Igado Recipe

Igado is a popular Ilocano dish made from pork tenderloin and pig’s innards such as liver, kidney, heart. This is definitely one of the best Filipino foods around – in my opinion. However, some might still need to acquire a taste for it.

Igado Recipe

I’m not sure where the name “Igado” was derived from. Higado is a Spanish word for liver, it might be possible that this dish was named after it; don’t you think?

Since this dish deals with pig’s innards, it is important to make sure that the ingredients that you are using are clean. I usually clean the liver and kidney with running water before slicing; this washes away the impurities (but do not overdo it or you’ll lose the taste). As for the kidneys, I soak it in water with salt for 10 minutes after slicing in order to reduce the odor.

How do you cook your Igado? Do you have other tips to share?

Igado Recipe
Nutrition Information
  • Serves: 4
  • Serving size: 4
    Prep time: 
    Cook time: 
    Total time: 
    • 2 lbs. pork tenderloin, sliced into 2 inch strips
    • 1/2 lb pig's liver
    • 1/2 lb pig's kidney
    • 1 1/2 cups green pea
    • 1 medium-sized carrot, cut into strips
    • 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
    • 1 medium-sized onion, diced
    • 1 large red bell pepper, cut into strips
    • 3 pieces dried bay leaves
    • 6 tablespoons soy sauce
    • 5 tablespoons vinegar
    • 1 1/4 cup water
    • 2 tablespoons cooking oil
    • Salt and pepper to taste
    1. Heat the cooking pot and pour-in the cooking oil.
    2. When the oil is hot enough, sauté the garlic and onions.
    3. Add the pork tenderloin and continue cooking until the color of the outer part turns light brown.
    4. Pour-in the soy sauce and water then simmer until the pork is tender.
    5. Add the pig’s kidney, dried bay leaves, salt, and pepper and simmer for 10 minutes.
    6. Add the pig’s liver and vinegar then simmer for another 10 minutes.
    7. Put-in the carrots and simmer for 3 minutes.
    8. Add the green pea and red bell pepper and simmer for 3 to 5 minutes. Allow the liquid to evaporate to thicken the remaining sauce.
    9. Transfer to a serving plate then serve.
    10. Share and Enjoy!


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    1. Igado was very delicious if you will add cheese. When I was in college my landlady used to cook this for us. Try it and it’s really amazing taste!

      • teddie says:

        thank you so much for sharing this kind of menu itsvery easy to cook and delicious,nice to recomended for any filipino party…

    2. Whilst prepp’ing mine, i let the kidney and liver soak in the soy & vineagar. I then cook the whole lot in a fissler pressure cooker for 20mins. So TENDER YUM!!

    3. Brenda says:

      thanks sa panlasang pinoy, nadagdagan n nman ang recipe ko…yepeeeyyyy!!!

    4. Cecille Diego says:

      Thank you for this version. Simple and easy. I, too, will add carrots and potatoes and beef liver (from liver and onions recipe). cecille, san antonio, tx

    5. aryanavince says:

      sooo happy i found this website! i only knew how to fry hotdogs and eggs before but with the help of this website i learned how to cook like a pro! i’m engaged so i’m a bit pressured to learn how to cook..i wouldn’t want my hubby to eat hotdogs and eggs everyday..thank you pamlasang pinoy!

    6. hello po kuya i’ve tried this menu and it was really good and easy to cook . another added menu for my family’s favorite food . more power…..

    7. This is almost perfect. However, the authentic ilocano igado requires native garlic and sukang iloco and a little of ilocano bagoong (fish)sauce. Great site to learn cooking!

    8. Hello Vanjo,

      Thnx muchos for all your wonderful recipes esp. the “IGADO”. My late father used to cook this for me and my sisters on weekends. As I was growing up, I asked him to share his secrets in cooking but he refused. Up until now, i never learned how to cook this delicious recipe.

      God bless you! This means a lot to me. It will always remind me of my father and all the yummy foods he used to cook for us.

    9. Shonoki says:

      Hello! I tried this recipe earlier. dinagdagan ko ng cheese on top and mas lalong sumarap! 😀

    10. thanx u so much! nadagdagan nnman ang recipe ko he he he… godblesss

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