Ginanggang – Filipino Barbecued Bananas

Ginanggang, guinanggang, or ginang-gang is a snack food of grilled skewered bananas brushed with margarine and sprinkled with sugar. It originates from the island of Mindanao in the Philippines. It literally means “grilled” in Cebuano.

Ginanggang is made from a type of banana in the Philippines called saba (a cooking banana also known as the Cardaba banana). The banana is peeled, skewered and then grilled over charcoals. When the outer surface is lightly charred, it is then taken off the grill, brushed with margarine, and sprinkled with sugar. It differs from banana cue in that the banana is actually grilled on the stick. The sugar used on it is also white table sugar and is not caramelized (being applied after cooking).

A “Ginanggang Festival” is celebrated in honour of San Isidro Labrador every May 2 in Baranggay Poblacion, Tubod, Lanao del Norte.


Ginanggang - Filipino Barbecued Bananas
Cuisine: Filipino
Recipe type: Street Food
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  • 6 ripe saba bananas
  • ⅛ cup white sugar
  • 3 tablespoons butter or margarine
  • 3 bamboo sticks (or metal skewers)
  1. Peel bananas and skewer using bamboo sticks.
  2. Grill the banana until cooked.
  3. While still hot, brush with butter.
  4. Sprinkle with white sugar.
  5. Serve hot and enjoy
If you cannot get Saba bananas suitable substitutes are under-ripe bananas


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