12 (+ 8 more) Filipino Food to Have During the Holy Week

It has been a practice among Roman Catholics to abstain from eating meat every Friday during lent, and the entire holy week. It is not recommended to eat pork, chicken, beef and other types of meat during this time of the year.

However, you can always consume vegetables and seafood. Since lent is a time to reflect and focus on spiritual health, let me help you a bit by suggesting some dishes that you can prepare for this week so that you can concentrate on more important things.

The original article suggests 12 dishes; I added 8 more dishes and provided the links for the recipes, for your convenience.

May you find inner peace and be able to reflect on your relationship with our creator.

Here are the (12 + 8 more) Filipino food that can help nourish your body for this season:


1. Ginataang Tilapia

Ginataang Tilapia_
Ginataang Tilapia is a delicious dish where Tilapia is cooked in coconut milk (or cream) and served with banana peppers.


2. Inihaw na Pusit

Inihaw na Pusit (grilled squid) is a simple tasty dish that can be prepared quickly. It is best eaten with a spiced vinegar dip.


3. Ginisang Ampalaya (w/egg)

Ginisang Ampalaya
Ginisang Amapalaya is a dish composed of sauteed bitter melon or bitter gourd, tomato, onions, and beaten eggs. This is simply nutritious.


4. Sinigang na Hipon

Sinigang na Hipon
Sinigang na Hipon or Shrimp in Sour Soup can be considered as a comfort food among Filipinos. It is flavorful and very easy to prepare.

5. Atcharang Papaya

Atcharang Papaya is the Filipino version of Sauerkraut. It is sweet and sour at the same time, though this makes use of green (unripe) papaya.

6. Lumpiang Sariwa

lumpiang sariwa recipe
Lumpiang Sariwa or Fresh spring rolls is a perfect dish for lent. Although the original recipe makes use of pork, you can make your version for the holy week by not using pork or any meat ingredient.

7. Tortang Talong

Tortang Talong
Tortang Talong is a type of Filipino eggplant omelet. It is a quick and easy-to-make dish that I usually eat with banana ketchup and white rice.

8. Ginisang Togue

Ginisang Togue or Sauteed Mung Bean Sprouts with Tofu and Vegetables is something that you might consider for lent. It is nutritious and delicious.

9. Buttered Garlic Shrimp

Garlic Butter Shrimp
Garlic Butter Shrimp is shrimp stir-fried in butter and garlic. You can complete this dish in less than 20 minutes.


10. Steamed Lapu-lapu

Steamed Fish or steamed lapu-lapu (grouper) is one of my favorites because it is tasty and the dish does not taste too fishy at all. It might be because of all the citrus blend that was added. It is simple and good!


11. Sardines with Misua and Patola

Misua with Sardines and Patola
Sardines (in tomato sauce) with flour noodles, and loofah is what this dish is about. Flavorful, budget-friendly, and practical.


12. Ginataang Sitaw at Kalabasa with Crab

Ginataang Sitaw at Kalabasa with Crabs
Crab, string beans, and calabaza squash cooked in coconut milk — OMG!  This is one of my personal favorites. I am sure that most of you feel the same way. Give this a try and let’s see what you think.


 Here are the additional 8 that I hand-picked for you:

1. Tuyo with Rice and Tomato




2. Kangkong in Oyster Sauce

Kangkong with Oyster Sauce Recipe



3. Vegetarian Pancit Canton

Vegetaraian Pancit Canton



4. Sipo Eggs

Sipo Eggs



5. Bulanglang




6. Scallop Chop Suey Recipe

Scallop Chop Suey



7. Inihaw na Tilapia

Inihaw na Tilapia



8. Monggo Guisado with Dilis and Malunggay

Monggo Guisado with Dilis and Malunggay


Have a blessed lent!

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  1. Nida Jusay says:

    Thank you so much for sharing. I always go and check with your recipes whenever I need them.
    I like all the menus and will definitely cook them. Happy Easter, God bless!

  2. Laura V. Cespon says:

    Hi Vanjo, congratulations, your recipes are nutritious and healthy plus affordable. I compiled these for easy access. Please keep them coming. Thank you.

