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Ginataang Tilapia (Tilipia in Spicy Coconut Milk)

Try this creamy and spicy, Ginataang Tilapia (Tilapia in coconut milk) recipe. All done in less than 15 minutes!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Total Time22 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Asian, Filipino
Keyword: ginataang tilapia, tilapia in spicy coconut milk
Servings: 2
Calories: 578kcal
Author: Bebs


  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil
  • 2 cloves garlic - minced
  • 1 medium onion - chopped
  • 1 thumb ginger - cut into 5-6 thin slices
  • 1 teaspoon Turmeric (fresh) - cut into strips (optional)
  • 1 ½ cups coconut milk
  • 2-3 tablespoons fish salt
  • 2-3 medium-sized Tilapia - scaled, gutted and cleaned
  • 1 cup malunggay leaves (or a bunch of Pak Choi)
  • 1-2 pieces siling labuyo or 2-3 pieces bird's eye chili - cut into 3-4 pieces each


  • In a wide pan, saute garlic, onion, and ginger in oil over medium-low heat.
  • Add the Turmeric and cook for another minute.
  • Pour in the coconut milk and fish sauce and bring to a simmer.
  • Add the Tilapia and chili and let it cook covered for 5-7 minutes.
  • Add the Malunggay or Pak Choi a minute before turning off the heat.


Calories: 578kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 45g | Saturated Fat: 32g | Cholesterol: 22mg | Sodium: 1064mg | Potassium: 1000mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin C: 267.5mg | Calcium: 593mg | Iron: 7.5mg