Sinigang na Hipon Recipe

Sinigang na Hipon is a Filipino sour soup dish, with shrimp as the main ingredient. Sinigang pertains to a method of cooking soups that incorporates souring agents.

Sinigang na Hipon is easily prepare by cooking the shrimp and vegetables in boiling water. The souring agent (whether natural or in powdered form) are added in the middle of the process. The commonly used souring agent is tamarind. However, other fruits such as guava, tomato, bilimbi (known as kamias), green mango, pineapple, and wild mangosteen (santol) can also be used.

Similar to the previous sinigang dishes that we featured (Sinigang na ulo ng Salmon and Pork Sinigang), Sinigang na Hipon is best eaten with rice with fish sauce (patis) on the side. I usually cook this dish whenever I feel nostalgic or when the weather is cold. For example: today, the temperature is dropping again somewhat signaling for the coming of winter.

For those of you who are trying this dish for the first time, it is recommended that you use shrimp with shell head on because the flavor is still intact. Using shrimps without shell and head has lesser flavor.

Try this comforting Sinigang na Hipon recipe and let me know what you think.

Sinigang na Hipon

Sinigang na Hipon Recipe


  • 1 1/2 lb shrimp (with head)
  • 1 bunch water spinach (kangkong), cut in 3 inch length
  • 1 cup string beans (sitaw), cut in 2 inch length
  • 2 pieces medium-sized tomatoes, quartered
  • 1 large white onion, quartered
  • 8 cups water
  • 1 pack sinigang mix (tamarind soup base mix), about 1.4 ounce
  • 2 pieces banana pepper (or long green pepper)
  • 3 tbsp fish sauce (patis)

Watch the cooking video:

Cooking Procedure

  1. Pour the water in a large cooking pot and bring to a boil
  2. Add onions and tomatoes and cook until texture becomes soft
  3. Put-in the sinigang mix and simmer for 2 minutes
  4. Add the banana pepper and string beans and simmer for 3 minutes
  5. Add the shrimps and fish sauce then simmer for 5 minutes
  6. Add the water spinach, turn the heat off, and cover the pot. Let stand for 5 minutes.
  7. Serve hot. Share and Enjoy!

Number of servings (yield): 4


  1. PJ de Leon says

    I followed this recipe and masarap! :) I added radish and everyone loves it! Thanks for this easy yet sumptuous recipe!

  2. Jheng says

    I praise and thank the Lord for people like you who’d love to cook and share your cooking skills. I must say that i used to hate cooking bec of frustrations. Before kasi, hindi makain ang mga luto ko as in derecho trash can. But now, thanks to panlasang pinoy, i love and enjoy cooking na and syempre may hubby and son loved it na din. Kudos Mr and Mrs Merano. Keep cooking and sharing. Clap clap

  3. mars says

    My girlfriend like to have this with our dinner. Mamamalengke n ko… Hehehe.. Thanks for the recipe…

  4. jordan says

    This is really good! i tried adding radish and a bit of chili flakes to give it a zing! thanks for sharing your recipes! =)

  5. Benjamin Garcia says

    This is my first time to cook,my girl fried love it and she kissed me.:) thank you for this site!!!i’m looking forward to your next recipes.more power to you godbless…:)


  6. Brooke says

    Just tried this recipe tonight. My boyfriend loved it! I’m learning to cook because of your site. More power to you. Thanks a lot! :)

  7. Vanessa says


    Another great recipe. In some recipes I’ve seen people saute onion and garlic before adding the shrimp or pork or whatever they use with the sinigang. I’m just wondering what’s the difference between boiling the water then adding the onions and sauteing it?


    Keep up the good work ;]


  8. Lheeza says

    Hello po ulit…just stopping by to say thank you for the recipe, i tried sinigang n hipon last night adding a little bit more of sinigang mix & green pepper, me & my daughter had a great dinner enjoyed sipping the soup together while her father can’t stop looking us w/ jealous!hahahahaha…


  9. says

    Sinigang is one of favorite Dish. Any meat that will be included in sinigang will be great especially pork.

    Shrimp is another good ingredient in sinigang.

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