Ginataang Kuhol (Snails in Coconut Milk) Recipe

Serves/Makes: 4 - 6 servings


  • 2 pounds live kuhol (snail)
  • 2 cups kakang gata (coconut cream)
  • 2 cups gata (coconut milk)
  • 2 tablespoons bagoong na alamang (sauteed shrimp paste)
  • 1 inch ginger root, julienned
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 lady finger chili peppers
  • 1 kangkong (water spinach) - take the leaves only
  • Patis (fish sauce) for additional seasoning
How to cook Ginataang Kuhol (Snails in Coconut Milk):
    Cooking Preparation:
  • On a large basin, put fresh water and soak the snails for about an hour for them to spit some of their waste.
  • Remove snails that instantly float on the water, most likely they are already dead.
  • Brush the shells to remove any dirt on its surface.
  • Make an opening at its back by cracking the tail or the pointed part of its shell by hitting it with hard object, such as the back of the spoon. The purpose is to loosen the meat and to remove air pressure inside its shell so meat can easily be sucked or taken out.
  • Smell and check the snails one by one. Remove snails with foul odor.
  • Finally, rinse the snails to remove the bits of cracked shells.
    Cooking Procedure:
  • In a deep pan, saute garlic, ginger and sauteed shrimp paste.
  • Add coconut cream and bring it to simmer.
  • Add the snails. Continue cooking to about 10 minutes or until the liquid almost evaporated.
  • Pour in coconut milk. Add chili peppers and water spinach. Simmer for at least 10 minutes.
  • Check the taste and adjust saltiness by adding patis.
  • Serve the Ginataang Kuhol hot with steamed rice.
Ginataang Kuhol (Snails in Coconut Milk) recipe
Ginataang Kuhol (Snails in Coconut Milk) recipe


The Ginataang Kuhol (Snails in Coconut Milk) recipe very easy to prepare and so good!


The Ginataang Kuhol is a freshwater snail stewed in coconut milk. Snail is considered as an exotic food but it tastes good when cooked. Kuhol are bought live in most seafood market. They are harvested mostly in an irrigated rice field so they have to be thoroughly cleaned in and out before cooking.

This recipe for Ginataang Kuhol (Snails in Coconut Milk) serves/makes: 4 - 6 servings

The Ginataang Kuhol (Snails in Coconut Milk) recipe is adopted from The Philippine Cookbook by Reynaldo Alejandro.

Main Ingredient: Snails (more Snails recipes)
Preparation Method: Poached/Simmered (more Poached/Simmered recipes)
Cuisine: Filipino (more Filipino recipes)

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