Authentic Filipino Vegetable Recipes


Pinakbet - Ilocano Recipe

Pinakbet is an Ilocano recipe in which vegetables are boiled and then seasoned with fish bagoong.


Pinakbet Ingredients:

1/4 kilo pork ribs, sliced
4 cloves garlic, chopped
1 onion, chopped
1 ginger root; cut in chunks and crushed
1 tomato; sliced
2 cups squash; cut in cubes
1 eggplant, sliced
1 ampalaya
5 okras
3 cups water
Bagoong isda
Salt to taste
Cooking oil

Pinakbet Cooking Instructions:

In a casserole, sauté garlic, and onion in oil. Add pork, then season with salt. Continue sauteing until edges of pork turns brown and renders fat. Add the ginger and tomatoes. Stir well for few minutes, then add water and bring to a boil. Add ampalaya, eggplants, okra, squash, and string beans. Season with bagoong according to taste. Simmer until all vegetables are cooked. Serve hot

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I am an ilocano and i love ilocano way of cooking pinakbet.delicious and yummy.ty
#29 - Alfredo C.Bacuyag Jr. - 11/26/2014 - 02:20
Pinakbet is a popular food ng mga Ilocanos.. I love it! It sooo delicious..:-)
#28 - Jenalyn - 09/25/2014 - 20:43
my frndz pinakbet
hi! taga isabela aq but now dito n ko nktira sa manila..sobrng nmis ko n ang pinakbet n luto sa isabela..pkbet friend cook pinkbet d nilgyan ng bgoong..pnu mssbing pinkbet un?
#27 - glorryme - 07/24/2014 - 01:40
My late Mom came from Isabela,, she used to cooked pinakbet as part of our meal,, here is her recipe: pork chicharon, eggplant, okra, bitter melon, alokon,sili haba, tomatoes, ginger, onions, garlic and fish sauce "bagoong".first boil the pork chicharon with tomatoes, crushed ginger, onions and garlic,, add bagoong, let it boil,, add eggplant ,,boil till tender, add bitter melon and okra,, do not mix with any utensils para hindi madurog ang mga gulay,, add sili haba,,,, super yummy ang ganitong pinakbet ng Mommy ko at namana ko na rin,, my family love it,,
#26 - ainoz 04/25/2014 - 04/25/2014 - 05:24
kung pakbet ang pinag-uusapan Boracay ang puntahan.
#25 - redzuana villacorte - 08/22/2013 - 23:23
This recipe is much more simple than I ever thought. Delicious!
#24 - pakber lover - 01/19/2013 - 18:30
kahit anong klase ng gulay basta ilokano ang nagluto! wala ng sasarap pa!!!!!!!!!!!
#23 - joseph cabalce cabanit - 01/10/2013 - 06:24
To #20 aka student id. I liked your comment about it doesn't matter how it's cooked but as long as you're proud that someone is cooking the PINAKBET like it's a dietary supplement. Alright!
#22 - upallnite - 07/16/2012 - 21:08
I'm Ilocano and we grew up with pinakbet up to this time. suited w/garlic, onion and pork is a modern style. Just try the very simple and native way of cooking, just the vegetable alone put it together with fish sauce and magic sarap. the best guys! try it....
#21 - Jonathan Almelia - 06/13/2012 - 04:16
It doesnt really matter how you cook Pinakbet or what the ingredients are. All that matters is that it's an Ilocano pride we cant resist. Proud to be an Ilocana.
#20 - studentid_102000 - 04/18/2012 - 20:43
Ilocano rin ako at kinatandaan ko na ang pagluluto ng pinakbet. Tubong Ilocos Norte ako pero natikman ko na rin ang luto ng kalapit bayan ng Ilocos Sur, Abra, Apayao, at Kagayan. Nadaluhan ko rin ang Pinakbet Festibal ng Agoo, La Union at natikman ko na rin ang pakbet ng mga Tagalog. Payo ko lang ay mas masarap pa rin ang pinakbet pagka may squash at ginigisa talaga ang karne sa sibuyas at bawamg para masarap. Masarap nga rin pagka igisa mo rin ng kunti ang squash. There is no such thing as pinakebbet (I don't believe pinakbet was derived from this word) or ginisang gulay but just follow this recipe and you'll be fine. Nasa Amerika na ako pero nagluluto at kumakain pa rin ako ng pinakbet dahil gusto yan ng aking mga apo.
#19 - Apo Juan Dela Cruz - 02/28/2012 - 06:32
gudluck 2 me!!!!
First time cook here...dunno know what to follow...stir or not...add squash or not...huhu...:-(
#18 - kenzei - 02/27/2012 - 20:46
the reai pinakbet
Sa akin pong kaalaman ang pinakbet ay hindi pinaghalohalong gulay,either talong,amplaya or sili na hindi maanghang, ito'y maluluto lamang sa pamamagitan ng bagoong at ibang pang ingridients,kaunti lamang ang magiging sabaw nito.kasi yong nasa picture,yon ay ginisang dinengdeng.Ako po ay 100% na ilokano,na ang lola ko ay taga ilocos at lolo ko ay taga Abra,pero tumira kami sa Cagayan Valley...ang gulo noh...marami sa pa atin ang di nakakaalam ang tunay na pag luluto ng pinakbet...
#17 - panday - 01/20/2012 - 00:49
pinakbet, greatest ilocano dish!
pinakbet may be done in different ways but for us ilocanos, we cook the best! been the special request from our balikbayan relatives. even on special occasions, di puwedeng mawala ang pinakbet.
#16 - precy - 01/13/2012 - 18:20
its been a trademark for us ilocano's pinakbet as one of the main dish being served during lunch or even dinner..thanks
#15 - leo molina - 01/05/2012 - 17:36
tama ka,jomar, pinakbet means pinakebbet,
that's why walang kalabasa,madi ag-kebbet ti karabasa(bunga)talbos(ubbot) o bulaklak(sabong)pwede,lahat ng gulay pwedeng ihalo.
that's how we cook in batac,ilocos norte.
#14 - leonel - 12/04/2011 - 14:51
my dad being an ilocano. the pakbet i knew is not sauteed in oil. you just have to layer all the ingredients together. the kamatis will give the water/soup that the pakbet needs.our meal is never complete without it yumyum :):-P
#13 - cheryl - 10/06/2011 - 22:16
the pinakbet i grew up with in ilocos and i am proud i am from ilocos sur, this is how we do it there.

