Finadeni Recipe -
Finadeni Recipe
  • READY IN 20 mins


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"Traditional sauce of Guam. Can't have a fiesta without it."

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Original recipe makes 4 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins

    20 mins


  1. In a small bowl, stir together the soy sauce, lemon juice, green onions, and red pepper flakes. Let stand for about 15 minutes before serving to allow the flavors to blend.
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Oct 01, 2009

This was recommended to me by a woman who's husband was stationed in Guam years ago. I needed to make it for a party that I was attending and used it with Kalua Pig from this site and steamed rice. It was delicious. I made it exactly as written. We did have some party goers that I was not familiar with their taste buds so was unsure if the spice/heat was going to be too much or not enough. For this crowd it was perfect. Next time I make it for us, I will increase the pepper flakes as I like spice. Otherwise, just wonderful. Thanks for submitting.

May 24, 2007

I love finadeni and make it all the time. You can use either lemon juice or vinegar. Portions of soy and acid depend on personal taste--I prefer more acid. Start with less and work up to your liking. I also use chopped (not minced) white onion and finely minced Thai peppers (AKA boonie peppers). This is great on so many things--rice, chicken, beef, potatoe salad, etc.


22 Ratings

Jan 08, 2012

This is a great sauce. A neighbor showed us how to make this initially and we use white onions instead of green. LOVE it, especially with grilled elk or venison. After awhile we started tweaking it to our tastes, but these measurements are probably a good place to start. Thanks!

Jun 15, 2007

Ten years ago my husband and I were stationed in Guam through the Marine Corps. Finadeni was one of our favorite native recipes. We add fresh diced tomatoes to the recipe as well. To this day, my husband can't eat rice without making Finadeni!

Nov 23, 2008

On Guam, every family has its own brand of finadene, and each and every one is "the best". I like mine "gof pika" very hot with lots of lemon juice to cut the heat -- not! Whoever finds the best recipe to bottle -- while preserving the essential crunchiness of darkened onions, will be a millionaire! Biba Chamoru!

Jan 21, 2006

I love finadeni and this is the perfect recipe! Goes perfect with both white and red rice. We also use leftovers to marinate chicken in.

Apr 07, 2009

We love Finadeni! We use cayenne pepper though, and chopped onions, and usually half soy and half vinegar, depending on how much we're making, but usually for our family, we use 1/2 a cup of each. I will also replace lemon for vinegar when I'm making chicken, any other meat however, I use vinegar. We also eat Finadeni over our baked potatoes!!!

Feb 24, 2011

There are so many variations of Finadene, this is a good one. I use fresh red Thai peppers and chopped white onion.


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  • Calories
  • 16 kcal
  • < 1%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 3.2 g
  • 1%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Fat
  • 0.1 g
  • < 1%
  • Fiber
  • 0.5 g
  • 2%
  • Protein
  • 1.2 g
  • 2%
  • Sodium
  • 903 mg
  • 36%

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

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