February 29, 2016


Pinoy Food Recipe Ginataang Tilapia
Pinoy Food Recipe : Ginataang Tilapia

The Philippines, being an archipelago, has numerous regions with a variety of specialty ingredients and dishes. One region in the north is well known in producing deep-fried pork with a crackling skin, exotic dishes abound in central Luzon while ceviché is widely prepared in the southern most region.

In southern Luzon, the use of coconut milk and chillies are the highlight of their dishes. Bicol region is famous for two iconic coconut dishes – Laing and Bicol Express, both uses coconut milk and chillies.

So with a craving of anything with coconut milk, I am sharing with you this delicious recipe – Ginataang Tilapia (Tilapia with Coconut Milk).

Pinoy Food Recipe Ginataang Tilapia
Ginataang Tilapia

Pinoy Food Recipe Ginataang Tilapia
Ingredients for Ginataang Tilapia
Ingredients :

2 Whole Tilapia (cleaned, no fish scale)

Coconut Milk

Pechay (Bok Choi - wash with cold water)

Ginger, sliced

Red Onions, sliced (though I prefer quartered)

Garlic, sliced

Long (Green) Chili, sliced (Long Chili, known as siling mahaba or siling haba)

Cornstarch for coating fish

Coconut Oil for deep frying

Salt and black ground pepper, to taste

Pinoy Food Recipe Ginataang Tilapia

Procedure :

1)    Season fish with salt and pepper then coat Tilapia with cornstarch. Shake off excess cornstarch and fry until slightly cooked – just sealing off the seasoning on the fish. Set aside for oil to drip.

2)    Sauté red onions and garlic then  toss ginger after a few minutes.

3)    Add coconut milk and bring to a boil. Gently lay fried tilapia while the coconut milk boils, about 2 to 3 minutes on each side.

4)   Add in pechay and long chili and simmer  for a few minutes, without over cooking the vegetables.

Enjoy this easy to cook fish dish, a Pinoy food recipe – Ginataang Tilapia (Tilapia with Coconut Milk).    

Cooking Tips :

Pinoy Food Recipe Ginataang Tilapia

If you wish a hotter version. Add in partial long chili when boiling the coconut milk. Then add the remaining chili when the fish is being simmered.

Pinoy Food Recipe Ginataang Tilapia

When choosing fish, look at the eyes. Choose the ones with clear (not cloudy eyes) and smells fresh. There are four Tilapia here and one has cloudy eyes, so do not buy those. 

Bok Choi Pinoy Food Recipe Ginataang Tilapia

There are numerous names and spelling variations for Bok Choi such as Bok Choy, Pak Choi and Pak Choy. In the Philippines, it’s called Baguio Pechay or Pechay Wombok.


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  1. OMG!!! How haven't I seen this recipe before. It is perfect for my low carb eating plan with fish, vegetables and coconut milk! What more could a girl want!

  2. I love tilapia! It is relatively inexpensive, light and easy to eat so I make it for my kids all the time. I like the unique flavours of this recipe. Will definitely give it a try, thanks for sharing :)

  3. I love anything cooked in coconut milk - and this is one of my favorites!

  4. Thank you for your message I always avoid eating food with coconut milk
    Because of thinking that it is not good for the heart.

    Thanks & Regards