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Homemade Fishball

24 May

Homemade Fishball


  • 3 Tilapia fillets
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 medium sized chopped onion
  • 2 tbsp minced green onion
  • 2 – 3 tbsp shredded carrots
  • 1/3 cup water, just enough to soak the fish
  • 2 – 3 tbsp flour


  1. Layer the fish in a pan
  2. Season it with salt and pepper
  3. Put just enough water to cover the fish
  4. Boil the fish until the water disappear
  5. Crush the boiled fish
  6. Mix in all the ingredients until the mixture is kind of sticking together
  7. Add some salt and pepper to taste
  8. Roll into ball
  9. Deep fry until golden brown
  10. Serve with any sauce that you want.



Fishball is one of the most popular street foods in the Philippines. You will see vendors with rolling cart selling this almost everywhere. It’s relatively cheap and tasty that’s why most people like it. Everybody likes it (that includes me). It doesn’t matter whether you are rich or poor. I am pretty sure 100% of the Filipinos who grew up in the Philippines have tried Fishball. And for those who are not in the Philippines, I am sure they miss it. And that is why Nunnie and I are sharing this Pinoy recipe of Fishball to everybody.

The kind of Fishball that you can buy on the streets is pretty bland. What makes it really tasty is the sauce. Without the sauce, then it’s no good. How to make the kind of sauce that those vendors use is still pretty much a mystery for me. I have tried different recipes for the sauce, but still couldn’t figure out the right one.

But anyway, this kind of Fishball that we made at home is already good even without the sauce. Another difference that you can see if you have had Fishball before is the visible chunks of vegetables that we put into the mixture. I was going to blend it all together but decided not to because I realized that I was not trying to imitate the kind of Fishball that is being sold on the streets. This Fishball is way much better, at least from my taste. I say much better because I seasoned it according to my preference.

You can use the already made sweet chili sauce or you can make a vinegar sauce just like what we did. Just put big chunks of red onions, garlic, salt, and pepper into the vinegar and that’s it. I can guarantee that you will like this Filipino recipe.

2 Responses to “Homemade Fishball”

  1. Keisa 15. Sep, 2010 at 8:49 pm #

    The family really like this recipe. It’s great because you can make it a main dish along with rice(I made shrimp fried rice one night), or alone as an appetizer.Very satisfying.


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