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Squash and Coconut Milk Stew Recipe

Squash and Coconut Milk Stew

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"This is a Filipino dish, (Ginostoan Sitawan Kalsbass) that is made with acorn squash, green beans, tofu, shrimp, ginger, garlic, and onion. My MIL makes it on the soupy side because you serve it over rice, but I like to mash the squash because I don't like rice."

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Original recipe makes 4 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    40 mins
  • COOK

    40 mins

    1 hr 20 mins


  1. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add ginger, garlic, and onion. Cook until garlic begins to brown, about 5 min.
  2. Add squash, coconut milk, and green beans to skillet. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat to medium, cover, and simmer for 30 minutes until squash is tender, stirring occasionally. Stir in shrimp and tofu, then season to taste with salt, pepper, and sugar.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Nov 26, 2010

Wonderful!!! This is also known as "ginataang kalabasa". I am Filipino, and my mother and I recently made this together. Instead of acorn squash, we used kalabasa (Philippine squash) from my parents' yard. A fantastic substitute for the squash is sweet potatoes (peeled and cubed). I browned the tofu before I added the coconut milk. Don't worry if the tofu tastes bland, as it will absorb the flavor of the spices and coconut milk, esp. if you eat the leftovers the next day. I've made this with and without tofu, and I prefer it without. Also, I omit butter and sugar. **If you don't have shrimp, you can use chicken breast sliced into thin strips (stir-fry style). Saute the chicken with the garlic, onion, and ginger, then add the coconut milk. **

Most Helpful Critical Review
Oct 08, 2007

This was okay. If I were to make it again, I would probably add more coconut milk (or some whipping cream?) to make it creamier. It was pretty thick. Also, I added some curry powder and chili paste to this. Without it, it would have been pretty bland. Lastly, I recommend pan searing the tofu and throwing it later--it was pretty bizarre when just tossed in.


28 Ratings

Oct 05, 2010

The whole family enjoyed this, including the 3 year old and the baby. We did tweak it a bit based on what was in the pantry and for our dairy-free house. Used butternut squash for acorn, olive oil for butter, and omitted shrimp (just didn't have any). Kept the spices the same. Served over brown rice. I appreciated how easy it was, how quickly it came together, and how adaptable it was for our needs. Would make again!

Feb 23, 2009

Yum! I suggest DITCHING the SUGAR and instead slicing an apple and adding at the same time as the squash--was perfectly sweet that way, I found. Also, instead of tofu and shrimp, I modified by slicing my an already seared salmon steak up and adding just before serving (suggest one steak per serving for a filling meal). Was DELICIOUS. Tofu and shrimp would be good, too, but was fabulous with salmon.

Apr 03, 2008

This was lovely. My small children loved it. Great quick, low fat family dinner in the week. Used reduced fat coconut milk from Trader Joes to lower calories. It was still creamy and very delicious. Add salt gradually and taste frequently. Also, used less sugar than recommended. Flavors are subtle so season carefully. I will make this again. Used silken tofu and it was creamy and added protein. (Peel squash with potato peeler as it is too time consuming with a knife.) Thanks for the recipe!

Mar 03, 2012

Different but quiet tasty. I made as directed but I had to substitute sweet potatoes for the acorn squash because that's what I had on hand and I left out the shrimp as I don't eat meat. I had never had anything like this so I wasn't sure what to expect. It tasted nice but when you put it over sticky rice...much better. It has a very mild flavor, only slightly sweet and is very creamy and soft tasting. I enjoyed it and will make again. Thanks for sharing!

Sep 14, 2009

This turned out fantastic! Perfect to warm you up on a cold day. I tend to skip tofu, so instead I cooked up 3 pieces of chicken. I sauted it up with the ginger & onion then let it finish cooking with the squash.

Jun 27, 2012

I've made this several times now, it's so comforting and delicious. I've used light coconut milk as well as half regular coconut milk mixed with half skim milk, and both turned out well (though light coco milk was a bit on the soupy side). I don't think that the sugar is needed, also, I omit the tofu and add some cut up pieces of fish filet (like tilapia or salmon) during the last 10 minutes. I've also used butternut instead of acorn squash, and it tasted pretty similar. This is one of the few dishes I've found where coconut milk is not used to make a curry. So delicious!


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  • Calories
  • 449 kcal
  • 22%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 30.1 g
  • 10%
  • Cholesterol
  • 117 mg
  • 39%
  • Fat
  • 29.3 g
  • 45%
  • Fiber
  • 5.5 g
  • 22%
  • Protein
  • 23.9 g
  • 48%
  • Sodium
  • 174 mg
  • 7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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