Authentic Filipino Vegetable Recipes


Dinengdeng ng Ilocano Recipe

Dinengdeng, which is also called "Abraw" or "Inabraw", is a "bagoong" based soup dish made primarily of vegetables, where bagoong is a sauce produced from the fermention of fish or other types of seafood.

To prepare dinendeng is to simply boil water in a pot, season with bagoong sauce and then add the vegetables followed by the grilled or fried fish or meat. Variations of this dish depends on what type of vegetables you want to use and what kind of fish or meat you want to add. The most common vegetables used in this dish are those that can be grown natively in one's own garden and backyard such as jute leaves, pods and leaves of the marunggay, leaves and fruits of bitter melon, calabaza squash and blossoms, alakon blossoms, amaranth leaves, sweet potato tubers and leaves, gourds (like kabatiti and tabungaw), string beans and shoots, talinum, chayote squash and shoots, chili peppers, sabunganay (banana blossoms), corn, eggplant, okra, winged beans, parda beans, lima beans, various mushrooms like oyster mushrooms, whole taro, cassava tubers, purple yams, and wild potatoes. Grilled fish or meat is the original combination of this dish since frying was not yet introduced in the pre-Spanish times. Also, the secret ingredient of this dish is to always include jute leaves (saloyot) in your dinengdeng recipe to thicken the soup.

Dinengdeng is a regional Filipino dish that originated in Ilocos regions. History of this dish can be traced during the pre-colonial period of Philippine history when boiling, roasting, and grilling where still the most common methods of cooking. The Ilocanos who migrated in the northern part of the Philippines are skilled and talented in so many ways and some prominent names of Ilocano ancestry are Jose Burgos, Juan Luna, Carlos P. Garcia, Carlos P. Romulo, Ramon Magsaysay, Ferdinand Marcos, Freddie Aguilar, Robert "Bobby" Jaworski, Robin Padilla, and Jessica Soho. When it comes to culinary skills, no doubt, they know how to prepare the best recipes in the country. In fact, a lot of the authentic and popular Filipino recipes were made by the Ilocanos and dinengdeng dish is one of those dishes.

Dinengdeng Ingredients @ comment #4

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Dinengdeng @ comment #4


Dinengdeng @ comment #5

Greeny dinengdeng with grilled tilapia, saluyot (jute leaves), sitaw (green beans), and winged (sigarelyas).


Variation: Dinengdeng with pasayan (shrimps), sabunganay (banana heart) and saluyot (jute leaves).

dinengdeng variation

Awesome! This photo speaks a thousand words...lots of possibilities in cooking dinengdeng.


Dinengdeng ng Ilocano Ingredients:

1 milk fish (bangus); fried or grilled
1 cup string beans; cut into 2" long
6 pieces okra
1 cup squash; cut in cubes
1 big ampalaya; cut in 2” rectangular lengths
1 onion; sliced
2 large tomatoes; sliced
1 cup jute leaves (saluyot)
1 root ginger; crushed
Bagoong isda
3 cups water

Dinengdeng ng Ilocano Cooking Instructions:

In a casserole, bring water to boil. Add onion, ginger, and tomatoes. Let stand for 3 minutes.  Season  with bagoong and continue boiling for 5 minutes.  Remove the scum that rises on top of the liquid and then drop the milkfish.  Simmer for 5 minutes, then add vegetables. Cook until vegetables are done.  Adjust seasoning according to taste. Serve hot!

Cooking Tip:

You can use other fish and seafood like tilapia, shrimp or shellfish.

You can also use or add other vegetables like sweet potato and malunggay fruits.

