Ginataang Lapu Lapu is a Filipino dish prepared with grouper fish, moringa leaves and buttercup squash cooked in a chilli spiced coconut cream sauce.
Ginataan is one of the cooking methods in the Filipino cuisine where meats and/or vegetables are cooked in a coconut milk/cream together with sautéed garlic and onions, think of it as a mild curry since it does not use heavy spices like the Indian or other South East Asian’s cuisines do. There are many ginataan dishes in the Philippines and its primarily using buttercup squash and seafood like crab and shrimps, for our recipe we today we will not be using those but instead we will be using a popular fish in the Philippines called Lapu Lapu otherwise grouper.
It is a fairly easy dish to make and like most Filipino dishes, it starts with a gisa similar to sofrito then all other ingredients are added. This dish can be eaten on its own but it really goes well with rice so you can soak all that coconut milk sauce and enjoy every last bit of it.