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Pinakbet is a vegetable dish from the Philippines that can be served as an everyday dish or when you have company. Since it also contains pork and prawns, you can eat it as a one-pot meal.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Filipino
Keyword: pinakbet, pinakbet recipe
Servings: 4 Servings
Author: Bebs Lott


  • 2 tbsp cooking oil
  • 2 cloves garlic crushed
  • 1 large onion sliced
  • 4 tbsp shrimp paste
  • 1 shrimp broth cube optional
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 large tomato cut in cubes
  • 2 bitter gourds seeded then halved and cut into slices
  • 1 large eggplant cut in cubes
  • 1 ½ cup string beans
  • 3 small okras cut into halves diagonally
  • 1 small squash / pumpkin peeled and cut into cubes
  • 1 tsp salt


  • In a wok or deep pan, heat oil over medium heat.
  • Add the onion and garlic and cook until tender and aromatic.
  • Add Shrimp paste and saute for approx. 1 minute. Add tomatoes and cook for about 3-5 minutes or until it becomes soft.
  • Add squash then stir to coat the vegetable with shrimp paste. Cover the pan and let it simmer for about 2 minutes. 
  • Add beans, bitter gourd, okra, and eggplant. Stir a bit then add shrimp broth cube dissolved in the 2 cups of water.
  • Add salt and let simmer for about 20 minutes or until vegetables are tender.
  • Transfer to a serving plate and serve with rice and your favorite fried fish. Bon Appetit!