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Kilawin Tuna

Kilawin is a popular way of cooking in the Philippines; its main ingredient is vinegar or calamansi juice. In this recipe, we are going to use cubed tuna. Kilawin is best served for drinking sessions as pulutan (finger food). This recipe is very easy to prepare, no complicated steps and we are going to use easy-to-find ingredients that I’m sure is always present in your kitchen well, maybe except for the tuna, haha but it can be found in the local groceries or if you live in General Santos City, Philippines, I’m sure it will never be a problem as it’s the Tuna Capital of the Philippines.

The main trick is to have the right tuna:citrus ratio to make it best-tasting.

Let’s start this drinking session now!


Kilawin Tuna


People to feed: 4-5
Preparation Time: 2 hrs
Cooking Time: n/a



1 lb tuna, cubed
4 pieces Siling labuyo or Chili pepper
1 long green pepper, sliced into rings
1 piece medium onion, sliced into rings
3 pieces garlic, minced
1 piece small ginger, minced
1/4 teaspoon white sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 pieces of lemon or 8 pieces calamansi
1 cup vinegar
A dash of ground black pepper (optional)
grape tomato (optional)


Cooking Procedure

  1. Mix the cubed tuna and vinegar in a large bowl.
  2. Let it stand for 3 minutes then drain the vinegar and set aside.
  3. Mix sugar, salt, garlic, ginger and lemon juice altogether.
  4. Add the cubed tuna and spice with pepper, onion and ground black pepper.
  5. Cover and place inside the fridge for 1 to 2 hours.
  6. Serve chilled.


This recipe is best served with beer. Cheers!!!


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