Tinolang Isda (Fish Ginger Soup) is perfect for lunch today.  It is pouring heavy rain in my place.  Classes and work are suspended due to tropical depression in my area.

So we are lazing around the house and I’ve got matambaka (big-eye scad fish) in the fridge.  What better way to cook it than having  a soup?

Tinolang Isda with Malungay (Fish Ginger Soup with Moringa Leaves), Tinolang Isda Recipe, Mom Food Blog

Tinolang Isda (Fish Ginger Soup)

Popularly known as tinolang isda in my country, this style of cooking is fast and very easy that is why this is very common way of cooking fish.  Fish is the star in this dish and it is cooked in water mixed with tomatoes, ginger, onions, scallions and added with lemongrass and chili for a more aromatic and tasteful result.

Tinolang Isda with Malungay (Fish Ginger Soup with Moringa Leaves), Tinolang Isda Recipe,Mom Food Blog

In this recipe, I added baby moringa leaves which is available in my home garden including lemongrass.  Other green leafy vegetables can be a substitute like spinach, pechay, water spinach or even green cabbage. Several other fishes can be a substitute as well in cooking this dish as long as they are fresh.

Best Fishes for this kind of Tinolang Isda (Fish Ginger Soup)

1. Matambaka or Big-eye scad fish

2. Tuna or blue marlin

3. Milkfish

4. Pompano and other fishes locally known as isda sa bato like snappers, jack/talakitok.


This recipe has very simple and easy to find ingredients.

Tinolang Isda with Malungay (Fish Ginger Soup with Moringa Leaves), Mom Food Blog

  1. Fish (I’m using matambaka or big-eye scad fish)
  2.  Tomatoes
  3. Ginger
  4. Onions
  5. Malunggay Leaves (You may substitute whatever green leafy veggies available to you)
  6. Lemongrass
  7. Scallions
  8. Salt

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Tinolang Isda (Fish Ginger Soup)

Tinolang Isda (Fish Ginger Soup) is a simple and easy to cook recipe wherein fish is mixed with tomatoes, ginger and other spices added with green leafy vegetable.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time20 minutes
Course: Soup
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: Mom Food Blog, Tinolang Isda (Fish Ginger Soup), Tinolang Isda With Malunggay
Servings: 4 people
Cost: $3


  • Cooking Pot


  • 2 lbs Matambaka or big-eye scad fish sliced in desired size
  • 2 medium size Tomatoes ripe and sliced in wedges
  • 1 medium size Ginger peeled and sliced
  • 2 small size Onions peeled and sliced
  • 2 stalks Scallions cut in 2 inches
  • 1 cup Malunggay leaves cleaned and stalks removed
  • 3 pcs Chili pepper
  • 4 cups Water
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 stalk Lemongrass


  • Put 4 cups of water in a soup pot. Let it boil.
  • Add the tomatoes, ginger, onions. Cover and let it cook for around 3 minutes.
  • Add the fish followed by the malunggay leaves and lemongrass.  Soak the leaves in the water. Let it reboil in a slow to medium heat.
  • Add the scallions, chili pepper and salt to taste. Mix and stir and boil for 2 minutes
  • Transfer to a serving soup bowl and serve it while warm. It is best complimented with rice.
  • Enjoy and happy eating!


Do not overcook the malunggay leaves for it will turn a bit bitter. Do not also overcook the fish for the bones will scatter and mix into your soup.
You may add seasonings like broth cubes or msg for added flavor if you want.  I did not add these to my recipe because the flavor is enough for me.