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Have you ever tried Filipino Coconut Squash Stew or Ginataang Kalabasa? It’s a home-cooked Filipino dish that is full of flavor and combines both sweet and savory tastes in one dish. This warming, delicious recipe also adds a bit of spice to the mix thanks to fresh chili peppers. One bite will transport your taste buds to a distant land filled with authentic flavors, aromas & spices only found in Southeast Asia! Not only does this dish taste amazing but it’s also easy to make and packed with nutrients which makes it an ideal meal for weekday dinners. So come take a journey with us as we cook up an unforgettable stew that’s perfect for anytime comfort food cravings or special occasions!


Filipino Coconut Squash Stew: Flavorful and Hearty!


Vegan Filipino Coconut Squash Stew, also known as ginataang kalabasa, is a traditional stew that is a flavorful, savory dish that features herbs and spices like garlic, ginger and chili peppers. It’s perfect both as a hearty main course or can be served with steamed rice, garlic fried rice, or even roasted potatoes. Made with butternut squash cubes, yardlong beans, and vegan-friendly coconut milk, this stew has a creamy texture and rich flavor that is guaranteed to please any palate.


The richness of ginataang kalabasa comes through despite the absence of meat, making it a perfect option for anyone following a plant-based diet. With its robust flavors creating an addictive combination sure to make your taste buds dance, try this traditional Filipino dish today!


Vegan Filipino Coconut Squash Stew (Ginataang Kalabasa)

Vegan Filipino Coconut Squash Stew (Ginataang Kalabasa)


Health Benefits


Coconut Milk

Coconut milk is a natural, plant-based beverage gaining popularity as more people recognize its health benefits. It is loaded with vitamins, minerals, medium-chain fatty acids, and other essential nutrients that contribute to overall good health. Coconut milk is high in antioxidants which can protect cells from oxidative damage and help reduce inflammation.



Squash is a vegetable for all seasons; packed with essential nutrients, it offers a multitude of health benefits. Rich in vitamins A and C, squash helps support a healthy immune system, as well as thyroid and eye health. Its high fiber content can assist with maintaining healthy digestion, and folate has been linked to reducing the risk of certain birth defects when consumed during pregnancy.


Yardlong Beans

Yardlong beans are powerhouses of nutrition. Not only are they a great source of plant-based protein, but they also contain several essential vitamins and minerals. Many studies indicate that consuming yardlong beans regularly can help reduce the risk of chronic conditions such as heart disease and cancer. Other impressive health benefits include improved digestion, boosted immune system, improved blood sugar control, and weight loss support.


Traditionally cooked in a large wok for the whole family!

Traditionally cooked in a large wok or pan for the whole family!


Filipino Coconut Squash Stew


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Filipino Coconut Squash Stew

Are you looking for a delicious and hearty new recipe to add to your meal rotation? Look no further than Filipino Coconut Squash Stew (ginataang kalabasa)! This beloved Southeast Asian dish is packed full of flavor and nutrition, making it both a crowd-pleaser and an excellent addition to any health-conscious diet. Aside from being absolutely delicious, this vegan stew is simple enough that anyone can make it in just a few steps using basic pantry staples. Ready to give this stew a try? Keep reading to discover exactly how easy it is to prepare!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Course Main Course
Cuisine Asian, Filipino
Servings 4 servings
Calories 555 kcal


Let's gather the ingredients!

  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil or coconut oil
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tbsp ginger freshly grated
  • 1 yellow onion chopped
  • cups coconut milk full fat
  • 3 cups squash peeled, deseeded, and chopped into 1½-inch cubes
  • cups yardlong beans or green beans, sliced 2 inches
  • 3 Thai chili peppers sliced, more if you want spicier
  • pinch kosher salt
  • pinch black pepper ground


Let's begin!

  • In a medium-sized pot over medium heat, pour oil and saute garlic and ginger until fragrant, not browned. Follow with onions, then saute until the onions turn soft and translucent.
  • Add the squash and coconut milk. simmer for 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the squash is soft and fork-tender.
  • Using the back of the ladle or fork, mash a few of the squash. This will help thicken the stew.
  • Add long beans and mix. You can also add your favorite greens like kale or spinach. You can also add mushrooms, tofu, seitan, or mock meat.
  • Finally, add the chili peppers, then season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Simmer for another 5-6 minutes, then turn off the heat.
  • Serve hot, preferably with rice or garlic fried rice on the side.
  • Enjoy with family and friends!
Keyword coconut, Filipino, squash, Stew


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1. Baked Tomato with Quinoa and Mushroom

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3. Cranberry and White Chocolate Cookies

4. Roasted Teriyaki Brussels Sprouts

5. Oven-baked Vegetable Croquettes




That’s it for this vegan Filipino coconut squash stew recipe! We hope you enjoyed it. If you did, let us know in the comments below. And if you have any questions or feedback, we would love to hear from you as well. Thanks for reading, and happy cooking!


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