Nilupak Recipe

Nilupak is a delicious Filipino treat made from cassava. This is enjoyed in the Philippines as a snack and it can also be considered as a dessert, sometimes. Other ingredients involved are grated or shredded coconut, condensed milk, and butter or margarine. There are other Nilupak versions that make use of saba banana.

The traditional Nilupak recipe requires the use of fresh cassava root. The cassava is peeled, cleaned, and boiled until the texture is soft. It is then mashed and the rest of the ingredients are combined and mixed, afterwards. I think that the name of this dish (nilupak) was derived from the traditional method of it’s preparation – nilupak is a Filipino word and it’s English translation is “to mash” or “to crush”.

This Nilupak Recipe that we have here is quite different from the traditional recipe mainly because of the state of the cassava available in the market. I only have access to frozen grated cassava, which are imported from the Philippines. Since it is not a good idea to boil grated or shredded cassava, we’ll be making nilupak over the stovetop. There will be no boiling involved, but the process will still be simple. As for the taste, it really good – it taste like Cassava cake with grated coconut in it.

Try this Nilupak Recipe. Enjoy!


Nilupak Recipe


  • 1 lb. grated cassava
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • 1 can (14 oz.) condensed milk
  • 3 tablespoons salted butter, softened
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Cooking Procedure

  1. Combine the grated cassava, shredded coconut, condensed milk, salt, and butter. Mix well.
  2. Place the mixture in a pan. Start to heat the pan and cook the mixture in low to medium heat for 20 to 25 minutes. Gradually stir the mixture while cooking.
  3. Scoop part of a mixture and place it in a mold such as a ramekin or small bowl. Drop the molded mixture in a serving plate lined with cut banana leaves and shredded coconut.
  4. Top with butter. Serve. Share and enjoy!

Number of servings (yield): 4

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Vanjo Merano

I blog about Filipino and Asian food and recipes.

13 thoughts on “Nilupak Recipe”

  1. Hi Sir.. Is there any substitute for a grated cassava.. Can i use tapioca flour instead ? I want to try making a cassava cake, can i use a tapioca flour. Thank you very much

  2. Thanks for sharing! I will also make my hometown versions of nilupak or niyubak na saksik (different kind of banana ) or galyang (different kind of root products similar to taro root). Those are awesome! Nothing compared !

  3. Hi kabayan! My heartfelt thanks for sharing your skills and recipes n cooking..such a talent! Will u pls tell me to where I could possibly buy ube powder and ube flavor here n hkg. Thank u. Blessings!

  4. sir vanjo, is there a difference in terms of taste and measurement when i use frozen grated cassava? thank you:)

  5. You are so nice after all the free recipe’s, you’re also giving free cookbook. God bless!

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