Gourmet in A Bottle: Gourmet Tuyo Recipe -Step by Step Guide

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Learn how to make Gourmet Tuyo Recipe (dried herring) with this step-by-step guide for selling and home use with a step by step guide. This is also a great Pinoy Recipe for Christmas gifts! Gourmet Tuyo is a uniquely Philippine cuisine and a staple for Filipino breakfast. 

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One of my numerous ventures, particularly bustling around the festive season of Christmas, involves the delightful task of bottling an assortment of homemade goodies. This #racket, or #kumikitangkabuhayan as wais moms fondly call it, is not just a business but a labor of love, where I carefully prepare and sell these jars of joy to friends and family. 

These are not just gifts; they are thoughtfully crafted culinary treasures. Each jar, brimming with flavors, is a labor of love and passion I put into them. Whether it’s gourmet tuyo, seasoned tinapa, or a zesty atchara, they serve as the perfect presents for loved ones. 

More than just a convenience, these bottled delights, when paired with heaping mounds of fluffy rice, transform into a comforting, instant ulam. They’re the kind of soul-soothing sustenance that lifts your spirits, especially on days when you need a quick, delicious pick-me-up. This tradition of bottling and sharing not only spreads joy but also helps a lot of moms in earning at home.

I love this Bottled Gourmet Tuyo and this Gourmet Tuyo Olive Oil Version at Lazada if you don’t wanna go thru the hassle.

Want to cook it yourself? I’m sharing this basic recipe you can tweak and twist to your liking. This recipe is from  Chef Mira Angeles, @miralovestocook of the Spell Kitchen presented on #TheMayaKitchen Gourmet in a Bottle hands course.

Chef Mira is a lady after the #relaxlangmom heart, calling us to experiment and find our flavor when cooking. She is also a food activist, with advocacy for fishermen and sustainable food. <3 <3 <3

Bottled Tuyo Recipe


Gourmet in A Bottle: Gourmet Tuyo Recipe -Step by Step Guide 1

1/4 kilo tuyo (dried herring)

1/4 cup corn oil

1/4 cup olive oil

1 head garlic, crushed

labuyo, chopped (red hot chili peppers),  as needed

1/4 cup vinegar

1/2 teaspoon paprika (optional)


  1. Remove the head, tail, and soft parts of the tuyo.
  2. Fry in a little cooking oil and remove scales, bones, and other soft parts that may have been left behind.
  3. Arrange it in a large bottle or covered dish.
  4. In a casserole, heat corn oil and olive oil. Fry garlic until golden; add labuyo chilies and vinegar. Bring to a boil and add paprika. Pour over the tuyo.
  5. For personal use, cool and store in the refrigerator.
  6. For selling, loosely cover the bottle then arrange on a rack inside the pressure cooker. Pour water up the middle of the bottle. NOT submerged. Start counting to 15 minutes on the whistle. You can buy the bottles used here: Glass Bottles
  7. Wait until steam is released <<<IMPORTANT.
  8. Using a tong or cloth take out each bottle. Be careful, it’s hot! Seal thoroughly, then turn over to make sure there’s no leak and to release pressure. Put in a cool dry place. Turn over every day for the next 3 days. This also helps to mix the flavors.

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On oils: You can use Olive Oil, Canola, or Corn Oil. Olive oil is the best since it doesn’t freeze on the lower part of the refrigerator. Canola doesnt too, but it has a different smell. If you’re bottling and not using for consumption (hence no need to put on the ref), better to use corn oil.

On tuyo: Chef Mira recommends using Tunsoy variety instead of lapad because it doesn’t disintegrate as much after frying.

And, if you’re cooking for a bigger batch, I have another Bottled Tuyo Recipe here.

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Gourmet Tuyo Step by Step Guide

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