Ginataang Tilapia Recipe

This Ginataang Tilapia Recipe is really yummy. 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 Ginataang Tilapia as of the moment. I can’t wait to put my hands on this yummy fish.

Ginataang Tilapia

Try this Delicious Ginataang Tilapia Recipe and let me know what you think.

Ginataang Tilapia Recipe
Nutrition Information
  • Serves: 3
  • Serving size: 3
    Cuisine: Filipino Recipe
    Prep time: 
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    • 2 lbs tilapia, cleaned (about 1 kilo)
    • 2 cups coconut cream
    • 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
    • 1 medium onion, finely sliced
    • 1 knob ginger, cut into strips
    • 1-2 banana pepper or finger chili
    • 1½ tbsp. fish sauce (patis)
    • 4 pieces red chilli pepper (optional)
    • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
    • 2 cups fresh spinach
    • 2 tablespoons cooking oil
    1. Heat the cooking oil in a cooking pot.
    2. Sauté the onion, garlic, and ginger in the hot oil
    3. Once the onion become soft, add the fish sauce and ground black pepper. Stir.
    4. Pour in the coconut cream and stir. Let boil and cover. Simmer for 5 minutes.
    5. Add the banana pepper and tilapia. Cover and simmer for 30 to 35 minutes. Add some water if needed.
    6. Put-in the red chillies. Cook for 3 minutes.
    7. Add the spinach and simmer for about a minute.
    8. Transfer to a serving plate.
    9. Serve Hot. Share and Enjoy!


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    1. 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.

    2. 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.

    3. 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

    4. Liza Fe says:

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

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