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How to cook Nilagang Baka

Nilagang Baka Recipe is a delicious beef stew made with petsay, cabbages and other vegetables. It is one of the most common dishes that can be found in every part of the Philippines.  Nilagang Baka is an everyday dish that can be found in almost all carinderias (small eatery) in the Philippines which is highly appreciated by every one.

From the name itself Nilaga meaning boiled, Baka means beef in English, it takes several hours to cook this dish. The process of boiling makes the meat soft and tender. Beef brisket, short rib or beef shank would be an excellent choice for this dish, and of course, fresh vegetables must be added to make a perfect flavorful soup.

Try this delicious and nutritious beef soup, Nilagang Baka Recipe.

nilagang baka recipe

Nilagang Baka Ingredients:

  • 1 kilo beef shank
  • 8 potatoes cut the same size as the beef
  • 1 bundle Pechay (Bok choy) cut into 2 pieces
  • 1 small cabbage, quartered
  • 5 onions, diced
  • 4 tablespoons of patis (fish sauce)
  • 10 corns of black pepper
  • 1 liter of water
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Nilagang Baka Cooking Instructions:

  • In a big casserole, place beef and pour in water the water level is just above the meat.
  • Bring to boil and let it simmer for 10 mins then remove scum or dirt on top while simmering.
    Add onions, cover & simmer for 1 to 1 and 1/2 hrs or until beef is tender, if using pressure cooker it will only take 30 mins.
  • Add enough water, beef cube & potatoes, continue to simmer until potatoes are cooked.
  • Add peppercorn, ground pepper, & fish sauce.
  • Add the cabbage then the pechay, cover then simmer for 2 mins. Do not over cook the vegetables.
  • Salt and pepper to taste.
  • Serve steaming hot in a bowl and plain white rice.


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10 Responses

  1. Auring

    June 21st, 2008 at 6:47 pm


    This beef stew is one of the best recipe i ever had, and its delicious .

  2. bete

    January 18th, 2009 at 9:16 am


    i’been learning how to cook yah! this is good site. it help very much whos someone like me.THANKS ha.

  3. CresX02

    August 27th, 2009 at 6:57 am


    at last! my kuya dnt have to buy food from outside the house,.. cuz i can cook myself,.. thank you so much,.

  4. kiev

    September 3rd, 2009 at 2:09 am


    mukhang masarap yung picture. try ko nga..hehe actually bumili na ako ng ingredients….im cooking this 2 hours from now. sana it’ll turn out right. thanks for the recipe!

  5. netti

    November 11th, 2009 at 7:46 am


    i tried the recipe and only now have i tasted a nilaga this tasty. thanks a lot! 🙂

  6. jm

    April 9th, 2010 at 8:05 pm


    sarap lalu na ang litiD ng bAka

  7. kabayan

    May 5th, 2010 at 8:18 am


    salamat po sa recipe na ito gamit na gamit as OFW

  8. Abie

    May 8th, 2010 at 7:28 pm


    thanks for the recipe!

  9. Mona Verdida

    September 21st, 2014 at 3:52 am


    Looks good!!! This recipe is what we usually follow when we cook this dish 🙂

  10. Arnel

    April 10th, 2016 at 9:46 am


    Thanks for this amazing recipe, I’m a Power pressure cooker fan and I’ve used this recipe and find getting more of a true taste when the beef is pressure cooked!

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