pork binagoongan

Pork Binagoongan (Pork Sautéed in Shrimp Paste)

One of my 2014 resolutions is to live a healthier life. A step I took to kick start this lifestyle shift is to just cook. Sounds simple, right? Well, for someone like me who is far from being a kitchen goddess, preparing home-cooked meals day in and day out was a challenge. WAS–because with a few hacks here and there, I got a hang of preparing scrumptious home-cooked food.

pork binagoonganThe idea of the #justcook challenge is basically to veer away from processed food and prepare all meals from scratch. It was a challenge for me because that meant no more instant flavoring, noodles–instant anything! But here’s the thing: If you don’t have the time to prepare everything from scratch, don’t be hard on yourself. I’m not the best cook in the world and I get very busy with work sometimes so my secret to preparing yummy meals that has ingredients that I can’t make from scratch? I buy ’em.

A new favorite source of home-cooked ingredients/sides is Bebeng’s Kitchen. The tagline says it all: Totally Homemade. I already had a taste of Denise’s (Bebeng) homemade products when she hosted a small get-together at her house. It was love at first bite! So when I saw her at the Work-at-Home Expo, I took the opportunity to buy the rest of her products. One of them is her Bagoong Alamang, which I used to cook Pork Binagoongan.

pork binagoongan recipe

Pork Binagoongan is an authentic Filipino recipe that is loved by Filipinos despite its pungent smell. There are many ways to cook it, but the one I’m featuring here is a simple recipe you can do in 20 minutes or less!


  • pork binagoonganBebeng’s Kitchen’s Bagoong Alamang
  • 2 lbs. pork (I bought menudo cut pork)
  • 3 cups of water
  • 5 tbsp. vinegar
  • 3-5 pieces of bay leaves
  • One (1) onion (chopped)
  • 1 tbsp. garlic (minced)
  • 1 cup tomatoes (chopped)
  • 1 pc chili (optional, sliced)
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. In a cooking pot, pour in water and bring to a boil. Add pork, vinegar, and bay leaves then simmer until meat is tender.
  2. Remove meat from the pot then drain water.
  3. In a separate pan, sauté onions, garlic, and tomatoes.
  4. Add Bebeng’s Kitchen’s Bagoong Alamang and simmer for five minutes.
  5. Add the pork and mix well. Cook for another five minutes.
  6. If you want to add chili for a kick of spice, add your sliced chili then simmer for 3 more minutes.
  7. Sprinkle your dish with salt and pepper to taste. But honestly, Bebeng’s Kitchen’s Bagoong Alamang is just right already so I didn’t have to add salt and pepper!
  8. Serve hot with steamed rice.

It was the first time the minis ate Pork Binagoongan, but they loved it! There was a bit of hesitation at first because of the smell, but after the first bite, I’m not sure where the rest of the food on their plates went to in such a short period of time. 😀

Do you have your own version of Pork Binagoongan? Share your recipe here!

34 thoughts on “Pork Binagoongan (Pork Sautéed in Shrimp Paste)”

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  3. Kim! I can so relate! 🙂 I don’t consider myself to be a kitchen goddess as well — I don’t think anyone can think of me that way. Baka goddess lang — hehe, feeling, just kidding! Anyway, I’m also trying to make things from scratch and have moved away from processed food. One of my goals is to grow my repertoire of dishes. Sa ngayon, I can make squash soup, pesto, veggie stirfry, oven-roasted veggies, veggie curry, fried eggs, scrambled eggs, omelette, pasta — hehe. I guess “puwede nang mag-asawa.” :p And although we do still buy pasta, bread, pesto, sardines in jars, cheese, I have said goodbye to my favorite instant pancit canton! “Boohoo,” says my tongue but my body says, “Yay!” And let me just say, yay for you and this challenge! Following your posts with much interest 🙂

    1. Hi Vicky! My husband and I were lovers of pancit canton too but were forced to say goodbye since we don’t want to get our kids “introduced” to that unhealthy (although yummy haha) option. I don’t have a huge collection of home-grown and home-cooked recipes yet, but I’m working on it. 🙂 I’ll be following your ‘Good Food Friday’ posts too for ideas!

  4. I love love LOVE bagoong. My lola cooks the perfect binagoongan ever. Sad coz I can’t have it anymore coz she’s gone. Pero I still love bagoong. And we always have the bottled on our kitchen pantry. I think I should check Bebeng’s Kitchen.

    1. You can always experiment on the recipe. Who knows, you might figure out your lola’s binagoongan recipe. 🙂 Try her homemade products out! They’re really good.

      1. the kitchen was never my forte. I guess that’s why I fell inlove with the hubby. Coz he cooks so well. Atleast our baby won’t have to leave off fastfoods. 🙂 But I will def ask him to cook binagoongan, come to think of it – he hasn’t yet.

  5. Winner talaga ang sidekicks ni Ate Denise, haha! Honestly, di ko pa natry yung bagoong niya. But, the chili sauce? HEAVEN!!! Kahit saan na lang, ginagamit ko eh. Hehe. Also, I would love to give you some of my special tapa next time <3

    1. I still have a full glass of chili sauce. I’m not sure where to add it pa eh. D: Naku, I want to try your tapa with BK’s atchara! I finished the atchara in two days kaya haha! Baka yan ulamin ko ng ilang araw, tapa queen pa naman ako.

  6. I’m expecting delivery of my Bebeng’s kitchen dried tuyo flakes tomorrow and I’m excited about using it for a pasta recipe too. 🙂

    Was it you who posted a trivia on what you’re cooking? I answered “Binagoongan”. 🙂

        1. I think my mom adds Okra to her Binagoongan recipe. I don’t add Okra because my husband hates it–he said he ate mostly that, sayote, and sweet potatoes during his training at the academy so he’s done with it. Haha!

    1. I’ve never tried Pork Binagoongan with mangoes, but my husband says it’s a yummy combination. I might add a topping of sliced green mangoes the next time I cook it. 🙂

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