56 Filipino Ulam Recipes You Need To Bookmark

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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:  

Table of Contents

• Filipino Pork Recipes

• Filipino Chicken Recipes

• Filipino Fish and Seafood Recipes

• Filipino Beef Recipes

• Filipino Vegetable Recipes

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:

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1 Pork Adobo Recipes

Sprite Pork Adobo Recipe

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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.

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Try these pork adobo recipes:

Sprite Pork Adobo Recipe

Fried Pork Adobo Recipe

Adobo sa Atsuete Recipe

Adobong Puti Recipe

2 Tokwa't Baboy Recipe 

Tokwa't Baboy Recipe
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This tokwa't baboy recipe is best served with lugaw but even without it, you can still have a tasty ulam.

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3 Pork Menudo Recipe   

Pork Menudo Recipe

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Menudo is a hearty pork and tomato stew is not just super tasty but it's also fast and easy to cook. It's got small chunks of pork, which shortens the time needed to tenderize it. Make sure to serve this menudo recipe with lots of rice! 

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4 Pork Sinigang Recipes

Pork Sinigang Recipe
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Sinigang is known for its our tamarind soup, which is just the backdrop of these simmered pork dishes. Pick your choice of other flavorful ingredients to make your sinigang more tasty or leave it as is for a classic soup dish. 

Here are some seriously delicious sinigang recipes to try:

Sinigang na Baboy Recipe

Sinigang na Baboy sa Bayabas Recipe

Sinigang na Baboy sa Miso Recipe

Sinigang na Baboy sa Gabi Recipe

Lechon Kawali Recipes 

Lechon Kawali Recipe
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Lechon kawali are pork belly chunks that have been simmered until tender and then fried until the skin becomes super crispy while the meat stays succulent and tender. You can even cook lechon kawali in an air fryer.

Make these lechon kawali recipes the next time you're craving something crunchy:

Lechon Kawali Recipe

Crunchy Lechon Kawali Recipe

Classic Filipino Lechon Kawali Recipe 

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:

6 Fried Chicken Recipes

Buttermilk fried chicken with gravy
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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. 

Here are recipes to make your fried chicken different every time:

Southern-style Fried Chicken Recipe

Chinese-Style Fried Chicken Recipe

Buttermilk Fried Chicken with Gravy Recipe

Pinoy-Style Crispy Fried Chicken Recipe

7 Chicken Adobo Recipe 

Filipino style chicken adobo Recipe

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You can't go wrong with a classic chicken adobo recipe

8 Tinolang Manok Recipes 

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

Try these tinolang manok recipes that are sure to warm your belly:

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Tinolang Manok Recipe

Tinola with Malunggay Recipe

Tinolang Manok sa Gata Recipe

9 Sopas Recipes 

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Sopas is a chicken macaroni soup that's filling and comforting; perfect for rainy or sick days! You can make the classic, easy version, but you can also amp up the flavor with a surprising addition or make it more hearty with chicken meatballs.

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Chicken Sopas Recipe

Milky Sopas Recipe

Homemade Chicken Balls And Corn Sopas Recipe

Easy Filipino Fish and Seafood Recipes 

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

10 Sweet and Sour Fish Fillets Recipe

Sweet and Sour Fish Fillets
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Fish fillets are easy to cook so to make it more delicious and appetizing, toss them in a sweet, sour, and savory sauce. Give this sweet and sour fish fillet recipe a try!

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11 Ginataang Tulingan Recipe

ginataang Tulingan Recipe
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A simple dish can be quite delicious, too! Make small tulingan super tasty in a coconut sauce with this ginataang tulingan recipe

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12 Paksiw na Isda Recipe 

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Vinegar can be super delicious sauce when it's prepared like this with your choice of fish! This paksiw na isda is sure to make you want second servings.

13 Crispy Tortang Alamang Recipe

Crispy Tortang Alamang Recipe
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Okoy isn't the only crispy fritters you can make! Use tiny dried shrimp or alamang to make this crispy tortang alamang recipe

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14 Adobong Pusit Recipes 

Adobong Pusit Recipe
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The classic adobo can be used to make your favorite seafood delicious! These adobong pusit dishes are popular ulam to make any time you feel the craving for squid. Just make sure you prep your squid properly, and you'll have soft, flavorful adobong pusit.

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Give these adobong pusit recipes a try:

Adobong Pusit Recipe (Squid Adobo)

Adobong Pusit Balsamico Recipe

Adobong Pusit sa Gata Recipe

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:

15 Beef with Broccoli Recipe     

Beef with Broccoli Recipe

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Thin slices of beef can be cooked to tenderness quickly. Make these stir-fried beef dishes more appetizing with a delicious and savory sauce with chunks of broccoli. 

Make this easy beef broccoli recipe, or spruce it up and try this Chinese-style beef broccoli recipe!

 

16 Beef Mechado Recipe

Beef Mechado Recipe

This beef mechado recipe is an easy beef in tomato stew that's simple but hearty, loaded with potatoes and carrots.  

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17 Bistek Tagalog Recipes 

Bistek Tagalog Recipe
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Bistek Tagalog is a simple beef recipe 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. 

Here are irresistably delicious bistek tagalog recipes for you to try:

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Pinoy Bistek Recipe

Beef Tenderloin Bistek Recipe

Creamy Bistek Recipe

Lemon Bistek Recipe

18 Beef Tapa Recipes 

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

These beef tapa recipes are will make any morning good:

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Classic Beef Tapa Recipe

Easy Beef Tapa Recipe

Spicy Beef Tapa Recipe

Thai Beef Tapa Recipe

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:

19 Pork and Beans Gata Recipe 

Pork and Beans Gata Recipe

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This isn't your regular canned pork and beans! Instead, pork and bean gata recipe is literally chunks of pork and chopped green beans made more delicious in gata.

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20 Easy Chicken Chop Suey Recipe

Chicken Chop Suey Recipe
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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. Give your leftover chicken a makeover with this chicken chop suey recipe.

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21 Ginataang Kalabasa Recipes 

Ginataang Kalabasa at Malunggay recipe
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A hearty vegetable dish doesn't always need meat to be delicious, too. For example, ginataan dishes like the onese here make delicious vegetable ulam options when you want to give meat a rest. The classic ginataang kalabasa is a great recipe to start with, and you can even give it a boost of nutrition from malunggay or make it even heartier with pork luncheon meat chunks.   

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Try these ginataang kalabasa recipes:

Ginataang Hipon, Sitaw at Kalabasa Recipe (Shrimp in Coconut Milk)

Ginataang Kalabasa at Malunggay Recipe

Ginataang Kalabasa with Pork Luncheon Meat Recipe

22 Pinakbet Recipes 

Pinakbet Recipe
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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.

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Make these tasty pinakbet recipes:

Pinakbet Recipe

Pakbet Ilocano with Chicharon Recipe

Pakbet Fried Rice with Lechon Kawali Recipe

23 Adobong Talong Recipe 

Adobong Talong Recipe

Photo by Majoy Siason

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.  

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24 Guisadong Ampalaya Recipes 

Ginisang Ampalaya recipe

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. Make sure your ampalaya doesn't taste bitter with this simple step.

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You definitely won't be bitter when you try these ginisang ampalaya recipes:

Guisadong Ampalaya Recipe

Ampalaya con Carne Recipe

Ginisang Ampalaya With Egg Recipe

25 Laing Recipes 

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

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Here are some great laing recipes to try:

Laing Recipe

Bicolano Laing Recipe

  

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