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Nilagang Baka

Nilagang Baka (Beef Nilaga)

Beef nilaga is a basic Filipino recipe that is proud of its tasty, healthy soup. It has minimal ingredients which result to a dish that has healing properties as well.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Filipino
Keyword beef nilaga, Filipino beef soup, nilagang baka
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Servings 4 servings
Author Magida


  • 1 kilo beef cuts, bone-in
  • whole black peppercorns
  • 6 cups water
  • 1 tbsp. salt
  • 3 medium onion quartered
  • 300 g kalabasa pumpkin cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 300 g string or green beans cut into 3” length
  • ½ head cabbage quartered
  • 1 bunch Bok Choy optional
  • 2 tbsp. patis fish sauce fish sauce


  1. Bring water to boil with peppercorns and onion.
  2. Add beef pieces, cover, let boil again then lower the heat. Simmer until beef pieces are fork-tender.
  3. Add kalabasa halfway through followed by string/green beans.
  4. Add cabbage, Bok Choy (if using), and patis, then simmer for another 2 minutes.
  5. Serve hot.