Tanguige in Lemon-Butter Sauce

This is another quick and easy recipe I tried a couple of lunches ago.

Though the usual version of this dish comes grilled, I pan-fried mine so it’s less complicated (and less cleaning-up for me too! 😀 ).

Tanguige (also referred to as kingfish or Spanish mackerel and called “kannad” in Arabic) are quite plentiful in this part of the world which is why I make it a point to grab a couple of steaks or so everytime we drop by our local fish market.  Apart from grilling or pan-frying, I also find tanguige suitable for fish sinigang (Fish in Tamarind Broth) since apart from it being more fleshy than the usual bangus (milkfish), it also spares us from the otherwise “cumbersome” task of taking out the fish bones when eating! 😆

With the size of the fish steaks that I got, I only manage to finish half-a-steak at the most per meal while the kids are satisfied with a quarter.  How’s that for an honest-to-goodness “budget” meal? 😉

WHAT YOU NEED: 3 medium to large tanguige steaks, 2 tsp extra virgin olive oil, 1/2 stick unsalted butter, juice from 1/2 lemon, salt and pepper to taste

HOW TO: Season tanguige steaks with salt and pepper.  Heat olive oil in skillet.  Pan-fry steaks until done or golden brown and set aside.  In a separate bowl, microwave butter on high for 20 seconds or until melted.  Mix lemon juice.  Season sauce with salt and pepper to taste.  Pour on top of pan-fried steaks.  Serve hot and enjoy!

PS A word of caution though – make sure to limit your intake of this type of fish to only once a week at the most (especially for children and women of child-bearing age) since it has been proven that fish like these have higher levels of mercury content which can be harmful to the health if ingested in large quantities.

5 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by lori78 on 15 April 2009 at 4:39 am

    Love this recipe, it’s so simple. Thanks Pinky for sharing…my mama would love this!

    You’re welcome, Lori! Enjoy! 🙂


  2. i had spam for dinner:( and you made me want to run to the grocery now! i miss fried tangigue, or any fish at that:) i put patis! on my lemon butter dip…ayan i’m literally drooling!!!!:)

    Patis! Now that’s new! Will try it next time… 😉 Spam ba kamo? Now, THAT is what makes us drool here (bawal kasi pork dito, di ba?). Hahaha! Thanks for dropping by, Ces!


  3. Wow! sarap naman. try ko ngang lutuin sa bahay.

    Sure, Aireen, sana magustuhan ninyo. 🙂


  4. Ate, yung kaibigan ni Jose, babae, muntik na nga madali ng isdang iyan.

    Isda pa lang masarap na, yung ganyang luto mo pa! Naku pow!

    Talaga? Anong nangyari doon sa friend ni Jose?!? Share naman…

    Basta ang rule lang is everything in moderation para less likely ang mga “accidents”.


  5. Posted by tess on 20 May 2013 at 5:26 pm

    can i use calamansi instead of lemon?

    Sure you can 🙂


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