Pinakbet Recipe (No Squash)

I have so many variations of pinakbet (pakbet) recipe in this blog. You must think that I’m obsessed with this dish! Well, at the moment, I am. I need to put a lot of “good food” into my system right now; and what better way to fill up than eating loads of vegetables and a good chunk of fish.

Pinakbet Recipe (No Squash)

That’s what’s exactly what I have for you here. This is not your traditional pinakbet recipe, though. Unlike most pakbet dishes, this one doesn’t have squash in it. I tried cooking pinakbet without the starchy pumpkin and surprisingly, it tastes just as good.

The fish paste (bagoong balayan) ties up the dish together.

Pinakbet Recipe (No Squash)

You wouldn't even notice the squash not being there. I also cooked this pakbet with the tanigue fish. It's a complete meal with a good protein source. All you need to add is a nice serving of rice.

If you’re up for it, get the recipe here.

Pinakbet Recipe (No Squash)

-Garlic, 5-7 cloves, crushed and chopped
-Onions, 1 whole, chopped
-Tomatoes, 2 pcs, quartered
-Okra (Ladyfingers), 200g, cut
-Green beans, 200g, cut
-Eggplant, 1-2 pcs, cut
-Spanish mackerel fillet (tanigue)
-Fish paste (Bagoong Balayan), 1-2 tbsp
-Salt and pepper, to taste
-Cooking oil, 2-3 tbsp
-Water, 1/3 cup

1. Marinate the Spanish Mackerel fillet with salt and pepper.
2. Fry in a pan under medium heat. 4 minutes per side.
3. Cut the fillet into 4.
4. Set aside.
5. Pour oil on the same pan under medium heat.
6. Saute the garlic until it turns golden.
7. Add in the tomatoes. Stir continuously to avoid burning.
8. Add in the onions. Stir until sweaty and wilted.
9. Season the dish with 1tbsp bagoong balayan (fish paste). Stir well.
10. Add in the eggplant, ladyfingers and beans. Stir well.
11. Add the water. Cover the dish.
12. Simmer for 2 minutes or until the dish starts to boil.
13. Season the dish with up to 1 tbsp bagoong balayan and pepper according to liking.
14. Add the fish.
15. Gently stir to avoid breaking the fish.
16. Turn off the heat.
17. Serve with hot steamy rice.

 Adding the fish in the dish itself, rather than serving the 2 separately, makes it tastier. They complement each other because of their obvious and common flavours. The bagoong balayan will bring out the best of the mackerel. Yuummm!

Pinakbet Recipe (No Squash)

Enjoy this dish! And remember me when you cook!


  1. What makes the top of the fish look cheesy? I planned to go shopping tomorrow and now I will be looking for fish paste and mackerel. I know just which store will have them!

    1. Hi kitblu,

      I think it's the effect of the bits of garlic in the photo. :) You can used oil and butter to fry the fish. It will make it tastier. First you heat up the oil, then add the butter. It will be a bubbly mixture. Fry the fish for about 4 minutes.

  2. That sounds so good. I have never had pinakbet before, but I would love to try it.

  3. This looks nice and fresh. My family enjoys Asian cuisine , so I will be scoping out your other recipes.

    MY daughters have fish allergies, so I always have to substitute out fish sauce. I do know it really can make a dish though.

  4. Hmm. I am always up for trying something new and with lots of vegetables. My diet is kind of strict but this might fit right in.

  5. I'm all for learning about new healthy recipes. You can never have too many healthy recipes on hand to break up meal time boredem.

  6. This Looks really good! I'm not even a big fish person, but I'm going to make an exception sometimes this might be the exception.

  7. I cook seafood twice a week for health reasons. I'll have to try some of your recipes so we don't get tired of eating it the same way all the time.

  8. Mmm, those flavors sound amazing. I'd love to make this as a special dinner-for-two.

  9. This looks very good and very healthy. I will have to give this a try. I have never used fish paste before.

  10. This looks so yummy, though I would prefer mine with squash and squash blossoms. This made me hungry!

  11. That looks really tasty! And I like the vegetable that are in it! Awesome, can't wait to try this recipe!

  12. Oh, this looks really good and easy to do. My mom loves this! I'll have to make it for her.

  13. I heard this Recipe to my friend in Philippines: and I surpass to try this recipe,. Something new to me the vegetables and eventually really delicious and healthy.

  14. Looks so delicious! Might have to add this my menu for next week!

  15. It looks so good, I would love to try to make this sometime for my parents.

  16. I have never heard of this dish before. Is love to give it a try! Looks yummy!

  17. This looks delish! I wonder if it would taste good with chicken too? I am going to try this recipe. Thanks

  18. I love Pinakbet too and this version of yours is really interesting.Are you avoiding starch?


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