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Gourmet Tuyo (dried Herring) in Spicy Oil

Try this Gourmet Tuyo Recipe and bring your plain tuyo (dried herring) to a whole new level. Cravings solved because you can keep them longer!Try this Gourmet Tuyo Recipe and bring your plain tuyo (dried herring) to a whole new level . | wordpress-152313-459899.cloudwaysapps.comGourmet Tuyo is a current food trend in the Philippines. It is like giving our beloved dried fish a makeover and it is now more popular than ever! Whoever started this idea is simply a genius. It is funny how ‘tuyo’, which is originally considered, in the Philippines, as food of the poor (because it is cheap) became suddenly so glamorous! Although, through the passing of time, the love of Filipinos for ‘tuyo’ spread to encompass any social standing but this is now again a whole new level! AND I LOVE IT!

Try this Gourmet Tuyo Recipe and bring your plain tuyo (dried herring) to a whole new level . | wordpress-152313-459899.cloudwaysapps.comA bit of an info for my non-Filipino readers. ‘Tuyo’, meaning ‘dry’, is a kind of salted dried fish, usually herring. It has a pungent smell specially while being cooked, which is normally fried in oil. Here in Germany, they are also called ‘stinky fish’.  Outside Philippines, they could be available in Asian stores but I also saw them sold in Amazon in US.

Try this Gourmet Tuyo Recipe and bring your plain tuyo (dried herring) to a whole new level . | wordpress-152313-459899.cloudwaysapps.comI brought back a pack of ‘tuyo’ with me from the Philippines just so I could experiment with making gourmet tuyo. The thing is, it is not easy to cook ‘tuyo’ here because of the smell. Armin hates it (smell), of course, although he is always being nice and does not complain (so much). But I always try to keep the frequency to the minimum as I do not want our neighbors complaining 🙂 . This gourmet tuyo is actually a solution. I only have to cook all of it once and store the rest for future consumption! And I found out, based on my personal experience, that the gourmet tuyo gets better as the days past by. My bottle of gourmet tuyo has been sitting in the fridge for 10 days as of writing this post and the flavors are becoming more well blended and enhanced.

Try this Gourmet Tuyo Recipe and bring your plain tuyo (dried herring) to a whole new level . |

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Gourmet Tuyo (dried Herring) in Spicy oil
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Serves: 1 jar
  • 15-20 pieces Tuyo (dried herring)
  • vegetable oil for frying
  • 1 cup olive or sunflower or corn oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, cut into thin slices
  • 1 red hot chilli pepper (labuyo), cut into slants or 1 teaspoon chili flakes
  • 3 pieces bay leaves
  • 5-10 pieces peppercorns, slightly crushed
  • 10-20 pieces pickled olives, cut into circles (optional)
  • 1 tsp paprika powder
  1. Cut off the heads and fry the tuyo in hot oil over high heat until the scales start to come off a bit. Place fried tuyo on a plate with a paper towel.
  2. Remove the scales and soft parts. Can also be flaked and de-boned. Arrange the fried tuyo in a glass jar.
  3. In a saucepan under medium-high heat, combine the olive/sunflower/corn oil, garlic and red chili pepper, bay leaves, peppercorns and olives. Bring to a boil and add paprika powder. Cook just until the garlic becomes tender and slightly browned.
  4. Pour the oil mixture in the jar of tuyo, let it cool down before storing in the refrigerator. Store for a at least 3 days before serving to allow flavors to blend.
  5. Serve with steaming hot rice.
If you like olives, I highly recommend adding them. It adds a distinct, slightly tangy flavor that goes really well into the blend.

This recipe is only slightly hot and spicy, you can add more chili if you prefer it really spicy.

I also added some mild red chili, and crushed them a bit while cooking to add more color in oil.

You can also add some pickled green chili peppers that are not so spicy for munching on.
Try this Gourmet Tuyo Recipe and bring your plain tuyo (dried herring) to a whole new level . |


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  1. I tried this recipe and it’s so good! Will add more garlic and chili in my next batch. Thank you for sharing your recipe!

    Mabuhay ka!

    1. Hi JC, I think it should be ok for a long time outside the fridge if it has not been opened yet. How long exactly, I cannot say because it does not last that long in our house…????

  2. Hi, Bebs! try adding some teaspoons of distilled cane vinegar or white wine vinegar on your oil mixture while cooking it. Adding some thinly sliced pickles and carrots (sliced like flowerettes) will do great wonders. Deboning the tuyo would be a lot better than the bone-in. I discovered that removing the head and the remaining intestines, then fast rinsing in running water before frying will do the trick of removing the unsavory smell on the tuyo..just dry them well before frying…just some thoughts 🙂

  3. Hello, Bebs!

    I just printed your recipe. This will be my next project. Thank you for sharing. I’m EXCITED to make this. *^_^*

  4. Love this article! I am eating gourmet tuyo from another brand and felt very much curious on how to make it at home. Thanks for this!

    Hey, we are friends in IG! It’s good to see your page finally! – @eatsasmallworldph

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