Ginataang Tilapia Recipe

Ginataan (or guinataan) is a Filipino cooking method that means “cooked in coconut milk”. Ginataang Tilapia is a dish where Tilapia (a fish belonging to the tilapiine cichlid tribe) is cooked in coconut milk (or cream) and served with banana peppers. This method is popularized by the Bicolanos, the fifth-largest Filipino ethnolinguistic group that lives in the southern islands of Luzon. There are many other ingredients that can be cooked with Coconut milk but my taste buds are craving for Tilapia as of the moment. I can’t wait to put my hands on this yummy fish. Try this Delicious Ginataang Tilapia Recipe and let me know what you think.

Ginataang Tilapia

Ginataang Tilapia Recipe


  • 2 lbs tilapia, cleaned (about 1 kilo or 2 to 3 pcs)
  • 3 cups coconut cream
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 medium onion, finely sliced
  • 1 knob ginger, cut into strips
  • 1-2 banana pepper or finger chili
  • 1 tbsp. fish sauce (patis)
  • 1 tbsp shrimp paste (bagoong)
  • ¼ cup cooking oil
  • 2 cups fresh spinach

Cooking Procedure

  1. Sauté garlic, ginger, and onions in hot oil
  2. Add the shrimp paste and fish sauce
  3. Pour in the coconut cream and stir until natural oil from the coconut cream comes out
  4. Add the banana pepper and simmer for 3 to 5 minutes
  5. Lower the heat and add the tilapia and Simmer for 7 to 10 minutes
  6. Add the spinach and simmer for about a minute
  7. Serve Hot. Share and Enjoy!

Number of servings (yield): 4


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  1. Liza Fe says:

    thank you very much…your reioes are so simple but sooo wonnnderrrrful!

  2. Nice site…i love tilapia a lot kc malaman cya pero prito lng, try to cook your ginataang tilapia this holy week , ask ko lng wat sa tagalog ang banana pepper? thnks God bless

  3. liza edpao says:

    can u please send me the recipe for …..its like palitaw but has sweet sauce with latik i dont know if they call it latik like palitaw that comes with latik in juice or sauce, its a desert.

  4. I really love your website Kuya. I just got married and this site really helps me. When I was still single I never knew how to cook. LOL. Thats because I was workaholic… So, Thank you sooo much.

  5. Thanks Betty. Appreciate it. Keep on cooking!

  6. Robelyn, just sent my answer via email. Please check it out.