Food of the Philippines: Poached cream dory with tomato and basil



Poached Cream Dory with Tomato-Basil – You’ll Simply Be Amazed –

Many Filipinos love the taste of cream dory fish – but what about dory fish with chunky tomatoes and basil? you’ll simply be amazed at the taste of this amazing dish – and it’s all ready for the table in about 35 to 45 minutes… Enjoy!



  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 portions fish filet (cream dory)
  • 2 large ripe tomatoes – diced (also works well if you have about 6 small tomatoes)
  • 20 leaves fresh basil
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 3 pcs kalamansi
  • 4 cloves of garlic – minced
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Season fish with salt and pepper
  2. Coat a large pan with oil – Arrange fish flat on the pan – turn over once to coat both sides with oil
  3. Add wine – (Use a good white wine – something that you wouldn’t mind drinking)
  4. Sprinkle garlic over the entire pan
  5. Arrange tomatoes on top of each fillet – distribute portions equally
  6. Place pan on burner and bring liquids to a boil over medium-high heat – Once broth boils, turn heat to medium and cover pan with a sealed lid
  7. Cook fish for approximately 10 minutes or until it looks fluffy and the color is an opaque white
  8. Using a spatula – plate fish without dislodging the tomatoes on top –  Spoon sauce onto plate and over fish without disturbing the tomatoes
  9. Garnish generously with basil leaves and kalamansi over fish – Serve and Enjoy