Pantry Favorites – Bottled Tuyo

I’m starting a series called Pantry Favorites. These are my favorite Filipino products that I always keep in stock in my pantry. Today it’s San Sebastian’s Dried Herring (Tuyo) with garlic in olive oil.

Herring fish is salted and dried under the sun that’s why it’s called Tuyo (dried) in Filipino. Tuyo is then fried then bottled and filled with garlic and olive oil. This is a very convenient way of buying tuyo. You don’t have to bother with frying the fish and the strong smell that goes with it.

I like San Sebastian’s tuyo because it’s not very salty. It’s also firm yet tender. There is no fishy after taste. I’ve only seen this brand in Metro Gaisano supermarket, Pioneer Center supermarket and some kiosks in Market! Market!

P 95 a bottle

There are several ways of eating tuyo but the most common is to eat it for breakfast with Sinangag (garlic fried rice) and fried egg.

Sinangag or Garlic Fried Rice
2 cloves of garlic
1/4 tsp rock salt
1 cup rice, hot or cold
1 tablespoon Olive or Canola oil

1. Sprinkle rock salt on the garlic cloves. Use a knife and mash the salt into the garlic cloves.

2. Chop the garlic finely.

bamboo chopping board

3. Add oil to the teflon pan. If you use a regular pan you will need more oil.
4. Sauté the garlic until lightly browned. Be careful not to burn the garlic.
5. Add the rice and cook until the rice is thoroughly heated. Add salt to taste. Transfer to a plate and serve. Serves 1.

Rice is commonly eaten for breakfast in the Philippines. Tuyo is just one of the more popular viands for breakfast.

typical Filipino breakfast

Other ways of eating bottled tuyo:
1. Spread crackers or toasted baguette with olive oil and top with tuyo flakes.
2. Add finely chopped tuyo to Spaghetti al Olio for a subtle kick in flavor.
3. If you don’t have anchovies you can substitute it with tuyo.

San Sebastian products

Pioneer Center Supermarket
8006 Pioneer St., cor.
United St. Pasig City
telephone: 637-7033

Metro Gaisano Supermarket
Market! Market!
Basement Level
26th St. cor. C5,
Bonifacio Global City
Taguig Metro Manila
telephone: 818-6642

2 thoughts on “Pantry Favorites – Bottled Tuyo

  1. Les, u have to include the bottled fried garlic in olive oil that I always have Sha bring back.  I use that with steamed hot rice plus more olive oil to make a healthier version of sinangag.  No need to cut/fry garlic with rice and you use olive oil instead of regular oil.


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