Alternative namesHigado
Coursemain course, side dish
Place of originPhilippines
Region or stateIlocos Region
Serving temperatureWarm
Main ingredientspork liver, potatoes, carrots, bell pepper, green peas
Similar dishesMenudo (stew), Pork guisantes

Igado (or higado) is a Filipino pork dish originating from the Ilocos Region in the Philippines.[1][2] Its name means "liver" in Spanish for which it features, although it may include other pork meats and offal also.[3][4]

The pork―liver, meat, and offal―are sliced into tiny pieces and simmered with bell pepper and green peas, producing a dish often likened to the menudo.[1] Unlike menudo, igado typically uses soy sauce (or patis) and vinegar rather than tomato sauce. Also, potatoes and carrots are optional.[5]

The dish was a favorite of Elpidio Quirino, an Ilocano, and sixth president of the Philippines.[6]


  1. ^ a b Villar, Roberto (December 30, 2019). "The Convoluted Histories of Mechado, Afritada, Menudo, and Kaldereta". Esquire Magazine Philippines.
  2. ^ Samonte, Quirico S. (2007). Not at the table, please. Northville, MI: Ferne Press. ISBN 1-933916-03-6. OCLC 122941823.
  3. ^ "Filipino fare that sound spooky but very comforting to enjoy". The Manila Times. October 31, 2019. Retrieved May 1, 2020.
  4. ^ Shaynne, Jhoana (November 13, 2019). "Igado: The Other Sought After Filipino Dish". Wonder Pinays. Retrieved May 1, 2020.
  5. ^ Lott, Bebs (May 8, 2021). "Authentic Igado Recipe Recipe". Foxy Folksy. Retrieved October 9, 2023.
  6. ^ Quirino, Elizabeth Ann; Quirino, Constante G. (2015). Statesman And Survivor: Elpidio Quirino 6th President of the Philippines.