  3. Thank you so much for sharing your recipes,i love it & i enjoy cooking! More power & more recipes to come

  4. jonalyn says:

    lumpiang sariwa here i come1:) Thanks vanjo

  5. Emelyn says:


    Thanks you so for your recipe it’s a big help for me if I want something to cook I just follow ur colomm

  6. Marife says:

    Thanks you I love all you’re recipes

  7. thess sanchez says:

    Thank you for sharing.. I love your recipes. God bless you and keep on posting.

  8. Maria elena colico says:

    Thanks for sharing godbless always

  9. Annette Feliciano says:

    Thank you for sharing these simple and easy to cook but very tasty recipes. I keep a file of all your recipes for easy access when I need them. Keep them coming!

  10. Evelyn says:

    I follow your recipes and enjoy cooking and eating them. I appreciate your Filipino food research.

  11. Joanne says:

    Thank you so much. I like all your recipes . God bless you!

  12. Ning Palm says:

    thanks for the recipe..i’m loving all of it.

  13. perry padilla says:

    It’s a big help your suggested dish for the Holy week. So simple dishes that anyone can afford. Appreciate it very much..

  14. Danny says:

    thanks Vanjo for sharing, you’re the best

  15. Hi Vanjo

    Thank you for sharing your cooking expertise. Through your step-by-step video demo, I am now slowly able to prepare some foods that I only wish I knew how to in the past.

    God bless….

  16. Teresa Laws says:

    Many thanks for all the scrumptious dishes you’ve posted. it’s been a great experience for beginners like me to learn and create appetizing dishes for the family and friends.

  17. mae ann says:

    A blessed week to you, too. Thanks for reminding us of food alternatives for the week ahead, Vanjo.

  18. zel beroi says:

    Thanks for sharing your recipes ! It really helps a lot. God bless

  19. marilyn mendoza says:

    Thanks vanjo for sharing this recipes that suit for lenten season.i love all of this..

  20. mae rabago says:

    Thank you for sharing vanjo…your excellent chef cook…i like ur recipes its affordable & easy to cook…God bless & more power!!!

  21. Emmanuel Arcilla Jr. says:

    Thank you for sharing, my family will surely love this kind of menu for this coming Lenten season. Thanks again, god bless and more power. I’m one of your fan, in terms of cooking. God bless again.

  22. Gloria Chen says:

    Thank you so much for sharing your recipes… God bless!!!

  23. manuela garcia says:

    Thank you !!

  24. Thanks so much for this. It really help think easier what to cook this holy week. I appreciate it.

  25. Lydia T.Herrero says:

    Thanks for sharing me your recipes. Ienjoy watching your videos, i already tried some of your recipes and my family really appreciated it.. thanks so much

  26. Joy Abinales says:

    Thank you for all the recipes you’ve shared. Will definitely try cooking those dishes. Have a nice Holy Week and God bless always.!

  27. Jenny Gydesen says:

    Thank’s vanjo , you are the Best

  28. feyah briones says:

    Thank you so much yummy food

  29. jamela says:

    Thanks for sharin.

  30. Thanks so much for sharing, Vanjo! God bless you.

  31. Jimmie says:

    Thank you so much, I love all your postings, but am so sorry for some ingredients could not be easily buy where I am…..I can do all of these if I am in Pinas….anyway just keep postings……greatly appreciated Kababayan……

  32. Love all the recipes….thanks and God bless you more

  33. Lagrimas Brooks says:

    Thanks for the recipes Vanjo, I already made me some of these recipes since the start of the Holy Week. I appreciate that you added more than I could have think of. I sure will keep cooking these recipes when I get cravings for them.

  34. Lppuzon says:

    Thanks Vanjo for making me cook with taste. Love all your recipes! Keep up the good work!

    • Marilyn Blanchette says:

      Although I’m not Catholic, (we still enjoy the meat while celebrating lent), I love everything you have posted and will be good anytime of year. I especially love the “inihaw na Pusit”. I can actually get those big gigantic squid at our local Asian market. I can’t wait to try it! Thanks!

  35. Josie says:

    Thank you for sharing vanjo! You’re the best! Godbless!!

  36. Mylene says:

    Thanks for sharing!!!

  37. you can probably have seafood pasta.

    • thank you for sharing in many kinds of menus. I personally jot down the ingredients and cook it for the family. I follows ur columns regularly and filed as my Recipe studies. tenk u so much

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