Sinanglay na Tilapia Recipe with ginger & coconut milk

by Joost Nusselder | Updated:  September 2, 2020
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Sinanglay na Tilapia Recipe is a fish-based dish coming from the Bicol region and it coming from Bicol region; one can already assume that the recipe will have coconut milk in it as part of the stew.

With its main ingredients being Tilapia and the coconut milk, at first look, you will think that sinanglay is just Ginataang Tilapia.

However, the preparation for Sinanglay is miles different.

Sinanglay na Tilapia Recipe

What distinguishes Sinanglay na Tilapia from other recipes is that before stewing the tilapia into a pot full of coconut milk (or reverse), you need to first cut and gut the tilapia and stuff it with the other ingredients such as sliced ginger, onions , and tomatoes much like how you would stuff the Tilapia in Pinaputok na Tilapia.

However, once you’re done with stuffing the Tilapia, unlike in other recipes where you can leave it unsewn or uncovered, in sinanglay recipe, you will have to cover up the Tilapia with Gabi or Pechay leaves and tie it up with lemongrass stalks so that the filling will not burst out once you start simmering it in the pot.

Sinanglay na Tilapia Recipe Preparation Tips

As the only difficult part of this Sinanglay na Tilapia recipe is stuffing and covering the tilapia, everything else is simple as one would only need to drop the Tilapia in the pot and pour in the coconut milk.

Another important ingredient in this recipe is the Lemongrass.

Aside from using it as a tie to tie up the Tilapia, one also needs to drop a lump of Lemongrass as will add another layer of taste to the dish.

Also, while cooking, make sure that you stir it occasionally so that the coconut milk will not curdle.

Sinanglay na Tilapia


Sinanglay na tilapia recipe

As the only difficult part of this Sinanglay na Tilapia recipe is stuffing and covering the tilapia, everything else is simple as one would only need to drop the Tilapia in the pot and pour in the coconut milk
Course Main Course
Cuisine Filipino
Keyword Fish, seafood
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 5 people
Author Joost Nusselder
Cost $8


  • 3 medium tilapia cleaned and scales removed
  • 4 pcs bok choy (or pechay) leaves
  • 4 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 1 large tomato diced
  • 1 thumb ginger chopped
  • 3 pcs long green chilli (or 1 pc of siling labuyo if you want to make it spicy)
  • cup coconut milk (medium thick)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • a pinch of Maggi magic sarap to taste


  • In a bowl, combine garlic, onion, tomatoes, and ginger then mix.
  • Stuff the tilapia with the garlic, onion, and ginger mixture.
  • Wrap the pechay around the tilapia. I use 4 pcs. of pechay leaves for each to ensure that the entire fish is wrapped.
  • Arranged the wrapped tilapia in a wide cooking pan then pour in coconut milk. Sprinkle salt and Maggi magic sarap, cover, and turn on the heat.
  • Cook the fish in medium heat for 20 to 25 minutes.
  • Serve

In this recipe:

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Lastly, though it is recommended for you to have freshly squeezed coconut milk, should it be inaccessible in your area, you can always look for canned or tetra-packaged coconut milk in your supermarket.

You can garnish your Sinanglay na Tilapia with chopped siling labuyo and serve sinanglay hot with steaming white rice.

Also read: Sinugno Recipe (Grilled Tilapia in Coconut Milk)

Joost Nusselder, the founder of Bite My Bun is a content marketer, dad and loves trying out new food with Japanese food at the heart of his passion, and together with his team he's been creating in-depth blog articles since 2016 to help loyal readers with recipes and cooking tips.