Nilagang Baboy

Nilagang Baboy or Pork Nilaga is translated as boiled pork in Filipino. This is a soup dish commonly served for lunch or dinner on regular days. Nilagang Baboy is eaten with steamed white rice and is best served with patis (fish sauce) and siling labuyo (birds eye chili).

If you have been cooking Filipino Recipes for a while, chances are that you know how to prepare Pork Nilaga. This is one of the easiest Filipino soup dishes that anyone can prepare. Although everything in the recipe seems so easy to do, you have to pay special attention to the texture of the pork in order for your Nilaga to be successful. Make sure to give enough time for the pork to become tender. This means that you will need to simmer it for a quarter of an hour to a little more than an hour.

You will notice that I started by sauteeing the onion, peppercorn, and pork. I am doing this because I wanted to extract the flavor from the said ingredients. If you prefer your Nilagang Baboy to be less oily, all you have to do is start by letting the broth (beef or pork) boil. You will then add the onion, peppercorn, and pork and boil them until the pork becomes tender. You can also omit the salt. Instead, add the fish sauce directly towards the end.

How do you cook your Nilagang Baboy? Try this Nilagang Baboy Recipe. Let me know what you think.

Pork Nilaga

Nilagang Baboy Recipe


  • 2 lbs. pork (belly or shoulder), cubed
  • 1 medium yellow onion
  • 1 medium cabbage, quartered
  • 2 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 4 pieces ripe saba banana, sliced in half crosswise
  • 6 to 8 cups beef or pork broth
  • 1 teaspoon whole peppercorn
  • Salt to taste
  • 3 tablespoons cooking oil

Cooking Procedure

  1. Heat the cooking oil in a deep cooking pot.
  2. Once the oil becomes hot, saute the onion.
  3. Add the whole pepper corn. Continue to cook for 20 seconds.
  4. Put-in the pork. Cook until the color turns light brown (about 3 to 5 minutes).
  5. Pour-in the beef or pork broth. Bring to a boil. Simmer for 45 to 60 minutes or until the pork becomes tender.
  6. Add the saba banana and potatoes. Stir and cook for 12 minutes.
  7. Put-in the cabbage. Add salt to taste. Stir. Cover and continue to cook for 3 minutes.
  8. Transfer to a serving bowl. Serve with a spicy fish sauce dipping sauce.
  9. Share and enjoy!

Number of servings (yield): 4

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  1. Hi kuya, I made your grilled liempo last night with ensaladang talong on the side, Nasira ang diet ko! Lol sarap

  2. Dhee Anne Joves says:

    Hi can i add sweet corn on this? will it ruin the taste?

    • R-nie says:

      yes, you can add sweet corn, i’ve had it with one before.
      no, it will not ruin the taste.

  3. francis Deocaris says:

    Hi, can I use calabasa instead of saba banana? Thamks.

  4. Bing Robinos Russick says:

    Thanks for sharing your Panlasang Pinoy Cooking. Love it. If I can not find a recipe on Nora Daza’s just click o to your Website. Great.

  5. Louie Veloso says:

    How many pork cubes can i put? and the measurements of water to put?? Thank you po!!

  6. corazon marcelo says:

    simple procedure but really delicious, I tried it and love it. The grilled pork belly was appreciated by my friends who attended my daughter’s birthday. send more recipes please.

  7. Carrie says:

    Am a try this tomorrow! Can’t wait!

  8. Revilla Cantano says:

    This is a big help to me especially that I have my canteen. Thanks a lot. More power.


  9. Really great recipe! Sadly make me think of a bland sinigang na baboy. Been too spoiled! XD
    Thanks for sharing! :)

  10. Joseph – you may use plantains, but it won’t give you the same sweetness as saba banana.

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