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Baked Ginataang Lapu-Lapu (Baked Sea Bass in Coconut Milk)- Another Very Easy Fish Recipe

Updated on October 10, 2017
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Baked sea bass in coconut milk.

"Ginataan" means cooked in coconut milk.

"Lapulapu" is the Tagalog word for sea bass or grouper.

The lapu lapu is a kind of fish that thrives in salt water and is abundant in Philippine seas. It is commonly sold in wet markets all over the Philippine archipelago but a lttle more expensive when bought in supermarkets.

It is an expensive kind of fish as it tastes good, it smells less fishy than the others and can be cooked in many ways. It can aso be fried, steamed, grilled and baked.


  • 1 1/2 kilo lapulapu, scaled, gutted, scored
  • 1 tbsp kalamansi or lemon juice
  • 2 tbsps vegetable oil
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350C.
  2. Score the fish then lay it in a baking dish. Mix lemon juice or kalamansi juice and oil then brush on the fish. Wrap the fish with foil and bake for 20 minutes.
  3. Remove the foil and pour the coconut milk mixture. Bake uncovered for another 10 minutes. Decorate with cilantro sprigs.

For the coconut milk mixture, you will need the following ingredients:

1/4 cup vegetable oil

2 cups finely chopped onions

2 tsps minced garlic

2 tsps minced ginger

1 tsp minced green Thai chili

1 cup chopped fresh tomatoes

1 tsp sugar

1 1/2 coconut milk (first extraction of kakang gata)


Cooking instructions:

Heat oil and saute` the garlic, ginger, onions, chili and tomatoes.

Add the spices and the sugar

Add the coconut milk and cook until slightly thick and creamy

Add salt according to personal preference then pour over the fish.


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