Ginataang isda
Alternative namesIsda sa gata
CourseMain course
Place of originPhilippines
Serving temperatureHot
Main ingredientsFish, coconut milk
VariationsGinataang paksiw na isda
Similar dishesSinanglay

Ginataang isda is a Filipino fish stew made from fish and leafy vegetables in coconut milk with garlic, ginger, onion, patis (fish sauce) or bagoong alamang (shrimp paste), and salt and pepper. It is a type of ginataan. A common version of the dish, known as ginataang paksiw na isda or paksiw na isda sa gata, is additionally soured with vinegar (a cooking method known as paksiw). Ginataang isda is a type of ginataan.[1]


Ginataang isda is a more generalized name meaning "fish in coconut milk". It is more common, however, to name the dish based on the type of fish used. The typical fish used in ginataang isda include: ginataang tilapia (tilapia),[2] ginataang tambakol (yellowfin tuna),[3] ginataang galunggong (blackfin scad),[4] and ginataang tulingan (skipjack tuna).[5]


Aside from fish, the secondary ingredient of ginataang isda are leafy vegetables. These are most commonly pechay,[6] but can also be made from other leafy vegetables like mustard greens,[2] spinach,[7] cabbage,[8] and bitter melon leaves, among others.[1] The spices used include garlic, ginger (or turmeric), onion, salt, and black pepper. For a richer flavor, patis (fish sauce) or bagoong alamang (shrimp paste) is also commonly added. A spicier version of the dish can also be created by the addition of siling haba and/or labuyo chilis.[2] The coconut milk used includes both the thin coconut milk, added first, and the thicker coconut cream, added later.[2]


A common variant of the dish is ginataang paksiw na isda or paksiw na isda sa gata, which is prepared identically but differs in the addition of vinegar to sour the broth. This variant combines the ginataan and paksiw methods of cooking in Filipino cuisine.[1][9][10]

Similar dishes

Because of the ubiquity of coconut milk in Filipino cuisine, there are numerous other types of Filipino dishes that use fish in coconut milk that are considered different dishes from ginataang isda. These include dishes like linarang, kinilaw, and sinanglay, among others.

See also


  1. ^ a b c "Paksiw na Salmon sa Gata". Panlasang Pinoy. Retrieved April 20, 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d "Ginataang Tilapia With Mustasa". Pinoy Cookery. Retrieved April 20, 2019.
  3. ^ "RECIPE: Ginataang tambakol". ABS-CBN News. Retrieved April 20, 2019.
  4. ^ Angeles, Mira. "Ginataang Galunggong (Fish Cooked in Coconut Milk) Recipe". Retrieved April 20, 2019.
  5. ^ "Ginataang Tulingan (Tuna Mackerel in Coconut Milk)". Retrieved April 20, 2019.
  6. ^ "Ginataang Isda: How to Make this Quick and Simple Fish Simmered in Coconut Milk". A Yellow Bowl. Retrieved April 20, 2019.
  7. ^ "Spicy Ginataang Tilapia". Filipino Chow. Retrieved April 20, 2019.
  8. ^ "Filipino Ginataang Isda or Fish in Coconut Cream Recipe". Retrieved April 20, 2019.
  9. ^ "Ginataang Paksiw na Galunggong". Life Made Easy. Retrieved April 20, 2019.
  10. ^ "Ginataang Isda Recipe". Casa Baluarte Filipino Recipes. Retrieved April 20, 2019.