Ginataang Hipon, Sitaw, at Kalabasa

Ginataang Hipon, Sitaw, at Kalabasa is a delicious shrimp and vegetable dish that you should try. As the name connotes, ginataan refers to any dish cooked in coconut milk or coconut cream. This dish makes use of shrimps with shells and head on, string beans, squash, and malunggay leaves (moringa).

Coconut milk is used in many Filipino recipes because it makes the dish richer and creamier. It also emphasizes the taste of the ingredients that you are using.

Aside from the flavor of the main ingredients, i am also using other ingredients that can help improve the overall flavor of the dish, as far as ginataan dishes are concerned. I am using shrimp paste or bagoong alamang for this recipe. Sometimes, I use fish sauce (patis) or bagoong isda. This depends on the primary ingredients that I am using.

Ginataan is best enjoyed with the staple food of the Philippines — rice. Steamed white rice is my preference.

Try this Ginataang Hipon, Sitaw, at Kalabasa Recipe. Let me know what you think.

Ginataang Hipon Sitaw at Kalabasa

Ginataang Hipon, Sitaw, at Kalabasa Recipe


  • 1 lb shrimp, cleaned
  • 10 strings beans (sitaw), cut into 2 1/2 inch length
  • 2 cups kalabasa (squash), cubed
  • 2 cups coconut milk
  • 1 medium yellow onion, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons bagoong alamang (shrimp paste)
  • 1 cup malunggay leaves
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 tablespoons cooking oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Cooking Procedure

  1. Heat oil in a cooking pot.
  2. Saute the garlic and onion until the onion becomes soft.
  3. Put-in the shrimp. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from the pot and set aside.
  4. Meanwhile, put-in the bagoong alamang and pour-in the coconut milk. Stir and let boil.
  5. Add the kalabasa. Cook for 8 to 12 minutes or until tender.
  6. Put the shrimp back in the pot. Stir and cook for a minute.
  7. Add the string beans (sitaw) and malunggay leaves. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes.
  8. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  9. Transfer to a serving plate. Serve.
  10. Share and enjoy!

Number of servings (yield): 4

Watch the cooking video:

Ginataang Kalabasa or Ginataang Sitaw? Call it whatever you want

Kalabasa (Calabaza or Squash; some also call this West Indian Pumpkin), string beans, and coconut milk are the main ingredients of this Filipino Vegetable Dish known as Ginataang Kalabasa at Sitaw.This is also called Ginataang Kalabasa or Ginataang Sitaw alone, Depending on which of the two vegetables are dominant. Whatever you want to call it is not really important. What is important is that you enjoy eating this dish.

I cooked this famous Filipino Vegetable dish last week for our family dinner. I was hesitant to make this at first because I cannot find crabs (alimasag) to compliment it. It is true that you can add anything such as meat or certain seafoods to make this dish taste better,but I got used to cook this recipe with crabs.

I was in a Mexican grocery that day, good thing they have mixed seafoods that they call Combinacion de Mariscos. It is basically composed of sliced squid, shrimp, mussels, and some artificial crab meat. I was thinking that adding mixed seafoods in Ginataang Kalabasa at Sitaw would be a fair substitute for the absence of real crab; it turned out to be better.

So whats the recipe? I won’t be giving exact measurements of ingredients this time because I trust your cooking abilities now. After all that we have been through for the last several months, I know that you already improved your skills. How about trying to make this dish using your taste buds as a guide?

Filipinos love to start cooking by sauteeing garlic and onions before anything else. That is what I did at first. I then poured-in the coconut milk and let is boil for a while before I added the kalabasa. When the kalabasa was almost done, I placed the mixed seafoods let it cooked for a few minutes before putting-in the sitaw. Sprinkling some salt and pepper to balance the taste was the last thing I did.

Sounds simple isn’t it? Cooking is only procedural at first, you need to trust your intuition, experience, and taste buds later on.

Have you cooked Ginataang Kalabasa at Sitaw lately? How was it?