Canned Tuna Paksiw: One-Pot Meal

Paksiw is a Filipino dish, which means to cook and simmer in vinegar. Over the years, this manner of cooking has evolved to include pork, and chicken meat, and even lechon, but originally fish is the main ingredient.

Nowadays, living in the city and having a hectic life, we are often faced with not having the time to buy and prepare meat or fresh fish. Sometimes, we only have a few minutes to spare, just enough to drop by a convenience store where meats are canned. I’m guilty of this, however, reality bites.

So, I’ve come up with this recipe to solve my time problem and still provide healthy meal for my family. This is a very quick, one-pot recipe; healthy and nutritious.

tuna with bitter gourd

Canned Tuna Paksiw: One-Pot Meal


  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 large onion
  • 1 large slice of ginger
  • 1 tsp whole peppercorn
  • 1 can tuna ***in vegetable oil works better
  • slices of eggplant
  • slices of bitter gourd ***amount of vegetables depends on your preference


  • Coat the slices of bitter gourd with salt, and let it sit for at least 10 minutes before thoroughly washing the salt off. This will lessen the bitterness.
  • In a pot, put all ingredients.
  • Over mediun heat, cook and simmer for at least 5 minutes.
  • Taste it. Add sugar, or salt, or vinegar as needed.



  1. For bigger serving double the recipe.
  2. The combination of vinegar, sugar, and bitterness from bittermelon should give the recipe a certain tart taste right off the bat, a bit of bitter aftertaste, and a swe
  3. Bitter gourd can be skipped if you dislike it. 
Happy eating!

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