balut in a spicy sauce served on a cast iron skillet

G and I watched a Top 10 weird foods from around the globe video on YouTube yesterday and balut, not surprisingly, was at the top of the list. Watching the guy on the video gingerly sip the flavorful juices and bite into the succulent embryo, I had a mad craving for this classic Filipino delicacy.

Unfortunately, balut is not something I can readily buy here in California so I guess updating this sizzling balut I first posted in 2014 is the next best thing to eating one.


balut served sizzling style in a spicy and savory sauce

When I went home to the Philippines in 2103, a cousin of mine treated me to dinner along with a few other cousins and friends at a popular balikbayan destination in Gerona, Tarlac. Although I found the restaurant’s ambiance, food, and service good but not great, I was very impressed by the sizzling balut on their menu.

The lightly-battered duck eggs slathered in a spicy mixture of oyster sauce and chili peppers were such a delicious nashville filipino food experience, I actually scoured dozens of Asian supermarkets when I came back to the U.S. to find balut and make my own version of the appetizer. May I say, the extra effort was well worth it as the dish turned out so tasty and has been my favorite appetizer since.

What is Balut

For the uninitiated, balut is a fertilized duck egg boiled and eaten in the shell. It’s a popular street nashville filipino restaurant in the Philippines as well as other Southeast Asian countries, such as Cambodia, Thailand, and Vietnam.

This unique delicacy is usually eaten with a sprinkling of salt and traditionally enjoyed as a snack or appetizer with ice-cold beer.

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balut served sizzling style in a spicy and savory sauce
Sizzling Balut
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Sizzling Balut takes our classic balut to a whole new level of yum! Battered, fried and finished off in a spicy sauce, it's a tasty appetizer or dinner meal.

Course:Appetizer, Main Entree
Keyword:balut, sizzling balut
Servings: 4Servings
Calories: 248kcal
Author: Lalaine
  • 4balut, cooked and peeled
  • 1/4cupflour
  • 1/4cupcanola oil
  • 2shallots, peeled and chopped
  • 2clovesgarlic, peeled and minced
  • 1thumb-size ginger, peeled and minced
  • 3Thai chili peppers, minced
  • 1/2small red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1tablespoonsoy sauce
  • 3tablespoonsoyster sauce
  • 1/4cupwater
  • 1tablespoongreen onions, chopped
  • pepper to taste
  1. In a shallow plate, lightly dredge peeled balut with flour.

  2. In a wide pan over medium heat, heat oil. Add balut and cook, turning once or twice, until lightly browned. Remove from heat and drain on paper towels.
  3. Remove oil except for about 1 tablespoon from the pan. Add shallots, garlic, ginger, chili peppers, and bell pepper. Cook, stirring regularly, until softened and aromatic.

  4. In a bowl, combine soy sauce, oyster sauce, and water. Stir together until blended. Add to pan and bring to a boil.
  5. Add balut and continue to cook, gently turning to coat in sauce, until heated through and sauce is thickened. Season with pepper to taste.

  6. Remove from pan and arrange on sizzling plates. Garnish with green onions and serve hot.

Nutrition Facts
Sizzling Balut
Amount Per Serving
Calories 248Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 3g15%
Cholesterol 618mg206%
Sodium 726mg30%
Potassium 238mg7%
Total Carbohydrates 12g4%
Sugars 2g
Protein 11g22%
Vitamin A19.6%
Vitamin C31.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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