Ginataang Kalabasa

When my mom cooks Ginataang Kalabasa I swear I eat with my hands. This is a healthy and truly delicious vegetable dish, we’ll never get tired of eating.


1 cup of squash cut in cube

1 bunch of string beans cut about 4 inches long

3 cloves of garlic

1 onion sliced

3 tbsp of shrimp paste (bagoong) if its not available you can use patis to add the fish flavor about 1 tbsp)

1 pack of coconut milk (about one cup)

about 12 pcs of prawns

about 4 to 5 pieces of crab (alimasag) (you can cut them into two to help the flavor propagate in the dish

siling labuyo (optional) it depends if you want it spicy or not

salt and pepper



Heat the pan, put the cooking oil. Add the garlic and onion. Once their fragrant perfume comes out add the shrimp paste. Sauté for about few minutes then add the squash and string beans. Pour the coconut milk and cover, let it simmer gently over low fire. Once it boiled add the rest of ingredients; prawns, crab and sili. Cover and continue simmering for about ten minutes. Stir from time to time to avoid that the bottom to stick. Once the sauce has reduced in volume you can turn off the fire. Best served with hot rice . Kain na!

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Comments: 6

  1. karen August 24, 2009 at 7:48 am Reply

    wow.. the best.. eto lulutuin ko ngayon hehe

  2. ian August 30, 2009 at 1:01 pm Reply

    lemon grass or tanglad will make it more tasty with added aroma…

  3. Swet June 5, 2010 at 12:39 pm Reply

    Thank you Ian…I’ll try that tonight

  4. Linin J cortel mondejar August 29, 2011 at 4:50 pm Reply

    I ms all filipino food favorite dish “ginataang kalabasa”I will cook it today…

  5. mayleen February 5, 2012 at 8:14 pm Reply

    this is a good menu… but the pic is not calling for calabasa or string beans …its broccoli.

  6. leonora March 29, 2012 at 6:13 am Reply

    pag nagluluto kami ng ginataang kalabasa, we add first yung secong na piga ng gata pag maluluto na yung kalabasa that’s the time we add the kakang gata. pwede ba yun? masarap naman.

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