Filipino Paksiw Recipes

Hawaiian Fish Paksiw on plate
Paksiw is the second most popular cooking tradition in the Philippines after adobo. This is a favorite everyday method for cooking fish. When pineapple is added to the typical ingredients used in boiling the fish, it is referred to as Hawaiian. This page contains a recipe for Hawaiian fish paksiw.

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August 27, 2019

Hawaiian Fish Paksiw on plate"Paksiw" is Filipino's other traditional way of cooking other than "adobo". We usually do this with leftover roast pigs, but during the regular days (no occasion) we make paksiw with fish.

So basically, fish paksiw is boiled in vinegar, chilies, and spices. Actually considered by us Filipinos one on the list of easiest and fastest cooking process. Just put all the ingredients together, steam and wait until fish is cooked then you're done. Some of us, here, when there's pineapple in a recipe we call it "Hawaiian Style". The Hawaiian style food that is most commonly served is the pizza with lots of pineapple chunks topped in it. So most of us here think that a dish with pineapples is Hawaiian. I feel a bit funny for this, but it's just like how some of us believe that a special ramen is the one topped with egg, the regular is not and a halo-halo special is the one with dulce de leche on top while the regular one doesn't have this sweet treat in it. That's just how we think in here as a part of Filipino culture, that's what we are.

So, now, I call this dish "Hawaiian Fish Paksiw" getting the idea from such beliefs. The pineapple really adds a good balance of sweet and sour flavors.



  • 1 kg rock cod or any type of fish
  • chopped garlic
  • chopped onion
  • 1 tsp ground pepper
  • rock salt
  • 1 g pineapple chunks or tidbits with juice
  • 1 Tbsp oyster sauce
  • 1 Tbsp fish sauce
  • 1/2 cup vinegar
  • 100 g black beans (optional)


  1. Stir together pineapple juice, vinegar, oyster sauce and fish sauce.
  2. mixing sauce
  3. Pour over fish arranged in a pot. Some of us especially the elders use clay pots in cooking as it make a stronger aroma and flavor to the dish.
  4. pouring sauce on fish

  5. Add black beans.
  6. adding black beans to Fish Paksiw
  7. Sprinkle with pepper and salt.
  8. adding salt & pepper to fish
  9. Then the chopped onions and garlic.
  10. adding onions & garlic to fish
  11. Now, add all the pineapple tidbits.
  12. adding pineapple to fish
  13. Add a cup of water and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until fish is cooked.
  14. simmering Fish Paksiw

  15. Serve.
  16. Hawaiian Fish Paksiw
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