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Ginataang Seafood in a wide pan
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Ginataang Seafood

This Seafood in Coconut Sauce is creamy, spicy, and delicious with steamed rice. It's loaded with fresh shellfish for the perfect kamayan dish!
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time1 hr 10 mins
Course: Main Entree
Cuisine: Filipino
Servings: 8 Servings
Calories: 859kcal


  • 2 pounds squid
  • 2 pounds (about 4 to 5 pieces) crab
  • 2 pounds mussels
  • 1 pound shrimp
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 onion, peeled and chopped
  • 5 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • 1 thumb-size ginger, peeled and minced
  • 1 tablespoon shrimp paste
  • 6 cups coconut cream (kakang gata)
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Holding the squid firmly, pull the head from the body including internal parts and tentacles. Pull out the clear cartilage inside the tube and discard. With a knife, cut the head and the ink sack from the tentacles. Set aside the tentacles. Peel the spotted outer membrane from the squid and discard.
  • Under cold running water, wash the tentacles and the tubes inside and outside to remove any remaining tissue or debris. Drain well. Depending on size, cut squid into halves.
  • Under cold running water, wash crabs well. Scrub shells with a kitchen brush to rid of dirt and grime. Rinse and drain well.
  • In a large bowl of water, soak mussels for about 15 to 20 minutes. Rinse under cold running water to remove any dirt or grime on outer shells. Hold the beard (the brown thread sticking out between the shells) and pull it out towards the hinge end of the mussel. Rinse and drain well.
  • With scissors or knife, trim tendrils from shrimps. Insert a toothpick at the base of the shrimp through the shell and pull the black intestinal tract. Rinse and drain well.
  • In a large pot over medium heat, heat oil. Add onions, garlic, and ginger and cook until softened.
  • Add shrimp paste and cook, stirring regularly, until lightly browned.
  • Add coconut cream and bring to a boil. Cook for about 10 to 15 minutes or until reduced and begins to curdle.
  • Add crab and cook until color changes.
  • Add mussels and cook until shells open.
  • Add shrimps and squid and cook until color changes to pink.
  • Continue to cook until sauce has thickened and reduced, clinging onto seafood.
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve hot.



  • To add a kick of spice, add a few pieces of finger chili peppers to taste.
  • To keep from overcooking, cook the coconut cream until reduced and begins to curdle before adding the seafood.


Calories: 859kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 50g | Fat: 68g | Saturated Fat: 56g | Cholesterol: 457mg | Sodium: 967mg | Potassium: 1180mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 137IU | Vitamin C: 21mg | Calcium: 180mg | Iron: 9mg