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Inun-Unan Recipe ( Visayas Paksiw)
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Inun-unan recipe ( visayas paksiw)

This Inun-unan Recipe is a version of Paksiw in the Visayas region. A very simple dish made of vinegar, ginger, peppercorns and fish.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Filipino
Keyword Fish, Paksiw, seafood
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 452kcal
Author Joost Nusselder
Cost $6


  • any local fish (scaled, gutted, sliced into halves, and seasoned with salt and pepper)
  • any local vinegar (store-bought ones are okay, too, but won’t smell as good)
  • crushed garlic (lots and lots of it. i.e. for a dozen medium sized fish, use 1 big head of garlic)
  • sliced onions (lots and lots of it, maybe 2-3 bulbs)
  • crushed ginger (lots and lots, like maybe a third of your palm)
  • salt
  • black pepper (crushed and corns)
  • 1 tbsp ginamos (fermented fish IF AVAILABLE)
  • cayenne peppers (siling Espada, optional, or bird’s eye chillies if you want to spike it up spicy)
  • young mango leaves (1 per piece)
  • used cooking oil (oil used to fry pork is preferred)


  • Mix everything in a bowl, except for the fish, mango leaves, cayenne peppers, and used cooking oil.
  • Adjust the taste to your liking.
  • Add the fish and gently mix with your hand for 3 minutes or so.
  • Wrap each fish with mango leaves and place in a thick pan or clay pot (include some of the spices if you like).
  • Pour all the marinade on top including the cayenne peppers.
  • Turn heat on medium and wait for it to boil uncovered.
  • When it starts to boil, lower the heat to its lowest and simmer away covered for at least 1 hour or until the marinade is almost gone.
  • Pour the used cooking oil before transferring the dish to a plate. Add some of the concentrated oily broth.
  • Drizzle more used cooking oil upon serving.
  • Enjoy with rice with the broth drizzled on it.


Calories: 452kcal