Kinilaw, my dear readers, is a term used in the Philippines for cooking seafood, usually fish, in acetic acid. One may use vinegar, lime or calamansi or a combination of those in preparing the dish.

To reiterate, there is no heat involved in this kind of cooking.

Making Kinilaw na Tanigue (Raw Fish recipe)


Read on to get this one of a kind recipe.



Some of you may be more familiar with the term ceviche, based on the description above. Perhaps so, and there is no harm in associating ceviche with kinilaw. However, for the purpose of this post, let's stick with the term kinilaw which I am more acquainted with.

Again, thanks to my Pops for sharing with me his very own specialty - kinilaw na tanigue recipe. Thanks papa! :)


Ingredients in making kinilaw na tanigue:
- tanigue fish (fresh from the market), cubed

Making Kinilaw na Tanigue (Raw Fish recipe)

- Chinese celery, chopped

Making Kinilaw na Tanigue (Raw Fish recipe)


- garlic, chopped
- onions, finely chopped
- tomatoes, cubed in small bits
- ginger, crushed and chopped

Making Kinilaw na Tanigue (Raw Fish recipe)


- salt and pepper, to taste
- vinegar


Steps in making kinilaw na tanigue:
1. Immerse the tanigue fish in vinegar. Mix them well; as if to allow the acetic acid to cook the fish.
No need to marinate the fish for long minutes. Too much acetic acid will only make the fish meats tough rather than soft. 
Also, wash the fish in vinegar just once. Don't over-kill the fish with vinegar or lime. They-will-be-cooked-promise! The secret in making good kinilaw is buying fresh meats. That's it.

2. Drain the vinegar from the fish.
3. Add the following unto the fish:

  • Chinese celery
  • garlic
  • onions
  • tomatoes 
  • ginger

4. Add vinegar to the dish; just enough to create sauce for the dish.
5. Season the dish with salt and peper.
6. Serve chilled.

Making Kinilaw na Tanigue (Raw Fish recipe)

Easy right? Some add coconut milk or mayo in their kinilaw dish to create that creamy texture. That's up to you. As for this recipe, we prefer it low cal, low fats. ;)

In summary:


Kinilaw na Tanigue (Fish Ceviche)

5/5 stars
Prep time: 5-10 minutes
Cook time: 5-10 minutes
Total time: 10-20 minutes
Calories per serving: Low calorie
Fat per serving: Low fat
Ingredients
  • Tanigue fish
  • Vinegar
  • Garlic
  • Onions
  • Tomatoes
  • Ginger
  • Chinese celery
  • Salt
  • Pepper
Cooking Directions
  1. Wash (and cook) the fish in vinegar.
  2. Drain the vinegar.
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients together with the fish.
  4. Add vinegar to dish.
  5. Season with salt and pepper.
  6. Chill until serving time.
Enjoy this kinilaw dish with a Pork Soup ala Hototay. Yumm...

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52 comments:

  1. yum! I like eating Kinilaw. It's prepared a little differently depending on where you are in the Philippines, but all the same, masarap! :)

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  2. im a huuuge fan of kinilaw.... but not really of celery... so i still prefer the kinilaw na tanigue in its purest form hehehe :D

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  3. Not my favorite but will keep this for future reference. tnx :D

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  4. I used to be opposed to such kind of dish (the no cooking of any kind of meat), but when I tasted sushi and sashimi, I was converted. Fish is how far I would go though....probably won't try no other meat prepared in this style.

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  5. my uncles use to make kinilaw but haven't tasted it, i just don't like it

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  6. I want to try this one. Best for pulutan. hehehe

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  7. We served kinilaw to hubby's cousins from Luzon who visited us last week. But it was my brother in-law who prepared it. :)

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  8. It makes me salivate, wehehhehe... sarap.

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  9. I haven't tried kinilaw na tanigue yet, but I like the kinilaw shrimps and ung fish na maliit. :)

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  10. your post reminds me of my brother in law.. he really loves kinilaw.. but since he almost had a store few years ago he stopped eating kinilaw.. and yes, i eat kinilaw once in a while...

