Gourmet in a Bottle: How To Cook Baby Bangus Sardines For Selling

Baby Bangus Sardines in a bottle!
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Cooking baby bangus (milkfish) sardines for selling can be a profitable business venture, especially if you are able to produce high-quality, delicious and well-presented sardines that customers love. So here is a guide on how to cook baby bangus sardines for selling.

Bangus is probably one of the cheapest fish in the market here in the Philippines. And the baby bangus is even cheaper, you can get them for about P140 per kilo as opposed to any other fish that might be as high as P180 P280. That’s why this fish is a mainstay in my weekly dinner menu.

And despite bones and all, we Pinoys love Bangus. It’s tasty, flavorful, and who doesn’t live for a slice of the most prized Bangus Belly?

So anyway, here’s a bottled Bangus sardines recipe. You can use this recipe for selling. In the past couple of years, Bottled anything has been creeping up to our daily lives, probably because a lot of people (read: moms) are getting busier and is now open to opening a bottle for lunch. Most of these are labeled as gourmet or “artisanal” haha so there’s less guilt. It’s a good way to earn money for moms like us especially if you enjoy cooking and feeding people.

Food Sanitation Tips

One thing I’d tell you before you start making the Bangus Sardines is to make sure that every surface and equipment thoroughly cleaned first to ensure that your food is safe for consumption. Applying the proper sanitizer to clean food-contact surfaces reduces the number of harmful microorganisms to safe levels. You can do this by using a 25 PPM disinfecting solution. Mix 6ml of chlorine per 20 kg of water and disinfect your tools for 3-5 minutes.

Baby Bangus Sardines


  • 1/3 cup salt
  • 3 cups water
  • 300 -350 grams fish
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 3 pcs onion (or shallots or native onions from La Union)
  • olive oil or corn oil (depends on your budget)
  • pickles  (I use whatever pickles I happen to have but those cute little whole pickles should make The Mayor happy)
  • carrots (sliced into rounds or if you’re feeling creative, design like hearts or flowers <<but think of the hungry kids of Mindanao before you do so, we don’t advocate food wastage!)
  • salt and black pepper

You will need:

Pressure cooker


  1. Clean your baby bangus fish and prepare vegetables.How to clean Baby Bangus SardinesGourmet in a Bottle: How To Cook Baby Bangus Sardines For Selling 1
  2. Combine salt and water. Soak cleaned fish for 10 to 15 minutes and drain. ( we need to remove as much water as we can from the fish.)Preparing and drying Baby Bangus Sardines
  3. In a bottle, add carrots, onions, garlic, and brined fish. Add oil and pickle relish. Season with salt and pepper. The oil should cover the ingredients. Add more oil if necessary. This will prevent molds in your sardines. ingredients for bangus sardinesBaby Bangus Sardines in tomato sauce.
  4. Arrange your bottles in the pressure cooker. Put a “dikin” (a ring stand?) so that your bottles does not touch the bottom of the pressure cooker.  Sometimes I use 2 layers of the handy dandy baby Lampin (swaddling clothes) or a small towel. Fill water up to the middle-ish of your bottles.  Cook for 45 minutes to 1 hour.
  5. Store submerge in oil in the sterilized bottles until ready to eat.

Tips for Cooking Baby Bangus Sardines for Selling

  1. Use fresh baby bangus sardines for the best taste and quality.
  2. Experiment with different spices and seasonings to find a flavor profile that appeals to your customers.
  3. If you have no pressure cooker, consider using a slow cooker to make the dish, as this will allow you to cook the baby bangus sardines more evenly and preserve their flavor.
  4. Use high-quality ingredients, such as high-quality soy sauce, to ensure the best taste.
  5. #ProTip Price your products accordingly. The basic formula is this:
how to compute your product price
(I got this screenshot at Ifoodala years ago. Credits to the one who shared it, sorry I forgot who the original sharer was). :(

Note: This recipe is a gateway recipe to making your own sardines recipe and creating your own version. You can add chili, capers, or olives, the more sosyal, the better. You can use other fish like Tunsoy or Tawilis, or who knows, try salmon, haha! I also have a slow-cooked version here:  Slow Cooked Spanish Style Adobong Bangus Sardines

This recipe is from  Chef Mira Angeles, @miralovestocook of the Spell Kitchen presented on #TheMayaKitchen Gourmet in a Bottle hands-on course. By following these tips and using good sanitation and preparation practices, you’ll be able to cook delicious and profitable baby bangus sardines for selling. Whether you’re cooking for a small gathering of friends or for a larger group of customers, this dish is sure to be a hit!

I’d love to see what you come up with. Share your finished product with me and I will share it on our FB page!

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