The Happy Home Cook: Ginataang Salmon (Salmon in Coconut)

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Ginataang Salmon (Salmon in Coconut) (Photo by Vanjo Merano of Panlasang Pinoy)

Ginataang Salmon (Salmon in Coconut) (Photo by Vanjo Merano of Panlasang Pinoy)

Ginataang Salmon or Salmon sa Gata is a type of Filipino fish stew wherein salmon is used as the main ingredient. The process involves stewing salmon in a coconut milk mixture. Green leafy vegetables such as fresh spinach can be added towards the end of the cooking process.

Note that I am using a special coconut recipe mix for this recipe called Knorr Ginataang Gulay Recipe Mix. This provides almost all the flavors to the dish. I did not need to use salt or patis (fish sauce).

Any type of fish can be used for this recipe. I have tried using boneless bangus (milkfish), galunggong (round scad fish), and tilapia.


3 Tablespoons cooking oil

4 cloves garlic, crushed

1 medium onion, sliced

1 (45g.) pack Knorr Ginataang Gulay Recipe Mix

1 ½ cups water

1-pound salmon fillet

4 pieces long green chili pepper

 3 to 4 pieces Thai chili pepper (optional)

1 bunch fresh spinach

¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

Salt to taste (optional)


1.     Heat oil in a cooking pot.

2.     Sauté the garlic and onion once the oil gets hot. Continue to cook until the onion becomes soft.

3.     In a bowl, combine Knorr Ginataang Gulay Recipe mix and water. Stir until well blended. Pour the mixture into the cooking pot. Let boil.

4.     Add salmon fillet one-by-one along with the long green pepper and chili pepper. Cover the pot and then cook in medium heat for 5 to 8 minutes.

5.     Add spinach. Stir. Season with ground black pepper. You may add salt, if preferred.

6.     Cover the pot and cook for 2 to 3 minutes.

7.     Transfer to a serving plate. Serve with rice.

8.     Share and enjoy.

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