Dinengdeng is a delicious and nutritious vegetable dish topped with fried fish. Made from a combination of vegetables and herbs cooked in a flavorful broth. A simple but tasty dish that is great with a side of rice!
I have been binge eating fish lately, so I decided to mix it up with this veggies recipe! It’s a great way to cut down on meat if you’re eating healthy and have a balanced diet in mind. We just love the feeling of having a nice warm bowl of vegetables! Definitely a great hit in our house!
This Filipino vegetable dish is quick and easy to make, and can be tailored to your taste. It’s full of healthy legumes and flavor-packed! Try this dinengdeng recipe for dinner tonight and let me know what you think! I would love to hear your feedback.
What Is Dinengdeng?
Dinengdeng or “inabraw” is a Filipino dish that uses various vegetables combined with fish to create a hearty meal. “Idengdeng” meaning “to strain” is where the name of the dish came from. The extra step of straining the “bagoong isda” ensures that the tiny bits of fish is removed and only the sauce will go into the soup. This native dish of the Ilocos region is a local favorite, and can be paired with any type of fish.
It is similar to pinakbet but soupier and uses bagoong isda instead of shrimp paste. Another difference is, the herbs and vegetables are boiled unlike in pinakbet where it is sautéed making it healthier in my personal opinion. It’s super delicious, especially topped with either grilled or fried fish, that is why Ilocanos love it!
Notes On Ingredients
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- 1 cup fish sauce ((bagoong isda or bagoong manamon))
- 1 medium onion (sliced)
- 1 thumb-sized ginger (sliced)
- 1 medium tomato (quartered)
- 1 cup squash (cut into 1 inch cubes)
- 1/2 cup string beans (cut into 1 1/2 inch stips)
- 2 small bitter gourd (seeds remove and cut in half – ends removed)
- 4 small winged beans (cut in half – ends removed)
- 2 small egg plant (cut in half – ends removed)
- 3 okra (cut in half – ends removed)
- 2 cups spinach
- 5-6 cups water
- 2 – 4 pieces fried fish
- Prepare fish of choice and fry or grill depending on personal preference.2 – 4 pieces fried fish
- Pour water in a pot and bring to a boil over medium heat. When water starts to boil, add ginger, onion and tomato. Simmer for 2-3 minutes.1 medium onion, 1 thumb-sized ginger, 5-6 cups water, 1 medium tomato
- Strain the fish sauce or bagoong isda into the pot using a fine mesh sieve to remove small bits of fish. Stir then cover with lid and simmer for a minute.1 cup fish sauce
- Tip in squash and simmer for 3-4 minutes or until tender.1 cup squash
- Add string beans, bitter gourd, winged beans, and egg plant. Cover pot with lid and simmer for 2-3 minutes. Taste and adjust with salt or add more fish sauce.1/2 cup string beans, 2 small bitter gourd, 4 small winged beans, 2 small egg plant
- Add okra and simmer for 2-3 more minutes or until soft then add spinach and simmer until wilted.3 okra, 2 cups spinach
- Place fried fish on top of the vegetables then cover with lid and simmer for an additional 1 minute.
- Remove from heat and transfer in a serving dish. Serve and enjoy. Bon appetit!