Ginataang Kalabasa With Fish Recipe (Squash in Coconut Cream)


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As I was brainstorming on what to cook for next week, I just suddenly remembered about ginataang kalabasa with fish recipe. Kalabasa or squash is a staple in my crisper and I was just thinking about what I can cook with it. In this particular recipe, the star of the show is the squash – but yeah, the fish is, too. 😀

If you want a new recipe under your belt, you have to learn about ginataang kalabasa with fish. I first tasted this when I was in my pre-teens. My mom used to cook it for me. When I was that age, I’m not much of a vegetable eater – I swear! I’m more of the fried chicken, chicken-and-egg-only kid growing up. Now, I ADORE vegetables – so yeah, if your kid is a picky eater, there’s hope – I guess.

Now I’m with two male human species: the little one LOVES vegetables, especially greens while the big one doesn’t – at all. So, that means I don’t really get to cook this recipe a lot. The last time I cooked this was 2 years ago, when the in-laws are around. And just to be clear, I used crab and not fish so yeah, there’s your tip.

Ginataang kalabasa with fish recipe is delicious; it’s a great comfort food during the cold days. If soup is a must-have in every meal, you should include this in your list of soup recipes.

When using coconut milk, I tend to use the fresh ones, pressed with my own hands. Yeh! It can be tedious and messy so if you don’t have time you can always buy canned versions.

So, coconut cream vs coconut milk?

It really doesn’t matter. I’m not sure which tastes better because I couldn’t tell the difference between the two, except for the consistency. Tastewise, maybe cream is richer. For this recipe, though, you can choose either.

(NOTE: I don’t have a photo of the actual soup that I cooked, but will try my best to scour my drive for any or take a new one if ever I cook this recipe).

Ginataang Kalabasa with Fish Recipe (Ingredients)

  • white onions, diced
  • ginger, minced
  • squash, peeled and sliced in pieces (the smaller the better)
  • coconut milk/coconut cream
  • fish (yellowfin is the best fish to use so far)
  • salt/pepper to taste
  • oil

How to Cook Ginataang Kalabasa with Fish

  1. Start by frying your fish and set aside.
  2. In a soup pot, saute onion and ginger for a few minutes. Then add squash bits and continue sauteeing.
  3. Pour a bit of water, like half a cup. Bring to boil or until your squash has softened.
  4. Set to low heat and start mashing your squash with the back of the ladle.
  5. You should have a thick consistency of mashed squash, especially if you put in a lot of them.
  6. Simmer for a few minutes then add in coconut milk/cream
  7. Bring to a boil. Once boiling, add the fried fish you had earlier.
  8. Stir the soup for a few minutes, cover, then turn off heat.
  9. Serve hot.
Ginataang kalabasa with fish recipe is a perfect soup for family dinners

There you go – you ginataang kalabasa with fish recipe! It’s easy – perfect for the family and your tastebuds! You can add malunggay if you wish.

Have you cooked this recipe? What do you think of this soup?