Filipino Fish Recipe with a special sauce. This dish is also similar to Fish Sarciado. This recipe that we have here is not your usual Kardilyo recipe. I tried to use fish fillet and cooked the fish in a manner that will provide a better texture to the dish.

Don’t get me wrong, the recipe remains simple and straightforward. You know that it is against my rules to overcomplicate dishes. In fact, I even work hard to present each recipe in the simplest possible way without sacrificing the flavor.

What I did was to coat the fish fillet with cornmeal. This will provide the dish with a crunchy texture that flour alone cannot give. Next is to fry the fish until crisp. That’s it. The succeeding steps are all about preparing the sauce. Finally, I just topped the sauce over the fried fish, and there you have it.

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Fish Kardilyo

Fish Kardilyo Recipe


  • 4 Pieces tilapia fillet
  • 1/4 cup AP flour
  • 3/4 cup corn meal
  • 2 eggs, beaten (1 for dip, 1 for sauce)
  • 2 medium tomato, diced
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 3 tablespoons chopped scallions
  • 1 to 1 1/2 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 3/4 cups water
  • 1 cup cooking oil

Cooking Procedure

  1. Run salt and pepper on the tilapia fillet. Let it stand for 10 minutes
  2. Heat the oil in a frying pan.
  3. Dredge the tilapia in flour and then dip in the beaten egg. Roll the tilapia on the corn meal. Make sure that the fish is properly coated.
  4. Fry each side until the color turns light to golden brown. Set aside.
  5. Meanwhile, make the sauce by sauteing garlic, onion, and tomato.
  6. Once the tomato and onion are soft, add the fish sauce and sprinkle some pepper.
  7. Add water and then let boil. Simmer for 3 to 5 minutes.
  8. Pour-in remaining beaten egg and then stir for 5 seconds.
  9. Arrange the fried fish on a serving plate and then top with the sauce. You can also serve the sauce separately.
  10. Serve. Share and enjoy!

Number of servings (yield): 4


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  1. is there an alternative for cornmeal? something that’s easier to find within the local groceries/ supermarkets around metro manila? thanks

  2. This looks yummy. Will try this soon and let you know… Thank you!

  3. Is the egg added to the sauce supposed to cook up like egg flower soup style, or is it just supposed to thicken the sauce?

  4. ramon says:

    What is a corn meal? And where can I buy this since I’m in the province here in the Visayas. Thank you and more power.

    • Cornmeal is a type of coarse flour. This is made from dried corn. Sorry, but I am not sure where to buy it from your location. Maybe our other readers can help you.

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