Ginataang kalabasa or squash with coconut milk is one of the simplest Filipino vegetable recipes. This recipe has more pork in it, half of the amount of squash so it is more meaty. And when selecting or buying squash, look for young squash with the greenish colored peel and not brown because it is already tough and flesh is very firm.
The young squash flesh should be yellow and a bit greenish on the edges of the peel when you slice it in half. If the flesh is dark orange, it is already mature and has lots of tough fibers. And with regard to the coconut milk, as much as possible buy them fresh which are often available in the wet market. It usually sold in small plastic bags or you can make your own by extracting the grated mature coconuts. It is a little tedious but the taste is worth the effort.
How to Cook Ginataang Kalabasa (Squash with Coconut Milk)
- 1/2 kilo squash
- 1/4 kilo pork belly liempo, slice into cubes
- 2 cups coconut milk
- 1 Tbsp. shrimp paste bagoong alamang
- 2 Tbsp. cooking oil
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 1 medium size red onion chopped
- 1 medium sized tomato chopped
- 1 tsp. Magic Sarap or any granulated seasoning
How to Cook Ginataang Kalabasa
- Wash, peel and remove the seeds of the squash. Slice into 1 inch size then set aside.
- In an empty wok, heat oil and saute garlic, onion and tomato.
- When the onion and tomato is already cooked, add the pork belly and stir fry for a few minutes until the pork is light brown.
- Then add the shrimp paste and stir fry for a few minutes then add the squash.
- Stir fry again until the squash turns to bright yellow or orange depending on the kind of squash you bought.
- Then pour the coconut milk, add magic sarap seasoning and simmer until the squash is cooked.
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Pwede iahlo instead of pork bely chicken liver?
Hi Nenie, yes I think you can use chicken liver. 😁
thanks so much, Manny! feel ko ang passion mo for cooking and sharing it with us. helpful tips too.
Hi Cora, thank you also for your time and effort for posting your comment. Maraming salamat!
Thanks for sharing your recipe, and it is very useful for an OFW like me who loves Filipino food.
Hi Noel, thanks also for giving time to write your comment! Cheers!
Hi pwde po bang wlang ihalong bagoong s pagluluto nito…?
Hi Raymond, yes pwede rin naman wag lagyan ng bagoong.
Hi Evelyn, you’re welcome!
a massive thank u bro.
Thanks for your ginataang kalabasa recipe and also for the tips of selecting squash. I thought they are all the same.
thank you for sharing all your recipes, a big big help for me. Thank you so much bro!