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Comments (61)

I want to learn this recipe denengdeng because my boyfriend once ate this at nagustuhan nya and he want me to cook it for him:-D
kaya please turuan nyo ako how to cook delicios denengdeng..
#61 - Rechel Flor - 07/22/2014 - 07:41
Manong Tony, inikkam kadi ti parya nga garaw? Ay mayyang kaasi pay, madi nakapanganen..... madina makita tay dinengdeng mon manong.....:-D just kidding

naimas ti dinengdeng laukam ti tinuno nga paltat.
#60 - Ser Etter - 04/21/2014 - 13:16
Nagimas kan mayyang. Masarap ako mag luto nyan... Aglimming iti nangisit iti matam no siak iti nagluto iti dinengdeng
#59 - Tony - 04/13/2014 - 19:55
wow it's delicious
Nagimas daytoyin nga makan. Masarap talaga ang lutong pilipino. if i cook it, then you'll have something delicious to remember!
#58 - Anton - 04/13/2014 - 19:55
naimas nga talaga..:)
:-Pcan't wait to eat dinengdeng na...naimas nga talaga..imizu dinengdeng...
#57 - jorelyn licayo - 09/19/2013 - 14:07
missed dinengdeng
i have been craving for this dinengdeng thats why i cooked it for two consecutive days! i am from iloilo but i liked and always crave for this dinengdeng! again today, im gonna cook this for lunch! ingredienrs are ready! buti nalang kahit sa KSA kumpleto ang filipino gulays! kahit saluyot available! thanks to my ilocano colleagues before! I came to know and taste this healthy dinengdeng!
#56 - marki - 08/22/2013 - 20:30
sarap talaga ang dinengdeng lalo na ung saluyot at labong pos sagpawam tinono nga bangus,sarap kain.

maida 07/10/13
#55 - maida - 07/09/2013 - 21:24
missing you,,,,Dinengdeng
i love it because of the variety of vegetables that is mixed together,,aglal lalo nu ni Papang ko ti agluto.hehe,,uray adda nak dtoy cebu,i still miss ilocano dishes ......
#54 - joyce - 06/15/2013 - 04:36
#53 - BETH702MCGRAW@AOL.COM - 06/10/2013 - 12:38
agpaburek ka ti danum isabay mo diay tinuno nga bangus no nagburek boggoongam kalpasan na ti 10 minuto nga agburburek,ipisok mo sabay amin nga nating no nagburek manin ket agidasar kan ah manong,manang ta naluton sabayam ti sili kagatkagatim sa kanto agsagawisiw...mayat da best talaga...;-)
#52 - evo - 05/04/2013 - 09:27
kanyaman na..
#51 - jyzza - 03/13/2013 - 02:43
makulay ang buhay sa gulay.

