Binagoongang Okra (Okra Sauteed in Shrimp Paste)

I’m fortunate that even though I live outside of the Philippines, I still have access to a lot of food and ingredients that I need to make Filipino meals for my family. Canada is such a multicultural country and there are numerous asian stores in and around our area. 

Okra, also called Lady’s Finger, is a staple vegetable in the Philippines. Luckily, this vegetable is also so popular in India that there’s always an abundance of good-quality ones available at the Indian market nearby. Though I’m used to the plump, lighter green-colored ones back home, I’m loving the variety that’s skinnier with a deeper green hue. But either one would be perfect for this recipe. I just buy whatever is available.

This dish is a meal by itself but if you must, it’s best paired with fish, meat or seafood that’s been fried or grilled. I don’t know about you, but I don’t think I can eat this without rice. I’m Filipino and rice is life. Enjoy!

Binagoongang Okra (Okra Sauteed in Shrimp Paste)

Pam from PinoyBites
Quick and easy dish that’s good both as a side or a main dish. It’s bursting with umami, I can’t promise you can resist eating it with rice…lots of it!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine Filipino


  • 1 pound Okra stem end trimmed
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 small onion finely chopped
  • 2 roma tomatoes finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 3 tablespoons sauteed shrimp paste* see Notes
  • ¼ cup water
  • Crushed chicharon pork crackling, optional


  • Heat the oil in a large shallow pan. Add the onions and saute until softened. Add garlic then the tomatoes and cook for a minute (mash tomatoes with the back of the wooden spoon to release its juice).
  • Put in the shrimp paste and mix for a few seconds before pouring in the water.
  • Once the sauce comes to a boil, taste and adjust seasoning, if needed. Add the okra and saute (stir or toss) for 2 minutes (or less depending on the size) or until it’s cooked but still crisp. Don’t overcook.
  • Turn the heat off and serve. Garnish with crushed chicharon (pork crackling), if desired.


*You can use regular, sweet or spicy Sauteed Shrimp Paste. Make sure to taste and adjust seasoning before adding in the okra.
Keyword healthy, quick and easy meals, stir fry, vegetable
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