Raw materials:


1 kilo tamban or galunggong

Salt Utensils: Kitchen knife

Smoking trays

Tin cans




1. Cut the fish along the back just above the backbone to split it open leaving the belly solid.

2. Remove all internal organs and blood.

3. Make another cut under the backbone.

4. Wash well and soak for 30 minutes in a solution of ½ cup salt and 4 cups water.

5. Place fish in a coarsely woven basket and dip in boiling 10% salt solution (approximately 6 tbsp. salt for every 4 cups water until the eyes turn white).

6. Arrange fish in smoking trays and drain for 10 minutes.

7. Partially dry fish in cool, shady place for about 3 hours before smoking.

8. Smoke fish at 32-38° C for 1-2 hours or until golden brown in color.

9. Cool smoked fish for a while and brush with vegetable oil.


Source: NSTA Compendium of Transferrable/Commerciable Technologies

2 thoughts on “SMOKED FISH (TINAPA)”

  1. thank you for the recipe of tinapa, Im just curious about the heat of 32 to 38 deg celcius could be generated. and what type of wood applicable for the method for smoke fish. Is coconut husk can be used?

  2. Mausok po ata masyado kapag coconut husk ang gagamitin…
    I am not sure din kasi di ko pa naman na try.
    Saka not sure kung ano ang after taste nito kapag coconut husk ginamit mo.

    Try mo muna sa ilang pieces you taste it nalang afterwards

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