#50 - makulayangbuhaysagulay - 02/26/2013 - 03:20
Nagramanin LAKAY
Nagramanin kailian data ah ti sida nga kamayatan unay duray man no inaydaw nga dinengdeng mayat..umay kayon ta agsasango tayo amin..
#49 - ERWIN OLIDAN - 10/08/2012 - 17:22
great dish dinengdeng
taga iloilo ako pero nagustuhan ko ang lasa ng dinengdeng very much similar to our own version of laswa. i have ilocano friend that showed me how to cook the dish and now I will cook this myself. good stuff very easy to do. importante lang fresh ang gulay. this is where the good taste come from!
#48 - bert mendez - 09/25/2012 - 08:00
namimiss kon ti denengdeng agpadigo kayo man met apo.
#47 - virgilio - 08/25/2012 - 12:10
love this dish
i'm from visayas and i love dinengdeng!
#46 - nikki - 08/13/2012 - 21:23
:-D sarap lalo na ngayung rainy days...bukas na bukas din magluto me...salamat po
#45 - daphnejavier - 08/07/2012 - 04:24
i miss this dish :(
namiss ko na yung luto ng lola ko.. tagal ko na kasi di nakakauwi sa pangasinan :) pero magluluto nalang ako neto in the mean time :D hehe .. sobrang love ko ang mga gantong dish ..
#44 - danielle jean - 07/31/2012 - 02:34
simple lang ang dinengdeng ko, magpakulo ng tubig at ilagay ang bagoong isda na gawa sa pangasinan or ilocos. ilagay ang inihaw na isda para lumasa at isunod na ilagay ang gulay. hindi na kailangan ang maraming rekado para maging masarap ang lasa... ang pinaka importante ay yung bagoong at sariwang gulay.
#43 - edwin - 07/28/2012 - 21:47
naimas ti dinengdeng thanx ngarod
#42 - edilyn - 07/28/2012 - 20:40
naimas nga pangrabii
I found a tree of malunggay jay balay ti kabsat ni among ko.ilutok inton madamdama isut pangrabeek.hehe
proud Ilokano
#41 - melbie - 07/12/2012 - 08:26
nagimasen- makapabisin
mailiwak nga agsida t denengdeng, tay luto ni nanang ko nga aglalaok..
#40 - adel - 05/25/2012 - 03:41
miss to eat dinengdeng
miss q n tlga and dinengdeng, lalo n luto ng papa q.. srap lalo n kung may pritong bangus.. hay khit n mgreklamo mga kpitbahay nmin dito s Abu Dhabi dhil ayaw nilang mkaamoy ng bagoong.. go go go.. mgluluto aq s thursday kc halfday lng aq..
i cant wait.. proud to be an ILOCANA..
#39 - len - 03/13/2012 - 00:05
be proud to the dishes of ilocano,,,proud to be,,,,,,
#38 - Nick;z - 03/08/2012 - 22:39
uray sadino nga parte lubong ayan ko birbirukek latta ti lutong ilocano
da best nga tlga nagruna diningdeng
#37 - lady - 03/05/2012 - 22:09
imas ah
naimas atoy...i. an ilocana from calayan cagayan valley but i am risiding here in mindanao now...masarap talaga lutong ilokano super...we use bagoong kz pag gulay niloloto natin.dito kz sa mindanao toyo (soy sauce)gamit nila so hindi ko talaga gusto yung lasa...dito sa house ako talaga taga luto kz pag hindi ako nako d ako gaganahan kumain...hehehe...dinengdeng tapos tinuno nga tilapya ti ilaok..apo nagimasen....
#36 - calayan girl - 02/23/2012 - 03:33
i like dinindign very much kahit everyday ulam ko to ok lang.
#35 - deby - 02/05/2012 - 20:17
Bagoong Isda
More than 8 years n ako dito sa manila since ngcollege at miss n miss ko na ang dinengdeng.
dont miss the "bagoong isda" sa mga ingredients nyu kasi yung ang nagdadala ng sarap.. :)

makapagluto nga nito bukas.. :)
#34 - ikko - 01/21/2012 - 05:36
love it
thanks sa pag post ng mga recipes i came from an ilocano family of my mom but my dad is tagalog, I love Ilocano dishes so healthy and yummy...
#33 - Jeanne Ruth Ner - 01/17/2012 - 04:36
kalenyan ko gayd e pinakbet a ilokano ka mananam gayd endo mabagel so kanggalbek amayka makakan.pinagyaw a popoyo o alowan so makatino na mapiya gayd so kakan.......egkasela pan sa madadas gayd...ohhhhh.....wasalam
#32 - hassim diakem redovan - 01/12/2012 - 10:46
naimas nga talaga daytoy dinengdeng tayo nga ilokano. awan makaabak healthy pay!
#31 - ken - 01/12/2012 - 07:21
okra subs 4 saluyot
f no saluyot ... okra s ok..
#30 - achie58 - 12/17/2011 - 08:00
i luv denengdeng
ilocano din po ako. masarap talaga dinengdeng, in fact misis ko waray from samar madalas sya pa nagrerequest ng ulam na ito. nagustuhan narin nya!
+ 100000000 points.
#29 - richard - 12/17/2011 - 05:24
;-)nakakain nako nito pero matagal na yun,maliit pako.Kasi taga la union din ako.Gusto ko uli kumain nito pero pag aaralan ko muna kung paano..ha ha ha
#28 - anna - 11/30/2011 - 06:46
i mis dis food.favorite ko tong food na 2,wala kc luto d2 sa arad contry,ilocano po ako laking san fernando city la union.dis is my favorite food compare to colesterol foods.
#27 - jm_flores15` - 10/30/2011 - 14:17
the best talaga ang dinengdeng...sana makapagluto din ako.
#26 - - 10/24/2011 - 19:06
dinengdeng, kilawing dilis or tangigi at inihaw na isda ang masarap na kubinasyon sa tanghalian mga kababayan.
#25 - ronald - 09/28/2011 - 13:56
I just cook it and I really love it... super na miss ko ito.. :)
#24 - Michelle M. Soriano - 09/17/2011 - 01:31
my favorite with dinardaraan
Ilocana ako pro laking Manila. Paborito ko tlga ang dinengdeng lalo na pag may kasamang dinuguan.hmmmmm...sarap! Nilalagyan ko din ito ng talbos ng ampalaya tsaka dahon ng malunggay. Kahit nandito ako s Arab Country nagluluto p din ako...:-P
#23 - irene - 09/15/2011 - 03:23
Sa Aringay, La Union masarap magluto ang mga pinsan ko ng Dinengdeng. I really like it. Naghahalo rin sila ng bulaklak ng kalabasa. Napakasarap talaga.
#22 - - 08/17/2011 - 07:43
naimas nga dinengdeng
That's my fave. I remember eating this when I was in P.I. 3 to 4 times a week lalo na pag may sabaw, ang sarap.

