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Try this Filipino Catfish in coconut milk ( Ginataang hito )

Ginataan is one of the creamy Filipino specialties that never fail to get positive remarks. One of these is the Filipino Catfish in Coconut Milk Recipe. It uses catfish, a fish variety that goes well with coconut milk. The combination of the two main ingredients consequently brings out a good-to-be true aroma and subtle flavor.

The Ginataang Hito Recipe is well-loved by Filipinos. It is commonly served as a main course for their meals— lunch or dinner. More so, it is perfect to be served with a cup of hot rice and a glass of any beverages.


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Ginataang Hito Ingredients:

  • 1 kilo catfish
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tsp atsuete seeds (annatto)
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1/8 cup onions, chopped
  • 5 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 (20-ounce) can lite coconut milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper, or to taste
  • 2 hot red chili peppers, sliced

Ginataang Hito or Catfish in coconut milk Cooking Instructions:

  • Soak the atsuete seeds in 1/4 cup water. Macerate (with fingers) and let stand for 20 minutes then strain and set aside the juice.
  • Wash and clean the catfish, slice to desire sizes and pat dry.
  • Heat olive oil and add garlic and onion. Saute over medium heat until onion is soft.
  • Add the atsuete juice, vinegar, soy sauce, bay leaf, and coconut milk. Bring to a boil and cook for 3 to 4 minutes.
  • Add the catfish and chiles. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Simmer for another 5 to 8 minutes until the fish is cooked and to allow flavors to blend.
  • Serve the Ginataang Hito with hot steamed white rice.


Ginataang Hito Recipe or Catfish in coconut milk  is a delightful dish well-loved by Filipinos.

ginataang hito or catfish in coconut milk

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