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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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.







  1. 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! 😀

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

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

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

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


  6. 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. 🙁

  7. 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 🙂

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

  9. 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.

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

  11. 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.

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

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

  14. 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 🙂

  15. 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.

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

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

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