Dried Danggit fish also known as Dried Salted Rabbitfish, is a popular Filipino dried fish that is fried until crispy. This post is about How to Cook DRIED Danggit Fish, not FRESH danggit.
Most packaged dried danggit fish are butterflied and are very thin so they cook and burn quickly.
It is Lent Season and on Fridays Filipinos don't eat meat. This is a quick delicious meal to make.
Luckily, frozen dried fishes are available in Asian stores in the US. If not, it would be one food group that I will miss so much.
Dried danggit is among one of the favorite dried fish loved by Filipinos. As with any dried seafood, it is salty and best eaten with rice and vegetables.
Also, dipping fried danggit in spicy vinegar garlic dip or eating it with diced tomatoes is really good.
Tip in Cooking Dried Danggit
Dried danggit fish is fried until crispy. I’ve never seen any imported danggit labeled "already cooked". If you do, please cook it briefly in oil as it is unknown to us the sanitary conditions when it was prepared.
As we all know, dried seafood are place under the sun to dry. This is done all over the world.
I was watching a travel channel and Norway was featured. I was amazed to see row after row of fishes drying under the sun, same way other countries do it such as the Philippines.
Exposing food in open space, there are flies everywhere let alone dust in the air. So it is best to cook it.
Someone made a comment on my tuyo post that he doesn’t cook it since it is already cook. First of all, the label says to cook plus to avoid food poisoning it is best to cook it.
How to Cook Dried Danggit Fish
Fry danggit in oil over medium or medium-low heat.
Frying in high heat will make it curl and burn easily while cooking slow in low heat will cook it evenly and kill any bacteria if cooked longer.
Before removing from heat, raise temperature to high to crisp fish for a few seconds.
Should I Soak Dried Danggit in Water Before Frying?
My answer is YES and No.
Depending on the brand you buy, some are so dry that you might need to soak it in water for 10 minutes before frying. Dry it with paper towel before frying.
The one I get is quite moist so I don’t soak it in water. I did one time, it was falling apart and not as crisp after frying but it was less salty.
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How to Cook Dried Danggit Fish
- 1 package Dried Danggit
- 4 tablespoons oil
- Transfer package from freezer to fridge to thaw. It doesn’t take long. I don’t normally thaw them, as long as I am able to separate them apart then I’m ready to fry.
Frying in Low Heat (Slow Cooking in Low Heat)
- Heat oil over medium or medium to low heat.
- Fry each side for about 2 minutes. Then raise heat to crisp danggit. This is quick, maybe a few seconds.
- Remove from heat.
Frying in High Heat - Quick & Very Crispy
- Cook in high heat with 1 cup oil. Once oil is hot, cook danggit and do not overcrowd. It will curl and cook in a few seconds, about 10 to 15 seconds. Remove it quickly as it can burn easily.
- I prefer the slow and low heat way of cooking as it cooks evenly and longer, killing any bacteria present.
- Serve with rice, veggies and spicy vinegar garlic mix.