Sinugno Recipe (Grilled Tilapia in Coconut Milk)

by Joost Nusselder | Updated:  September 1, 2020
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Tilapia is one of those many fish species that just oozes with flavor whenever it is grilled; what with its fragrant aroma and tenderness.

Add this thought with stewing this grilled Tilapia into coconut milk and you’re in for a treat. Sinugno recipe is simply that; grilled Tilapia in coconut milk stew.

It is, on the one hand, tasty and nutritious.

Sinugno Recipe (Grilled Tilapia in Coconut Milk)

It is not surprising that the Sinugno recipe came from Quezon province, as the province is known for its coconuts and coconut by-products.

Looking at the recipe, it could be said that the ingredients and the preparation are very similar to Sinanglay, another Tilapia recipe.

However, there is no need to stuff the tilapia this time as one will have to grill the tilapia.

If you don’t want to go to the trouble of going outside the house and grilling, an alternative is to broil the fish.

You risk not having that smokey taste to the Tilapia, so, broil at your own risk.

Sinugno Recipe Preparation

Method 1 (Cooking and Serving)


Complete / Full Recipe

Sinugno recipe (grilled tilapia in coconut milk)

Sinugno recipe is simply that; grilled Tilapia in coconut milk stew. It is, on the one hand, tasty and nutritious.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Filipino
Keyword Coconut, Fish, seafood
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 3 people
Calories 541kcal
Author Joost Nusselder
Cost $8


  • 3 Tilapia
  • 2 cups coconut cream
  • 1 cups coconut milk Or you can use canned coconut milk if fresh is not available
  • 1 bunch Pechay (or mustard leaves)
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 thumb ginger sliced
  • 1 tsp fish sauce
  • Salt to taste


  • Rub salt all over tilapia and grill until almost done. Set aside.
  • In a pan, sauté onion and ginger until onion becomes translucent.
  • Pour coconut cream and bring to a boil.
  • Simmer until sauce has thickened.
  • Add pechay (or mustard leaves) then simmer till the leaves are cooked.
  • Season with salt.
  • Serve with steamed rice on the side.

Sinugno Tilapia

Also read: Ginataang Tilapia recipe (Fish in coconut sauce)

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.