All The Filipino Ulam Recipes You Need To Bookmark

These are your go-to recipes for everyday meals.

Coming up with a meal plan is not an easy task. In fact, making sure that every meal served every day is an appetizing one is a challenging job. The cook in the family not only has to take into account the number of ingredients needed and how much to cook, but also what to cook next.

Are you the cook in the family? If you are, you know the trials that you must go through to decide what to cook and serve. If you are ever caught unsure about what to cook, here are easy Filipino ulam recipes that can satisfy the hungriest of tummies. Just choose your main ingredient and see what you want to cook next:  

Easy Filipino Pork Recipes

When it comes to Filipino food, it’s obvious that pork is a well-loved meat. Check this list of delicious pork recipes to try when you need a refresher course on pork dishes to serve:  

Sprite Pork Adobo Recipe
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1 Pork Adobo Recipes

There’s a reason why the pork adobo recipe is well-loved: it has both a savory and tangy taste to it. You can make your version of the pork adobo with the classic soy sauce and vinegar which is tasty but you can also make it super tender in half the time, all thanks to the lemon-lime soda Sprite. 

Tokwa't Baboy Recipe
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2 Tokwa’t Baboy Recipe 

This is best served with lugaw but even without it, you can still have a tasty ulam.

Pork Menudo Recipe

3 Pork Menudo Recipe   

This hearty pork and tomato stew is not just super tasty but it’s also fast and easy to cook. The small chunks of pork make tenderizing the pork fast.  


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Pork Sinigang Recipe
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4 Pork Sinigang Recipes 

Sour tamarind soup is just the backdrop of these simmered pork dishes. Pick your choice of other flavorful ingredients to make it more tasty or leave it as is for a classic soup dish. 

Lechon Kawali Recipe
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Lechon Kawali Recipes 

These pork belly chunks are from a pork belly that’s been simmered until tender and then fried until the skin becomes super crispy while the meat stays succulent and tender. You can even cook the pork in an air fryer


Easy Filipino Chicken Recipes 

Chicken will always be a favorite, whether it’s simply fried or simmered in a flavorful soup. Here are recipes to give you an edge over ordering for delivery: 

Buttermilk fried chicken with gravy
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6 Fried Chicken Recipes

There are many ways to make fried chicken. Marinated, battered, floured, and fried is the classic way but there are also simpler ways to make it just as appetizing with less work. 

Filipino style chicken adobo Recipe
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7 Chicken Adobo Recipe 

You can’t go wrong with a classic chicken adobo recipe! 

tinolang manok recipe
Photo by Majoy Siason

8 Tinolang Manok Recipes 

A simple chicken and ginger soup is the comforting dish you want to make when the days become cooler. 

chicken sopas
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9 Sopas Recipes 

You can make an easy version of this chicken macaroni soup but you can also amp up the flavor with a surprising addition or make it more hearty with chicken meatballs.   


Easy Filipino Fish and Seafood Recipes 

Choose your kind of fish and seafood for any of these tasty recipes: 

Sweet and Sour Fish Fillets
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10 Sweet and Sour Fish Fillets Recipe

Fish fillets are easy to cook so to make it more delicious and appetizing, a sweet, sour, and savory sauce. 

ginataang Tulingan Recipe
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11 Ginataang Tulingan Recipe 

A simple dish can be quite delicious, too! Make small tulingang super tasty in a coconut sauce. 

paksiw na bangus recipe
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12 Paksiw na Isda Recipe 

Vinegar can be super delicious sauce when it’s prepared like this with your choice of fish!

Crispy Tortang Alamang Recipe
Photo by Majoy Siason

13 Crispy Tortang Alamang Recipe

Okoy isn’t the only crispy fritters you can make! Use tiny dried shrimp or alamang to make these. 

Adobong Pusit Recipe
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14 Adobong Pusit Recipes 

The classic adobo can be used to make your favorite seafood delicious! This pusit version is a popular ulam to make any time you feel the craving for squid. 

Easy Filipino Beef Recipes 

Beef can be easy to cook if you have a few tools, gadgets, and even cooking tricks in your kitchen to make cooking it fast and easy. Take advantage of the pressure cooker, slow cooker, or even a meat mallet to make your job of cooking beef that’s tender easy with these recipes: 

Beef with Broccoli Recipe
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15 Beef with Broccoli Recipe     

Thin slices of beef can be cooked to tenderness quickly. Make it more appetizing with a delicious and savory sauce with chunks of broccoli. 

Beef Mechado Recipe

16 Beef Mechado Recipe

This easy beef in tomato stew is simple but hearty, loaded with potatoes and carrots.  

Bistek Tagalog Recipe
Photo by Miguel Nacianceno

17 Bistek Tagalog Recipes 

This simple beef recipe is made super tasty with just these ingredients: soy sauce, calamansi, and onions. Give it a twist with additional ingredients to make it even more appetizing when served. 

Beef Tapa Recipe
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18 Beef Tapa Recipes 

Tapa recipes are fast and is an easy ulam to prepare for breakfast. Just remember to serve it with lots of garlic rice!  

Easy Filipino Vegetable Recipes

Vegetable recipes do not have to be side dishes. In fact, some are seriously hearty even without it. Give these vegetable-heavy recipes a try:   

Pork and Beans Gata Recipe

19 Pork and Beans Gata Recipe 

This isn’t your canned pork and beans! Instead, this is literally, chunks of pork and chopped green beans made more delicious in gata.

Chicken Chop Suey Recipe
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20 Easy Chicken Chop Suey Recipe    

Taking advantage of leftover chicken isn’t just being thrifty. It’s a smart move that can result in a dish that’s is delicious, too.

Ginataang Kalabasa at Malunggay recipe
Photo by Majoy Siason

21 Ginataang Kalabasa Recipes 

A hearty vegetable dish doesn’t always need meat to be delicious, too. Make the classic ginataang kalabasa dish or give it a boost of nutrition from malunggay or make it even heartier with pork luncheon meat chunks.   

Pinakbet Recipe
Photo by Riell Santos

22 Pinakbet Recipes 

Whether it’s the classic version of the pinakbet or one with a few changes made to make it different, this hearty vegetable dish has bagoong which makes it super tasty and unique.

Adobong Talong Recipe
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23 Adobong Talong Recipe 

This adobong talong recipe is incredibly flavorful, and it’s all because it’s fried until caramelized before getting doused in the flavorful adobo sauce.  

Ginisang Ampalaya recipe

24 Guisadong Ampalaya Recipes 

This simple ginisang ampalaya is a popular side dish but it doesn’t need to be. You can add ground meat to it to or even just a egg or two to take from a side dish to your main ulam.  

Laing recipe
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25 Laing Recipes 

This creamy laing dish is made with taro or gabi leaves. This is a classic recipe that make this vegetable super appetizing. Plus, it’s got lots of bagoong in it to make delicious! 


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