Nilagang Baka Recipe

December 20, 2007
(Last Updated On: March 21, 2014)

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.


nilagang baka recipe



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    Lynne B

    October 25, 2016 at 10:17 pm

    This is one of my favorite dishes that my mom made for us growing up. It still is!

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    Christina A.

    August 15, 2016 at 5:07 pm

    I’ve never heard of this! Sounds interesting and delicious! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    April 10, 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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    Mona Verdida

    September 21, 2014 at 3:52 am

    Looks good!!! This recipe is what we usually follow when we cook this dish ๐Ÿ™‚

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    May 8, 2010 at 7:28 pm

    thanks for the recipe!

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    May 5, 2010 at 8:18 am

    salamat po sa recipe na ito gamit na gamit as OFW

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    April 9, 2010 at 8:05 pm

    sarap lalu na ang litiD ng bAka

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    November 11, 2009 at 7:46 am

    i tried the recipe and only now have i tasted a nilaga this tasty. thanks a lot! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    September 3, 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!

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    August 27, 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,.

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    January 18, 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.

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    June 21, 2008 at 6:47 pm

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

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