I sometimes cook dinengdeng here and my hubby likes it.
#21 - Shie - 08/03/2011 - 16:50
masarap din...........ilonggo ako pro nasarapan din ....d nakakasawa
#20 - susie jean palma - 07/01/2011 - 01:50
:-D:-D:-D i love denengdeng. kasi ilokano ako at marunong din ako magluto ng denengdeng at ung asawa ko kahit laking US cya nagustuhan nya parin ung denengdeng. tnx sa recipe mo even iba cya sa niluluto kung denengdeng. try ko din ito.:-D
#19 - - 06/17/2011 - 10:22
about dinengdeng
ang paborito kung ulam.
#18 - - 05/31/2011 - 05:12
I grew up eating dinengdeng, especially if both parents are Ilocanos!!! What I love about the dinendeng is the carabasa...what is substituted out here in the states (for you americanized Filipinos) is Kabocha squash or Japanese squash/pumpkin. Hope this helps for those American Filipinos living out here...carabasa is an equivalence to a kabocha squash here in america:):-D
#17 - GQue - 04/24/2011 - 22:50
Dinengdeng is the easiest, authentic filipino dish. Anyone can cook it without cooking book/instruction. You can use/combine all the following vegetables: patani, sweet potato,patola,segarelyas, sweet potato tops, pumpkin tops and flowers, also flowers of ampalaya, malunggay leaves, flowers or fruit?,saluyot, sitaw and its young leaves. If in season, young mung beans fruit? Other important ingredients: bagoong dilis and inihaw na bangus or tilapia. Boil water using a deep sauce pan. Put the bagoong in big cup or pyrex jug and put some hot water over the bagoong,leave it for two minutes then stir and carefully pour it back in the pan. Skim and add the fish, leave to boil for maybe two minutes then add first vegetables that takes longer to cook. maybe after a minute or two, the rest of of the vegetables. Add patis (if desired) adjust according to your taste. Serve hot with also hot plain rice. Then kamayan na. Followed by mangang hinog as dessert. Umm..... masarap, malinamnam!
#16 - Shiony - 03/17/2011 - 17:07
;-) it's my first time to cook dinengdeng...d ko masyado gusto ung dinengdeng kc d nmn ako ilokano. but i'll cooking it today for my ilokano bf..i'll just cross my fingers sana lng masarap.
#15 - irene rivero - 02/17/2011 - 18:28
super sarap tlaga ng mother loves to cook dinengdeng,favorite tlga namin ang dinengdeng.
#14 - rak - 02/02/2011 - 00:08
:-( can't find some of the ingredients here in states... Can you suggest a substitute for saluyot?
#13 - April - 12/22/2010 - 17:33
this is my first time to cook with this kind of food, di ko alam kung ano ang magiging result nito. Coz back home my mother always to cook dinengdeng and it was so good. Hope na makuha ko rin yung lasa ng luto ng mother ko.
#12 - evelyn - 12/13/2010 - 09:07
Dinengdeng Cooking Procedure
@ comment #9