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  11. I haven't taste kinilaw. I am sure Daddy will like this because he's been asking me to allow him to make kinilaw, hehe.

    Mommy Maye

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  12. Ooh, I love kinilaw na tanique! I am bookmarking this post nga :)

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  13. di pa ako nakakakain ng kinilaw. wag daw ako kumain nan sabi ng nanay ko kasi baka sumakit tiyan ko. pero mukhang masarap.

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  14. Looks good although I've never tried kinilaw before. I tried sashimi and didn't like it so di ko na sinusubukan ang kinilaw.

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  15. Not quite into kinilaw, but my parents are. Thanks for sharing the recipe. :)

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  16. tanigue talaga is best for kinilaw. i'm keeping this for reference. :)

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  17. Of all the kinilaw, I like Tangigue kinilaw the most!

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  18. This is a family favorite! I don't like eating fish, though, so when we make kinilaw, we also put in bits of liempo. Hahaha.

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  19. i am not fan of kinilaw but this one looks delish

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  20. I tried a Kinilaw food once and I remember liking it. I'm not sure tho if I'll like it the second time? I hope.

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  21. Kilawin, as we call it, is a dish I have not had for so long. Minsan post ka namn yung kilawin na hipon.I tasted when I was young and I was blown away.

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  22. I looks delicious but I don't like fish. :(

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  23. Wow, this is how it's made pala! Yummy! I like kinilaw with plenty of onions. :)

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  24. kinilaw is a staple in my aunt's dinner get-together. :)

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  25. though i would love eating this, i can't eat raw food like this... and yeah i know i am missing a lot. :-(

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  26. I have already tasted this version of "kinilaw". It's really good and i really love it! I haven't tried preparing this dish myself, though. maybe I should try once using this recipe. Thanks for sharing. :)

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  27. Honestly, I'm not really fond of kinilaw, I prefer well cooked dishes. :)

    But you recipe looks delicious. thanks for sharing.. :)

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  28. As in raw? Wow! I think I've eaten this once but I never thought that it's raw. hahaha!

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  29. Love this dish. Too bad my doctor asked me to stay away from this kind of dish as much as possible due to uric acid.

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  30. It looks delicious and easy to make... :-) TY!
    Eliz

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  31. I am scared of eating raw anything, especially when I was pregnant. I never dreamed of making kinilaw, but I am sure my hubby would like this recipe. I tried some once but with inihaw na liempo on top. :-)

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  32. oh my, whenever i see kinilaw i remember my younger sister. coz everytime she comes home from dubai, she always eats kinilaw for the whole time she stayed here.

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  33. Kinilaw is one of my favorites! And it's the best if it's really spicy haha =p~

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  34. We often use tuna for kinilaw but this also looks good.

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  35. Looks delicious unfortunately hubby and I are not fond of kinilaw.

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  36. I dont actually eat kinilaw.. but this one really looks good and yummy!

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  37. Hubby and my mom loves kinilaw. I haven't found the guts to taste it yet. But it looks delicious!

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  38. It sure looks easy with its no-cook procedure but complicated at the same time. But I'd still want to try this at home. :-)

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  39. I actually don't eat kinilaw but this one looks yummy!

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  40. I didn't know how to make kinilaw until now. Maybe I could try it. I don't want to eat kinilaw before until I tasted a delicious one made by a friend.

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  41. the dish brings back so many memories. my daddy loves making kinilaw although i hate the smell of it.

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  42. Ahhhhh! Kinilaw.... MY all time favorite Filipinodish... Sabihan ko nga sila nanay at tatay na lutuin ito this weekend.

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  43. Masarap ito para pampulutan lalo nat may beer at videoke.

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  44. I tried ceviche before. It tasted great. Tnx for sharing how to make it =)

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  45. Kinilaw Tanigue is always on the table whenever I got home to visit in the Philippines. Aside it's my favorite food, my Mom said sa Kinilaw raw ako pinaglihi.

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  46. I love it when my dad prepares this for us. But I can only eat a little of this..

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  47. I did prepare the same dish but different style. Ever since I love kinilaw it is so yummy.

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