Ginataang Sitaw at Kalabasa with Crabs Recipe

Ginataang Sitaw at Kalabasa is a vegetable dish composed of Calabaza squash and string beans.The vegetables are cooked in coconut milk or coconut cream. Different kinds of seafood — sometimes meat is used to cook  this dish to add more flavor.

Ginataang Sitaw at Kalabasa with Crabs

There are many different variations of Ginataang Sitaw at Kalabasa, but this one is my favorite — because of the crabs. I like this dish better with alimasag (blue crabs); the flavor of the crabs blends well with the vegetables and coconut milk.

Everytime I cook this vegetable and crab recipe, I make sure to cook an extra cup of rice because the wonderful flavor of this dish always increases my appetite. I must control my rice intake though, so I limit myself to 2 cups of rice.

Try this Ginataang Sitaw at Kalabasa recipe and let me know what you think

Ginataang Sitaw at Kalabasa with Crabs Recipe
Nutrition Information
  • Serves: 8
  • Serving size: 8
    Prep time: 
    Cook time: 
    Total time: 
    • 4 lbs fresh blue crabs (alimasag)
    • 1 lb squash (calabaza), sliced into cubes
    • 1 bunch string beans (about 3 to 4 cups), cut into 2.5 inch length
    • 3 1/2 cups coconut milk
    • 1 1/2 tablespoons fish sauce
    • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
    • 1 medium onion, sliced
    • 2 teaspoons garlic, minced
    • 2 tablespoons cooking oil
    1. Heat a cooking pot and pour cooking oil.
    2. Saute garlic and onion.
    3. Add fish sauce and coconut cream, and then let boil.
    4. Put-in the ground black pepper, and then cook for 10 minutes in medium heat until the liquid reduces.
    5. Put-in the crabs and stir. Cook for 10 minutes.
    6. Add the squash (kalabasa) and cook until the squash becomes a little soft.
    7. Add the string beans, stir, and cook for 3 to 5 minutes.
    8. Turn the heat off and transfer to a serving plate.
    9. Serve with hot steamed rice.
    10. Share and enjoy!


    Watch the cooking video:


    1. Ronnie says:

      sarap nito. can i use dungarees crab instead?

    2. can I substitute green beans for the string beans in guinataang alimasag recipe?

      • I do not recommend doing that as it alters the overall texture and flavor of the dish. However, you can do that if you want especially if sitaw (string beans) is hard to find in your area.

    3. Christine says:

      Hi Vanjo! :)

      Thank u so much sa recipe…Malaking tulong nito skin kz step by step tlga at my video pa..

      GOD BLESS…

    4. Hi,

      i love the recipes here.

      my boyfriend loves every dish that i cook for him. :) thanks to Panlasang pinoy

    5. MommyJ says:

      Hi Vanjo! :)instead of alimasag anong pweding e-substitute? thank you po….

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