Ginisang Pinakbet sa Giniling (Tagalog)

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Dear parents and caregivers! April here helping you relax into motherhood from my tropical island home.

Today we bring Ilocano-inspired flavor to a modernized pinakbet using ingredients familiar to busy families.

Ginisang Pinakbet Tagalog, or “sauteed Tagalog mixed vegetables”, uses the same bounty of greens and pods as traditional pinakbet but with a lighter, more accessible twist. Sometimes the best recipes are the simplest ones. This quick and easy pinakbet saves time by using precut garden vegetables and shrimp, while still delivering all the classic Filipino flavors moms and kids love. (yeah, debatable but I do succeed in making them eat a few slices at a time)

Ginisang Pinakbet Tagalog is a mixture of Filipino Vegetables but unlike in its original version, there is no Alamang (shrimp paste) or Bagoong (fermented fish) as a flavoring. It is usually sauteed in pork. This version is sauteed in ground beef and I also threw in some small  shrimps that I happen to have but this is not necessary. 

Instead of shrimp paste or salted fish, our version is seasoned simply with ground beef and common patis (fish sauce). The meat adds a savory depth of flavor while keeping the vegetable stars front and center.

This is also stir-fried, unlike the Pinakbet Ilocano, which is stewed or boiled.

General guidelines for cooking Pinakbet

To make this speedy pinakbet, start by cooking 6 minced garlic cloves and 1 chopped onion in 2 tablespoons oil until fragrant. As Uncle Roger always says,  we can never have enough garlic!

Add 1/2 pound ground beef and cook, breaking it up with a wooden spoon, until the meat is no longer pink. Sprinkle in 1 tablespoon patis (fish sauce) and stir to combine.

Add 1/2 pound peeled and deveined shrimp and cook until pink, about 3 minutes.

Add your hearty vegetables like squash, camote, and eggplant and cook for 5 minutes, stirring frequently.

Then stir in the softer greens like sitaw, okra, and ampalaya and cook for 3 minutes more. The trick is not to overcook the vegetables – you want them to remain crisp-tender.

Finally, if desired, scatter chicharon (pork cracklings) on top for extra crunch and umami. Serve the pinakbet immediately with steamed rice and lumpia rolls for a complete Filipino feast.

For a vegan option, simply swap the meat for chopped tofu and use vegetable broth in place of the oil. The tangy sauce and mix of textures will satisfy any pinakbet craving.

Freshness is key! Channel your inner “Finding Nemo” Dory and remember, “Just keep it fresh, just keep it fresh!” Using fresh, locally sourced vegetables is the foundation of an outstanding Pinakbet. In Marinduque, our fields and vibrant markets offer an array of delightful produce.

Ginisang Pinakbet sa Giniling Recipe

Ginisang Pinakbet sa Giniling (Tagalog) 1

This foolproof pinakbet recipe simplifies the cooking process so busy parents can still enjoy classic Filipino vegetable stir fries with their families. Let me know how this quicker spin on pinakbet turns out! For more kitchen shortcuts and hacks, sign up for my newsletter at

I hope this simple yet satisfying modernized pinakbet brings moments of togetherness to your weary table, mama. Please let me know if you’d like me to adjust or expand on any part of the recipe to better resonate with your needs.

Relish the simple,

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