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How to Cook Ginataang Baka (Beef Stew in Coconut Milk)

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 hr 8 mins
Total Time1 hr 18 mins
Course: Beef Recipe
Cuisine: Filipino
Servings: 6 servings
Author: Manny


  • 1 kilo beef brisket cut into cubes
  • 1 pc bell pepper cut into squares
  • 1 cup squash cut into cubes
  • 1 pc onion sliced
  • 1 pc medium size potato cut into cubes
  • 3 pcs bird's eye chili or siling labuyo
  • 1 thumb size ginger slice into strips
  • 3 pcs bay leaves
  • 5 cloves garlic minced
  • 3/4 cup Baguio beans sliced 1 inch long
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1 Tbsp. patis or fish sauce
  • 1 tsp. ground pepper
  • 1 to 2 Tbsp. cooking oil
  • water for boiling


    How to cook Ginataang Baka (Beef Stew in Coconut Milk):

    • In a medium size pot, put beef and add water about 3/4 of the height of the pot.
    • Bring to a boil and reduce heat to medium fire for about an hour or until the meat is tender.
    • Remove the scum while cooking the meat.
    • In a wok or carajay, heat cooking oil and add garlic, onion, ginger and chili peppers.
    • Saute the all the spices until the onions are tender and transparent. Then add the boiled beef with 1 1/2 cup of broth.
    • Then add the fish sauce, ground pepper, potato, squash and bay leaves. Mix the ingredients while cooking then add the coconut milk.
    • Cover and simmer in a medium-low fire for about 4 minutes. Then add the Baguio beans and simmer again for 4 to 5 minutes.
    • Add the bell pepper and mix. Cover and turn off heat and let the beef stew stay for about a minute then serve.