Pinakbet Recipe

Pinakbet Recipe

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Do you love Ilocano dishes? The Pinakbet Recipe (Dinengdeng) is the most well-known Ilocano dish. This is one of my most favorite dishes and has also been a favorite even in other regions. Pinakbet is a combination of different vegetables, fish paste, and grilled milkfish or Pork; this is the Ilocano Version.


  • ¼ kilo pork belly, cut into strips
  • Chicharon (Optional)
  • 34 tablespoons shrimp paste
  • Medium squash (Cut into cubes)
  • 1 pc. onion (chopped)
  • 3 minced Garlic
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 23 medium tomatoes (chopped)
  • 2 to 3 cups of water
  • 5 pcs. young okra (cut into halves diagonally)
  • ½ bunch string beans (cut into 3-inch lengths)
  • 1 medium Ampalaya (cleaned and cut into slices)
  • 1 large Eggplant (cleaned and cut into cubes)


  1. In a pan, saute onion and garlic over medium heat until tender and aromatic.
  2. Add pork and cook for 3 to 5 minutes or until lightly browned.
  3. Add the shrimp paste and continue to cook for about 2 minutes.
  4. Add tomatoes and cook for about 5 minutes or until softened.
  5. Add water and bring to a boil.
  6. Simmer for 10 to 15 minutes or until pork is tender.
  7. Add more water in ½ cup increments as needed to maintain about 1 cup of liquid.
  8. Add squash and cook for 4 minutes.
  9. Add okra, long beans, Ampalaya, and Eggplant.
  10. Continue to cook for about 4 to 5 minutes or until vegetables are tender yet crisp.
  11. Add Chicharon.
  12. Best serve with Rice.


This video shows another variant of pinakbet recipe.