Laswa Recipe

July 25, 2011
(Last Updated On: November 1, 2018)

How to cook Laswa

Laswa Recipe is a popular Ilonggo vegetable soup, it is the equivalent of Bulanglang from Batangas and Dinengdeng from Ilocos region.   Laswa is very simple to prepare and the vegetable ingredients has to be fresh.

The flavors of the fresh mixed vegetables go together with the shrimp that’s why this soup is flavorful and delicious.  Alugbati or Kulitis, Okra, Kalabasa and Saluyot are a must ingredients for this  soup and whatever vegetables that are in season.

Laswa Recipe

Laswa Vegetable Soup is a healthy dish and very rich in fiber which is very important in our digestion. It is best served immediately while the vegetables are still firm and Laswa is a great side dish for anything fried especially with fried fish.

Laswa Ingredients and Cooking Procedure:

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Laswa Recipe

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Vegetables
Cuisine: Filipino
Servings: 3
Author: Eduardo Joven


  • 1/8 kilo diced Kalabasa Squash
  • 1/4 kilo Alugbati Malabar Spinach or Kulitis ( Native Spinach )
  • 5 pcs Sitaw or Balatong String Beans cut into 2 inches
  • 3 pcs Okra cut into wedges
  • 1/4 kilo fresh Shrimp shell intact
  • 1 pc Talong Eggplant , sliced
  • Salt to taste or Fish Sauce Patis
  • 2 cloves garlic pound
  • 1 Magic Sarap sachet optional
  • 6 cups of water


  • Bring the water to a boil
  • Add the fresh Shrimp
  • Once the fresh Shrimp turns pinkish, add the Okra then after two minutes add the Squash.
  • When the Squash start to slightly fork tender, add the String beans and Eggplant
  • Add half sachet of Magic Sarap ( optional ) then add salt to taste or Patis
  • Turn off the heat then add your leafy vegetables, they will get cooked by the residual heat so it won't get overcooked.
  • Serve Laswa immediately with Fried fish


Laswa Recipe

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    December 1, 2017 at 12:05 am

    Nahidlaw na ako sang laswa ba

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    January 31, 2017 at 4:39 am

    Instead of saluyot or alugbati can I replace it with spinach? Thanks.

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    Donna L.

    March 7, 2015 at 3:11 am

    This soup looks so nutritious and tasty!

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    March 8, 2013 at 9:49 am

    Actually, the original ilonggo version uses Saluyot instead of Alugbati.

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    Cathy Santos

    June 15, 2012 at 9:59 am

    Great website! thanks to Pinoy Recipe I’ve tried several recipes here that I love to eat but not available at any restaurant where I am now,kahit papano naka kain din ako ng mga pinoy foods.

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    jared's mum

    July 25, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    ooh! i love laswa! i had a taste when a friend of mine brought some at work + it was really vegetarian manna! i’d love to try it one time + will bookmark this page for the recipe. thanks for sharing 😀

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