Hamonado - pork with pineapples, black peppercorns, bay leaves, soy sauce, garlic, and vinegar (Philippines).jpg
Pork Hamonado (Mindanao) cooked afritada-style (with tomato sauce).jpg
Top: Pork hamonado;
Bottom: Pork hamonado variant from Mindanao cooked afritada-style (with tomato sauce)
Alternative namesjamónado, endulsado, endulzado
CourseMain dish
Place of originPhilippines
Serving temperatureHot
Main ingredientsPineapple, brown sugar, soy sauce, pork/chicken/beef
Similar dishesAfritada, pininyahang manok

Hamonado (Spanish: jamonado), or hamonada, is a Filipino dish consisting of meat marinated and cooked in a sweet pineapple sauce.[1][2] It is a popular dish during Christmas in Philippine regions where pineapples are commonly grown.[3] Hamonado is also a general term for savory dishes marinated or cooked with pineapple in the Philippines.


The name hamonado is the Tagalog spelling of Spanish jamonado, meaning "[prepared] like hamon (ham)". However, hamonado should not be confused with hamon (jamón), which is also commonly cooked in the Philippines during the Christmas Season. Hamonado is also known as endulsado (Spanish: endulzado, "sweetened" or "glazed") in Zamboanga.

Hamonado or hamonada is also a colloquial term for the sweet variant of the Filipino longganisa sausages (properly longganisang hamonado).[4]


Pork hamonado from Bulacan with hotdogs and star anise
Pork hamonado from Bulacan with hotdogs and star anise

Typically meat (usually fatty cuts of pork, but can also be chicken or beef) is marinated overnight in a sweet sauce made with pineapple juice, brown sugar, soy sauce, and various spices. It is then pan-fried until the meat is browned. The meat is then simmered in stock with added pineapple chunks until the meat is very tender. It is served on white rice.[5][6][7][8][9][10]

Variations of the dish sometimes does not include a marinating period, and instead slow cooks the pork until very tender, especially when using cuts with tough meat like pata (ham hock) or beef sirloin. Calamansi juice, carrots, raisins, pickles, longganisa, and hotdogs may also be added in some family recipes. Some hamonado variants may be cooked afritada-style, using tomato sauce or banana ketchup.[3][11][12]

Similar dishes

Hamonado is similar to pininyahang manok, braised chicken made with pineapples. Except the latter does not use soy sauce and is cooked in a milk base.[13][14]

See also


  1. ^ Don Philpott (2017). The World of Wine and Food: A Guide to Varieties, Tastes, History, and Pairings. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 449. ISBN 9781442268043.
  2. ^ Maria Carmina Felipe (2013). "Stuffed Pork Braised in Pineapple Juice (Hamonado)". In Angelo Comsti (ed.). From Our Table to Yours: A Collection of Filipino Heirloom Recipes & Family Memories. Marshall Cavendish International (Asia) Private Limited. p. 68. ISBN 9789814516907.
  3. ^ a b "12 Sumptuous dishes for Media Noche". Psst.ph. Retrieved December 5, 2018.
  4. ^ "Longanisa Recipe (Filipino sweet sausage)". Foxy Folksy. September 26, 2014. Retrieved February 2, 2018.
  5. ^ "Filipino Christmas Recipes: Pork Hamonado". Philippine Primer. Retrieved December 5, 2018.
  6. ^ "Hamonado Recipe". Yummy.ph. Retrieved December 5, 2018.
  7. ^ Merano, Vanjo. "Pork Hamonado Recipe". Panlasang Pinoy. Retrieved December 5, 2018.
  8. ^ "Pork Hamonado Filipino Recipe". Filipino Recipes Lutong Pinoy. Retrieved December 5, 2018.
  9. ^ "Family's Favorite Pork Hamonado!!". Atbp.ph. June 26, 2016. Retrieved December 5, 2018.
  10. ^ "asy Pork Hamonado Recipe using Pork Belly". Foxy Folksy. August 7, 2016. Retrieved December 5, 2018.
  11. ^ "Pork Hamonado". Atbp.ph. June 11, 2016. Retrieved December 5, 2018.
  12. ^ "Beef Morcon with Hamonado Sauce". Atbp.ph. June 26, 2016. Retrieved December 5, 2018.
  13. ^ "Pininyahang Manok (Pineapple Chicken)". PinoyWay. Retrieved December 13, 2018.
  14. ^ "RECIPE: Pininyahang Manok". ABS-CBN News. February 7, 2018. Retrieved December 13, 2018.