Ginataang Pusit

Ginataang Pusit or Squid cooked in coconut milk is a quick, easy, and delicious Filipino dish that I love to eat with warm rice. As I’ve d mentioned, this is quick and easy because it takes less than 30 minutes to prepare and the steps are simple and straightforward. Many people like this dish spicy (that includes myself); this is the reason why I have 4 pieces of Serrano peppers in the recipe. You can use Jalapeno pepper to make it spicier or you can also opt to not use any pepper or chili if you cannot handle the heat.

Small to medium sized squids are perfect for this recipe. Make sure that you wash the squid thoroughly and remove the ink sac so that the dish won’t turn black. If you insist to use large squid, try to slice it into pieces and cook it a bit longer.

Aside from fish sauce (patis), you can also use bagoong alamang for this recipe. I also like to use malunggay whether fresh or fresh frozen, but I understand that malunggay might not be available to everyone. If that is the case, you can use fresh spinach a substitute for malunggay.

Try this Ginataang Pusit Recipe. Let me know what you think.

Ginataang Pusit

Ginataang Pusit Recipe


  • 1 1/2 lbs. small to medium squid, cleaned
  • 2 cups coconut milk
  • 1 1/2 cups malunggay leaves
  • 4 pieces long green chili pepper
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons cooking oil

Watch the cooking video:

Cooking Procedure

  1. Heat the cooking oil in a cooking pan.
  2. Saute the garlic and onion until the onion becomes soft.
  3. Put-in the squid. Cook for 1 minute. Remove the squid, place in a clean plate, and set aside.
  4. Pour-in the coconut milk. Let boil.
  5. Add the fish sauce and green chili pepper. Simmer uncovered for 12 to 18 minutes or until the coconut milk becomes thick.
  6. Put the squid back in the pan. Add the malunggay leaves. Stir and cook for 5 minutes.
  7. Add the ground black pepper. Stir.
  8. Transfer to a serving plate.
  9. Serve with rice. Share and enjoy!

Number of servings (yield): 4


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  1. erica says:

    I wanna try it with jackfruit and okra? It that possible? I lived here in Seattle, WA. There is malunggay here but it takes us 2 hrs to drive going to filipino store with traffic.

  2. Hi! I’ve tried this & not bad. Taste good! I just add a bit of ginger pra mtgal lng ng knti ang langsa. Thanks for sharing your menu :-) more to come.

  3. Hi kuya! Thanks for the recipe. I live in Sweden and it`s really hard to fond filippino ingridients. So for those who’re in a similar situation, I used fresh babay spinach and it worked as well as malungay leaves :)

    • You are welcome, Kaye. I also do the same thing if I can’t get any malunggay leaves here in Chicago. Both greens are full of nutrients, its all boils down to which of the two is available when you need them.

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