Ginataang tilapia recipe (Filipino fish in coconut sauce dish)

by Joost Nusselder | Updated:  June 11, 2022

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Ginataang tilapia is a tasty variation of the Filipino dish called ginataan, which can be made with all sorts of ingredients that are cooked in coconut milk, locally know by Filipinos as “ginata”.

This dish’s main ingredient, tilapia, is a freshwater fish that’s especially delicious when fried or turned into soup.

In the form of ginataang tilapia though, you can have some fried fish with delicious and creamy coconut milk, which helps give a creamy flavor to the robust taste of the tilapia.

The ingredients that you need in order to cook the delicious ginataang tilapia recipe are tilapia, cooking oil, garlic, onions, salt and pepper, and coconut milk (ginataan).

When you’ve gathered the ingredients, you can start cooking this delicious dish!

Ginataang Tilapia Recipe

Tilapya

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How to cook ginataang tilapia (easy to follow tips!)

  1. The first part of cooking ginataang tilapia is cooking the tilapia.
  2. Put cooking oil in a pan and heat it to a high temperature to prevent the tilapia from sticking to the pan.
  3. Flip each side to give the tilapia an even cook.
  4. When adding more than 1 tilapia, wait for at least 10 seconds to add another. This helps keep the heat of the pan.
  5. The next step is, while you’re cooking the tilapia, sauté the garlic with the tilapia until it turns to a golden brown color. Though make sure that while sautéing the garlic, you don’t burn the tilapia.
  6. Afterward, once the garlic has been sautéed, you then add chopped onions and sauté them with the garlic and the frying tilapia.
  7. Once the garlic and onions have been sautéed, and the tilapia is cooked, you then have to add the coconut milk (ginataan). Simmer the ingredients of the ginataang tilapia until the coconut milk becomes thick. Once thick, you can serve it on a plate, eat it with rice, and enjoy a great meal!

Also read: a delicious sinanglay na tilapia recipe

The complete ginataang tilapia recipe

Ginataang Tilapya

Ginataang Tilapia Recipe

Ginataang tilapia recipe

Joost Nusselder
Ginataang tilapia is a tasty variation of the Filipino dish called ginataan, which can be made with all sorts of ingredients that are cooked in coconut milk, locally know by Filipinos as "ginata".
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Filipino
Servings 3 people
Calories 328 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 medium tilapia
  • 1 cup gata (unang piga) / coconut cream first extraction
  • 1 cup gata (pangalawang piga) / coconut cream second extraction
  • 1 small ginger root chopped
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 2 pcs siling haba / green chili pepper
  • 2 pcs Siling labuyo / red chili pepper chopped
  • 1 bunch mustasa / mustard greens sliced in half
  • Salt and pepper

Instructions
 

  • Put the second extraction of coconut cream in a pan over medium heat.
  • When the coconut cream starts to boil, add the ginger and onion, and let it simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Add the tilapia and let it simmer until the fish is cooked.
  • Add the mustard greens and the first extraction coconut cream, then cover and simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Add salt and pepper to taste, plus the chili peppers.
  • Let simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Serve with rice.

Nutrition

Calories: 328kcal
Keyword Fish, seafood
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Note: Depending on the size of the tilapia, you can cut it into 2 or more pieces with the same method of cooking.

You can substitute pechay with okra and eggplant, or you can just have a plain ginataang tilapia if you want.

Salamat po.

Also read: Filipino sweet ginataang monggo dessert recipe

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