"Thank you" for sharing us your cooking procedure. A+++ and recommended!
#11 - MyFilipinoRecipes - 12/08/2010 - 09:25
kanyaman ...
#10 - ronald - 12/08/2010 - 08:16
Diningding ni Nanay
:-D Magpakulo muna ng tubig sa kaserola then put the bagoong... Pag kumulo ulit ilagay yung inihaw na hito para mapunta sa sabaw yung talagang isdang lasa. Then add sitaw, ampalaya, okra, talong and kalabasa.
Last to put the talbus ng kalabasa or bulaklak...Put MSG to enhance the taste!
#9 - Sunshine Manuel - 11/03/2010 - 04:32
I'm an Ilongga residing in the U.S. I like dinengdeng a lot and learned to cook it. It's a great success even the first time i tried.
#8 - Joy - 11/01/2010 - 01:19
dinengdng version
sa bawat sulok ng ilocos region ay may kanya-kanyang version ,kung paano magluto ng dinengdeng basta ang importante ay nandun ang unang ingredients nito ang BAGOONG NA ISDA at ang INIHAW NA ISDA O PRITO......d best sa aking ang talbos ng kalabasa,bulaklak ng kalabasa,malunggay leaves at kunting talbos ng ampalaya..........
#7 - roel pascual - 10/22/2010 - 17:25
Hi,I'm here in the US and I can't find sweet potatoes like the one we have there in the Philippines to mix in my dinengdeng.Can I use like the regular potatoes here in the US such as the Idaho potatoes?Yung gingamit nila for mashed potato?
#6 - jane - 08/18/2010 - 12:35
Dinengdeng other ver.
For me it is always best to always add sweet potatoes(kamote) on my dinengdeng with malunggay, tomatoes kabatiti, saluyot, pumpkin flowers, eggplant, malunggay fruits, sitaw, or any dinengdeng vegetables ingredients u want for your recipe. I boil the water from the casserole then put garlic and tomatoes. I do not use ginger on my dinengdeng. I first put to boil the sweet potatoes and the malunggay fruits, when it's nearly cooked i put the other vegetables, after 2-3 min. Get 1 medium-sized sweet potatoe and mash it first in a bowl then distribute it in the casserole by stirring. If u don't want the smell or taste of bagoong, u can just add small amount of it and use the fish sauce(patis) instead and salt. Adjust it to your taste. (you can add small amount of MSG if u want). When it is about to be cooked, put shreded/cut/whole fried fish that fits the casserole. I always want the sweet taste of mash kamote on it's soup.
#5 - JP - 07/27/2010 - 13:02
dinengdeng genuine
mas masarap if you will boil grilled bangus or tilapia and 3 pcs tomatoes in a casserole. use hugas bigas as broth with bagoong na isda.(sinala din). then put vegetables (patola cut in large strips, eggplant cut the same as in patola, sitaw na turo, sitaw tops, malunggay leaves, kangkong native, spinach leaves and top with kalabasa flower) season with msg to taste.
#4 - jenny - 03/19/2010 - 16:20
Delicious Dinengdeng
Masarap talaga ang dinengdeng. Specialty yan ng mga Ilokano. Masarap kainin yan with rice ng naka kamay habang pinapakinggan ang "bahay kubo" song (joke only)!
#3 - Mario - 02/01/2010 - 19:52
I cant wait na maluto to bukas.. will let you know kung ano kinalabasan..pag naging maayos sya lagay ko sya sa site ko agad.. thanks..

#2 - aza - 02/01/2010 - 17:07
Try this one: first let the water boil in casserole then put onion ginger,tomatoe let boil for 3 min.then put the bagoong isda(salain pra di kasama ang tinik)let boil for about 5min.remove the (bula)or scums,then put the bangus boil for 5min, then the vegetables boil for about 15mins.then season according to your taste.Try this in your´e satisfied 100%.
#1 - mario - 12/29/2009 - 13:10
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