Crispy Tawilis Recipe
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Crispy Tawilis Recipe involves deep-frying tawilis until they are crispy. This version involves no flour.

It’s utterly surprising how God works with mother nature… it’s simply unexplainable and though we can’t believe it, things happened.

One best example is how nature produces food for humans. Apparently, her supply will never last though for the human eyes, the surrounding is limited. All we have to do is to give some space for a given period of time and then, we can ask for her help again.

The sardinella tawilis or locally known as tawilis is an endemic fish in the Philippines. Specifically, it is found only in the Taal Lake in Batangas. You can see tawilis in markets around the Metro all year long. How’s that possible?

Though considered small, this fish can grow up to half a foot. You can cook it with broth or make a Spanish-style sardine out of it. However, for me, the greatest way to cook it is by making it crunchy.

Read: Paksiw na Tamban sa Gata Recipe

Check out my Crispy Fried Tawilis Recipe.


  • 1 cup small to medium tawilis
  • salt and pepper
  • oil for frying


  1. Clean the tawilis and let it rest in the strainer to remove the excess water.
  2. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Fry until crispy.


  • Make sure that the oil is extremely hot so the flesh of the fish will immediately react when it was dumped.
  • You can also make a dipping sauce by combining 1/2 cup of white vinegar, a teaspoon of sugar, chopped red onion, and chilies.
  • Enjoy the Crispy Tawilis.


BIG NOTE: Tawilis has been declared endangered. So, we should consider following the ban in fishing the endemic creatures. Let’s all work together and consume what Mother Nature offers consciously.

Written by Ringo

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