Coconut milk is one of the most popular and widely used ingredient in terms of cooking Filipino foods or dishes. Aside from the reason of being so tasty and yummy, not to mention its health benefits (the coconut milk), Philippines is one of the countries with large volume of coconut fruits and trees that makes coconut milk an easy to get ingredient.

Below is a simple list of Filipino foods and recipes that uses coconut milk.


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Adobong Manok sa Gata (Chicken Adobo With Coconut Milk)                                                   The chilies and coconut milk give this adobong manok that Bicolano touch.

Laing (Taro Leaves In Coconut Milk)
Dried taro root (dahon ng gabi) cooked with coconut milk and red chili.

Bicol Express
A stew that consists of lots of long chilies (siling labuyo), coconut milk (gata), shrimp paste, onion, pork and garlic.

Ginataang Hipon (Shrimp in Coconut Milk)
Ginataang Hipon or Shrimp in Coconut Milk is one of Pinoy’s favorite dish. Watch out the calorie and cholesterol intake though.

Pininyahang Manok (Chicken Pineapple With Coconut Milk)
Pininyahang manok is made of sweet pineapple flavor along with coconut milk thus, producing a very splendid taste.

Ginataang Langka (Unripe Jackfruit in Coconut Milk Cream)
One of the best dishes in Bicol. Two of its main ingredients are coconut milk and sili.


Ginataang Munggo (Mung Beans Cooked With Coconut Milk)
a combination of toasted munggo (mung beans) and malagkit (glutinous rice) cooked in coconut milk.

Ginataang Mais (Sweet Corn Cooked with Coconut Milk)
Ginataang Mais or Sweet Corn with Coconut Milk is one of a kind Filipino dessert recipe that is usually served as a snack or merienda.

Maja Blanca
Maja Blanca is a Filipino authentic dessert or delicacy. Maja Blanca is made from coconut milk and corn starch.

Again, this list is not complete. There are still lots of Filipino foods and recipes that uses coconut milk. I can’t list them all in here because, day after day, a new dish or recipe that uses coconut is being created and served. Meaning to say, this list is kind of endless.

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About The Author

Ron is a Filipino blogger who owns a Filipino foods and recipes blog. He also co-owns Cooking Like A Pro Website- A mix of Asian foods inspired food blog.






  • Jonas Ignatius Labagala

    From the list you’ve posted above, I’ve known most of the dishes but my favorite would be the ginataang monggo and maja blanca.. Yum! 😀

  • chubskulit

    In the place where I grew up (Bicol), we use coconut milk in almost all of our dishes hehehe..

  • c5 @

    This is a good list. I simply cook it with malungay leaves, put turmeric and lots of labuyo.

    c5 @

  • Donald Pagulong

    Yung ginataang Maja Blanca ang hindi ko na lang natikman. You should have added ginataang kanin. Wow! ang sarap nyun.

  • MrsMartinez

    Wow! I didn’t know that you can use coconut milk withMaja Blanca. I only use it for curry dishes ; p


  • Noria P. Adam-Lim

    Your post is making me hungry. I have to say my favorite is manok with gata. My lola used to cook that for me but she passed away already and I have not found a single soul who can cook it the way she did it for me. :(

  • SJAG SocialMedia

    mahilig din akong magluto ng may coconut milk, my favorite to cook is ginataang monggo. I am now experimenting other recipes na may gata, and this post help me list down some of them.
    thanks :)

  • ruthilicious

    This is a good list, although I am not really a fan of anything ginataan =D I eat, but I don’t crave :)

    • Mary jane Tauyan Fitzsimmons

      hehe thanks!!

  • ralph

    it’s a good thing that coconuts are very abundant in our place… the very reason, why we have a lot of delicacies with it, and the best part is… love them all. Yahweh bless.

    • Mary jane Tauyan Fitzsimmons

      i love all of it also!!

  • Rainne Villena

    Adobong Manok sa gata is yum! :)

    • Mary jane Tauyan Fitzsimmons

      will cook nex time dear!!

  • yaniconquistadora

    I would like you to include my favorite ginumis! :)What a tasty dessert!

    • Mary jane Tauyan Fitzsimmons

      thats yummy!!

