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Ginataang Tilapia

It’s meatless Friday again here in Pinay in Texas Cooking Corner! Today, I’ll share with you a dish called Ginataang Tilapia (Tilapia in Coconut Milk)
In the Philippines, ginataan is what you call anything cooked with gata or coconut milk. I've featured a ginataan recipe before which is Ginataang Kalabasa at Sitaw (Squash and String Beans in Coconut Milk). Just like that vegetable dish, ginataang tilapia is a sure hit to both kids and adults in the Philippines. The creamy coconut milk and the flavors of all the ingredients combined together make this dish so appealing to anyone's taste buds! Plus it's very easy to prepare and cook! Give it a try!

Prep Time: 10 minutes                   Cook Time: ~30 minutes                   Servings: 4-6 

  • 2 lbs. Tilapia, cleaned and cut into serving pieces
  • 1 can coconut cream
  • 6 heads pechay (Bok Choi) , washed and trimmed
  • 1 large eggplant, sliced diagonally
  • 1 thumb-sized ginger, julienned
  • 1 small luyang dilaw(turmeric), julienned (to give the ginataan a slight yellow color)
  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 medium- sized onion, sliced
  • 2 Tbsp fish sauce
  • 2 Tbsp vinegar
  • ½ tsp peppercorns
  • 2 Jalapeño pepper or banana pepper
  • ¼ cup water
  • Salt to taste
1. Sprinkle tilapia with salt. Let sit for at least 10 minutes.
2. Pour coconut cream, water, fish sauce and vinegar in a large sauce pan. Add ginger, turmeric, garlic, onion and peppercorns. Over medium low heat, bring to a boil and let simmer for 3 minutes.
3. Add fish. Simmer for about 10 minutes. Add eggplant and Jalapeño pepper. Simmer until eggplant is almost tender.
4. Add pechay. Simmer for another 3 minutes. Add salt to suit your taste. Simmer for another minute.
5. Remove from heat. Serve hot with rice!


  1. This is quite a popular dish at Malaysia although just a bit of different ingredients.

    Its a lovely dish and a fav at home.

  2. What a gorgeous dish - I wish I had access to all your ingredients!

  3. Sounds wonderful!

    Thanks so much for stopping by ~ I wanted to respond to your email but you have the "no reply" thingy goin' on. Hope you have a wonderful day!


  4. Thanks for following my blog, i followed back! Great fish meal!

  5. This sounds and looks amazing. I am always looking for new and exciting ways to cook fish.

  6. It looks amazingly delicious :) and since i dont know how to cook fish it looks even more amazing to me :)

  7. This sounds really delicious! I love Tilapia and have had it many times in restaurants but I have never yet cooked it at home. Your recipe is a great place to start, with some lovely flavours. Thank you for sharing it with Feed Me Tweet Me Follow Me Home. It's lovely to see you again!

  8. This looks so good and delicious!! Cannot wait to try it!
    Your blog is wonderful!!

  9. This sounds delicious and so healthy! What is pechay?

  10. This sounds wonderful! I have most of the ingredients on hand, so I will have to give it a try.

  11. Thanks everyone for all the wonderful comments!
    @Sara: Pechay is Bok Choi :)

  12. All of the ingredients in this dish are perfect and to use them with tilapia is exciting! Now following your fabulous blog!