Pinakbet Recipe (Tagalog)

Pinakbet is a tasty vegetable dish made-up of different fresh vegetables, pork, and shrimp paste. This Pinakbet Recipe is a variation of the popular Tagalog version of this dish, Pakbet Ilokano, that originated from the Ilocos Region.

This Pinakbet recipe is comprised of different vegetables such as eggplant (talong), squash (kalabasa), sting beans (sitaw), ampalaya (bitter melon), okra, and others. Since there are quite a number of ingredients required, I usually carry a shopping list and buy the freshest produce from a nearby market on the day that I’ll cook them. When it comes to the Shrimp paste, I always buy an extra bottle from the Asian store so that I won’t run out of stock.

Before I forget…have that rice cooker going because you might need some extra rice. Oh…one more thing. Have a cold soda (soft drinks) on your side or some cold juice to get rid of that shrimpy taste after you’re done. You will suely love this Pinakbet recipe. Happy cooking!

Try this Pinakbet Recipe recipe and let me know what you think.


Pinakbet Recipe


  • 1/4 lb pork, thinly sliced
  • 1 large egg plant, sliced
  • 1 medium-sized bitter melon, chopped
  • 1/4 lb squash, chopped into 2×1 inch cubes
  • 3 pieces large tomato, sliced
  • 1 piece onion, chopped
  • 1 tbsp ginger, minced
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 6 to 8 pieces okra
  • 1 bunch string beans, cut in 3 inches length
  • 4 tbsp shrimp paste
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 tbsp cooking oil
  • salt and pepper

Watch the cooking video:

Cooking Procedure

  1. Heat the pan and put the cooking oil.
  2. When oil is hot enough, saute the garlic, ginger, onion, and tomato
  3. Add the pork and cook until color turns light brown (about 5 to 8 minutes)
  4. Put-in the shrimp paste and cook for 2 minutes.
  5. Add water and bring to a boil. Simmer for 10 to 15 minutes or until pork is tender
  6. Put-in the squash and cook for 5 to 7 minutes or until texture becomes soft
  7. Add the remaining vegetables and mix with the other ingredients.Simmer for 5 minutes or until all the vegetables are cooked. (Do not overcook the vegetables)
  8. Serve hot with steamed white rice. Share and Enjoy!

Number of servings (yield): 4

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  1. Pinakbet is a very yummy dish and this is one of my favorites. I have to c0ment, though. For us Ilocanos, we do n0t use ginger for pinakbet. And we prefer using sweet potato or kam0te because of the sweet taste, instead of squash. Anyways, squash is a variation and is equally palatable.

  2. prettiness says:

    I have to comment at least, to thank you kuya for teaching us this different recipe you got here. I’ve learned so much from your website and their so easy to follow. Very much needed to our every day meals (specially on my case I just got married) that is healthy yet budgetwise like this one. Because here in manila, budget pakbet veggie packs are already available at every groceries. Just have to season them well at home. I have recipe books pa nga eh just to learn how to cook. But I thought I just cant cook. Pero now. Learning this website. I’ve learned how to cook “delicious” food na. Hahaha! Amazing how my dishes tastes good now. Thanks to you with your videos ^^

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  4. jun alejo says:

    this is one my favorite! thanks for sharing this recipe, GOD BLESS^_^

  5. diane says:

    ano pong main difference in taste nito sa Pakbet recipe (Ilokano?)

    thank you kuya 😀

  6. conn cosio says:

    I used to cook this dish when I’m in the Philippines,
    I really miss pinakbet!
    Thanks kuya for all of your recipes!

  7. juliette enriquez asinas says:

    wow, pakbet is really a very delicious dish. i love it,

  8. juliette enriquez says:

    pakbet is really yummy, ilove it.

  9. wow, i love pakbet! a couple of months ago i was craving for this dish and had to call my mom overseas to ask for the recipe! hahaha! thanx for posting!

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