Ginataang Salmon or Salmon sa Gata is a type of Filipino fish stew wherein salmon is used the main ingredient. The process involves stewing salmon in coconut milk mixture. Green leafy vegetables such as spinach can be added towards the end of the cooking process.
Any type of fish can be used to for this recipe. I utilized frozen salmon fillets for this demonstration. These were the ones that you can purchase from your local grocery store that were packaged in individual air-tight wraps. Make sure to thaw (defrost) it first before cooking. Salmon belly or even salmon head will work when used in this recipe. I mentioned in the video below that any fish variety of your choice can be used as a substitute to salmon. I have tried using boneless bangus, galunggong, and tilapia using this recipe. All of these instances went well.
Note that I am using a special coconut recipe mix for this recipe. It is called Knorr Ginataang Gulay Recipe Mix. This ingredient provides almost all the flavor to the dish. Notice that I did not use either salt nor fish sauce (patis)? I already got the flavors that I want for my ginataang isda. No need to add more, except probably for some ground black pepper to add a little zing to the dish.
Having green leafy vegetables on your Filipino ginataan dish is always a good idea. Spinach is the vegetable of my choice for this recipe. This is also what I had when I cooked ginataang tilapia. Malunggay leaves and hot pepper leaves are good alternatives to spinach.
Ginataang Salmon (Salmon in Coconut Milk) is best eaten with warm white rice. I love to have this meal for lunch. You can also cook it for dinner.
Ginataang Salmon (Salmon in Coconut Milk)
- 1 lb. Salmon fillet
- 1 45g pack Knorr Ginataang Gulay Recipe Mix
- 4 pieces long green chili pepper
- 3 to 4 pieces Thai chili pepper optional
- 1 bunch fresh spinach
- 1 medium onion sliced
- 4 cloves garlic crushed
- 3 tablespoons cooking oil
- 1 ½ cups water
- ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
- Salt to taste optional
- Heat oil in a cooking pot
- Sauté the garlic and onion once the oil gets hot. Continue to cook until the onion becomes soft.
- In a bowl, combine Knorr Ginataang Gulay Recipe mix and water. Stir until well blended. Pour the mixture into the cooking pot. Let boil.
- Add salmon fillet one-by-one along with the long green pepper and chili pepper. Cover the pot and then cook in medium heat for 5 to 8 minutes.
- Add spinach. Stir. Season with ground black pepper. You may add salt, if preferred.
- Cover the pot and cook for 2 to 3 minutes.
- Transfer to a serving plate. Serve with rice.
- Share and enjoy!