Simple Baked Fish Steak

Simple Baked Fish Steak Recipe |

A week back, I had a disastrous attempt at baking fish, specifically Cream Dory. It was honestly the cheapest fillet I could find, so I thought, why not. Well, it was awful. It didn’t keep its shape, its texture was like some slimy watered-down fish (not that that makes sense), not to mention half of the frozen portion was just water.

So I asked for suggestions on Instagram, and I received generous replies, both on comments and through direct messages. As soon as I got to the grocery the following weekend, I tried to find them fishes.

Gosh, most were not sourced locally so those were expensive. Like, a pound or so of frozen Gindara was about P1000+ (US$20~), and so were Bacalao and some cod fish. My mental budget per homecooked meal is about P200, and I only go for about P400 (<US$10) if I’m using salmon.

I mean, I would spend about P800-1,000 to dine at a good restaurant, but I can’t seem to wrap my head around paying that much and still do the kitchen slavery cooking!

The cheapest I could find was tanigue (based on Google, this is some kind of Spanish mackerel fish) which they also offered fresh, because we have it locally. Still, I got two pieces tanigue (fish steak cut) for over P350.

Decided to give it a try with almost the same mixture as what I did with the Cream Dory, and it turned out wonderful. When cooked right, it was meaty and yet juicy, probably similar to that of a chicken drumstick.

Simple Baked Tanigue Recipe on

I would say this is a good choice if you want a light, simple fish meal, nothing too elaborate. And best of all, you can have this without rice if you’re on a low-carb diet (or now that it’s Lenten Season, in some form of fasting and abstinence).

Since we need veggies in our plate, I simply added french beans on the baking pan, around the fish, seasoned it with salt, and baked them together. A doesn’t like buttered vegetables with buttered fish, as it’s too greasy / oily. It looked overcooked and wilted when it came out, but surprisingly still crunchy. Looks can be deceiving!

Simple Baked Fish Steak

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 2 fish steaks about 1/2 inch thick
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1-2 tsp dried rosemary (more if you’re using fresh)
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 220C. Pat dry fish steaks with paper towel. Season with salt and pepper, and set aside.
  2. Melt butter if not already melted, mix in garlic, rosemary, and lemon juice.
  3. Line pan with baking sheet, or use nonstick ones. Brush about 1-2 tsp of butter mixture, and then place fish steaks. Drizzle remaining butter mixture on top of steaks. (Optional: Add your preferred vegetables around the fish to cook at the same time, season with salt and/or pepper.)
  4. Bake for 15 minutes or until fish is cooked through. Serve with an optional garnish of parsley.

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