Bangus Dinengdeng Recipe

Dinengdeng is a Filipino vegetable dish that uses grilled bangus or milkfish. Originally, it cames form Ilocos region that is way similar to pinakbet because  of the use of assorted locally grown vegetables like bitter gourd or ampalaya, stringbeans and eggplants and using bagoong as flavoring. The obvious difference from the rest of the Ilocano vegetable dishes is the use of grilled bangus or sometime tilapia that gives the dish the distinctive flavor. This recipe we have here uses bangus, malunggay leaves, kalabasa, okra, string beans, ampalaya, bagoong, ginger, tomatoes, red onion and water. If you are searching for a healthy dish that doesn’t use pork or beef, then this recipe is right just for you. Try it now!


  • 1 pc bangus, grilled and shredded
  • 2 cups malunggay leaves, washed
  • 1 cup kalabasa flower
  • 10 pcs okra, sliced
  • 1 bundle string beans, sliced into 3-inch pieces
  • 2 pieces medium ampalaya, sliced
  • 3 tbsps bagoong isda
  • 1 thumb-sized ginger, sliced
  • 2 medium-sized tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 red onion, sliced
  • 3 cups water

How To Cook Bangus Dinengdeng:

  • Bring water to a boil in a pot and add ginger, onion, and tomato.
  • Simmer for a few minutes and pour bagoong isda.
  • Add okra, string beans and ampalaya. Cook in medium heat for 5 minutes.
  • Put in the kalabasa flower and malunggay leaves, simmer for a minute.
  • Lastly add the grilled fish and serve.

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