  • Allen Michael Gurrea

    I would also suggest fish in coconut milk :) I think I saw this served in Banana Leaf. Thai food uses coconut milk a lot :)

    • Mary jane Tauyan Fitzsimmons

      yes po!! hehe

  • Aldous Calubad

    my favorite has got to be laing

    • Mary jane Tauyan Fitzsimmons

      miss ko n yung laing ng pinas he

  • Pal Raine

    This milky white liquid is not rich in calcium, but it is rich in phosphorus. Phosphorus is an essential nutrient that the body needs for strengthening bones. It is must to take phosphorus with calcium particularly to prevent bone loss because it supplies phosphate to the body. Not only as FOOD RECIPES but all around BENEFITS from COCONUT MILK. Nice read here sis.

    • Mary jane Tauyan Fitzsimmons

      thanks for that @Pal Raine!! xx

  • The City Roamer

    Nice list! Made me crave for my mom’s cooking. We love dishes with coconut milk, especially if it’s spicy :)

    • Mary jane Tauyan Fitzsimmons

      yes i love spicy also!! xx

  • Geca Franco

    Yum! I love them all recipes with coconut milk 😀

    • Mary jane Tauyan Fitzsimmons

      thank you!!

  • Sumi Go

    I actually love coconut milk-infused dishes :) Even with adobo, I prefer the adobo with gata version so much more!

    • Mary jane Tauyan Fitzsimmons

      i shud try that one time dear!! thx xx

  • Hannah

    I love gata! Lahat ata ng ulam na nabanggit mo, gusto ko talaga.

    • Mary jane Tauyan Fitzsimmons

      hehe fave ko din dear!! xx

  • Rovie Divinagracia

    love it!!! haha i love gata especially bicol expresss and alimango with gata 😀 haha

    The Bargain Doll

    • Mary jane Tauyan Fitzsimmons

      ginutom nmn bgla dear haha

  • Debarpan

    coconut is surely very useful in any kind of delicious food receipe.

    • Mary jane Tauyan Fitzsimmons

      yes thanks!!

  • Albert Rendal

    ♥ coconut milk….

    • Mary jane Tauyan Fitzsimmons


  • Michelle Bugante

    We certainly have a fondness for coconut milk! I personally really like food with gata. It just makes everything so much richer and flavorful. I think it’s an ingredient that ties our cooking to our Asian roots :)

    • Mary jane Tauyan Fitzsimmons

      yes!! i love it too @twitter-50301049:disqus xx

  • Franc Ramon

    Coconut is a very healthy ingredient to food and it also adds its own flavor when it comes to food and is flexible enough to be part of the main course or dessert.

    • Mary jane Tauyan Fitzsimmons

      yes!! yet many uses thx @twitter-44335003:disqus

  • Claire

    Yummy ginataan! It’s my fave… <3

    • Mary jane Tauyan Fitzsimmons

      me too! xx @cLarcy:disqus

  • ann ramirez

    My husband is fond of cooking Ginataan na Hipon, hewwww…It is so yummy! Coconut has really many uses.

    • Mary jane Tauyan Fitzsimmons

      yes indeed u shud try cooking that with prawns also nice idea @google-254ff72ccdb6cae393ffa480afbe0d26:disqus

  • eyahnism

    I’m really not a fan of gata.. But I love Bicol express! Oh my! I’m craving for it right now! @_@

    • Mary jane Tauyan Fitzsimmons

      haha my fave also! @eyahnism:disqus

  • 시 재

    My husband and I love ginataan dishes. His Bicol Express is to die for! ^^

    • Mary jane Tauyan Fitzsimmons

      yumyum!! my fave ever thx!

  • michymichymoo

    I don’t really like coconut milk based dishes except for gising gising.

    • Mary jane Tauyan Fitzsimmons

      aww try sometime dear! tis yummy! xx @michymichymoo:disqus

  • Earthligorgeous

    Nagutom naman ako sa post na ito, makapagluto nga haha

    • Mary jane Tauyan Fitzsimmons

      hahah cgi patikim nrin ms. @b40040fa76f876afa814c4f63a8ea082:disqus

  • Kai Grafia

    Hmm! This is quite a useful list to put coco milk to good use! Nakakagutom tuloy sis!

    • Mary jane Tauyan Fitzsimmons

      haha thanks @kaigrafia:disqus