First, we boil pork (liempo) cut into pcs in small amount of water until it dries up and fat comes out, then we saute garlic in it and it is set aside, then we will mixed all the ingredients in one clay pot / casserole (tomato,onion,ginger,eggplant,okra,string beans,ampalaya then the suated garlic with pork is put on top together with fish bagoong) then add a little bit of water. then put to boil then it is not stirred but hence it is stirred by shaking the pot securing the contents inside until its properly mixed.

And FYI "pinakbet" itself means "pinakebbet" which in english means "shrunken" vegetables. And this my friends is the proper way to cook pakbet.
#12 - jomar - 09/15/2011 - 13:32
Pinakbet and mom
My mom is a Filipina and when she visited me in my place, she cooked me pinakbet.. it was a BOOMBB!! really really great recipe! I'll try this one myself.. I'll update you for the result! thanks for sharing!! :-D:-D
#11 - Mac Robin - 08/11/2011 - 10:51
thanks for posting the in how to cook in a right of Pinakbet.. my family and I are so vegetables lovers. a great big thank you to you.
#10 - sofia - 07/03/2011 - 01:54
may i suggest.after you sauteed garlic,unions and meat pour the bagoong(guisa also),then water and put to a boil until meat is tender,then pour the remaining vegetables
#9 - - 06/12/2011 - 04:14
final dish for our final cooking..
pakbet is a very common dish we all know..and this dish is my specialty..i love to cook pakbet specially when you add shrimp paste on it and the pork and all the veges very yummy!! superb!!:-);-) tnx for sharing this recipe..^^
#8 - cathy - 03/11/2011 - 02:48
the pinakbet i grew up with only had pork.eggplant.bittermelon and bagoong isda.cooked on a clay pot,unstirred with any utensils.engridients:1/2 #'s pork w/ thin skin (1/8 thickness)sliced 1/4" thick,6 eggplant,6-8"in size,6 bittermelons,same size as eggplants,1cup baggoong isda.a medium size clay pot w/ leed or thick pot you have,1sheet banana leaf(10"x10").preparation:place pork pot w/ 2 cups water,boil until pork is tender.slice eggplant, bittermelon 2"wide and whole sliced 4 ways on center but not all the way.blend the baggoong and strain the sauce separating the fishbones.when the pork is tender,throw-in eggplant,bittermelon and fish sauce together,bring to boil about 10mins.simmer until vegetables are medium or fully cooked.this style is authentic ilocano from candon,ilocos norte.enjoy.....................
#7 - sonny - 02/27/2011 - 17:55
Siomai sa Tisa (Cebu)
you pakbet recipe is really superb. I tried it and really really delicious. Everyone, hey try this. Thanks to you...;-)
#6 - gaya - 02/06/2011 - 08:49
Wow! This is great am Ilocana & i love pinakbet!hmmmnnn yummmmy!............
#5 - Emie - 12/10/2010 - 16:53
it tastes sooooo good!! you people out there why don`t u try it?
#4 - - 10/16/2010 - 21:59
w0w so very nice in any project!!!
make my grade 90%....
and i first honor!!!!
#3 - john david - 10/01/2010 - 05:45
ahhhmmm... i am an ilocana... i have a research project in the traditional ilocano way of cooking pinakbet... thanks a lot for posting this...
#2 - angela janice bañas - 09/21/2010 - 01:58
A great big thank you....Mt husband is Ilocano,we enjoted it...
#1 - tonnie, - 09/04/2010 - 22:28
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