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11 Easy Pinoy Recipes for Christmas

November 25, 2020 9:00 am

Usually, it takes a lot of time and effort to rustle up a magnificent Christmas handaan. We see our moms and grandmas work tirelessly every year for a filling menu. That is because most of the Filipino Christmas classics are a challenge to prepare. But if you want to save your energy for some merry-making and less for handaan-making in the kitchen, we got you!

Read on and learn how to cook easy Pinoy Christmas recipes that will surely make your Christmas merrier. Hindi kailangang mapagod ka para maging masaya ang Pasko!


Easy, cheesy, yummy—Baked Cheesy Shrimp! This easy Filipino recipe can make any handaan top-notch. Imagine juicy and scrumptious pieces of shrimp with oozing, melted cheese on top. Pang-resto ang handa, kahit sobrang dali lang gawin!

Start by deveining the shrimp, then slit and open up its back. Make sure to keep the shell on! Place it all on a tray and set aside. Get a bowl and mix in your mayonnaise, cheese, and AJI SHIO® Garlic Seasoning Mix until everything is well incorporated. Top the shrimp with this mixture then bake for 10 minutes! Panalo, ‘di ba?

Here’s our complete Baked Cheesy Shrimp Recipe  made more delicious with AJI SHIO® Garlic Seasoning Mix!

Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes


Beef and Baby Corn Recipe

How about a tasty, easy-to-make Filipino veggie dish for Christmas? Why not! Kailangan balanced ang lahat! Try making Beef and Baby Corn Stir Fry! Tasty na, healthy pa! In less than 20 minutes, may veggie dish ka na for your Christmas handaan!

Get a bowl and mix in all the marinade ingredients and give the beef some time to soak it all in. Take another bowl and make the slurry—just mix water and cornstarch! This will make our sauce thicker.

Then, in a pan, saut é onion and garlic until translucent, then add in your bell pepper, baby corn, and snap peas. Stir fry the vegetables until cooked and set it all aside. Using the same pan/wok, add in the beef mixture and cook until the meat is tender. Add in the slurry and the vegetables you saut éed earlier. Make sure to stir it all well and season with AJI-GINISA® Flavor Seasoning Mix. Sarap!

Here’s our complete  Beef and Baby Corn Stir Fry Recipe made more flavorful with AJI-GINISA® Flavor Seasoning Mix!

Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes


Grab those extra cans of tuna and make a merry and masarap Filipino dish with it! Surprise your fam with this meatball recipe that’s both easy to make and easy on the pocket! Tipid goals, ang daling gawin, pero delicioso!

Just combine tuna flakes, chopped onion, beaten egg, all-purpose flour, carrots, cheese, and AJI-SHIO® Garlic Seasoning Mix in a bowl. Form 1-inch balls with this mixture—just make sure your hands are clean! Deep fry the meatballs until golden brown, and serve!

Here’s our complete  Canned Lunch Meatballs Recipe made more yummy with AJI-SHIO® Garlic Seasoning Mix!

Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 10 minutes


It’s not a Christmas celebration without pasta! Every bite of this creamy pasta recipe brings comfort and calm to everyone’s Christmas. Automatic na crowd favorite ‘to! Napakadali lang gawin. So, for extra Christmas cheer, try making Linguine in Mushroom Sauce! Simple lang ang recipe into.

In a pan, sauté garlic, mushrooms, bacon bits, and minced onion until it’s fragrant. Add in some water and bring it to a boil. Add cream, butter, season it with AJI-GINISA® Flavor Seasoning Mix , and let it simmer for 3 to 5 minutes.

When it’s all good, toss in your pasta, mix well, and serve!

Here’s our complete  Linguine in Mushroom Sauce made more delightful with AJI-GINISA® Flavor Seasoning Mix!



In every Pinoy Christmas handaan , there should always be crispy and bite-sized snacks for everyone. Perfect kasi ‘to during kwentuhan and catching up with the relatives. How about we make it healthier? Kangkong as Christmas crisps! Why not? Try our easy-peasy Crispy Kangkong recipe to add some crrrunch sa Pasko! This is a breeze to make, try niyo na!

Super easy lang ‘to! In a bowl, mix egg, cornstarch, and TASTY BOY® Breading Mix (Regular). 

Grab your kangkong leaves and carefully coat each one with the mixture. Fry until crispy! For the dip, just combine mayonnaise, mustard, and ground pepper. Easy! Ready na to serve!

Here’s our complete  Crispy Kangkong Recipe  made more tasty with AJI-GINISA® Flavor Seasoning Mix!

Preparation and Cooking time: 30 minutes


Dahil bida ang Christmas dishes, dapat bida rin ang rice! Try this no-fail, always-a-winner Filipino rice recipe guaranteed to elevate the flavors of your Christmas dishes! It only takes a few steps to prepare this classic! Try niyo na ang Egg Fried Rice para sa Pasko!

Heat up a pan and saut é your garlic and spring onion. Add in your cooked rice and mix it all together for 2 minutes. Make a well in the center and pour in a beaten egg, and stir fry! Season with soy sauce and AJI-NO-MOTO® Umami Seasoning, then serve!

Here’s our complete  Egg Fried Rice Recipe  made more malinamnam with AJI-NO-MOTO® Umami Seasoning!

Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes



Chicken is always a winner, especially if it’s paired with crunchy veggies and creamy white sauce. Nakakatakam, ang sarap ulamin! Level up the creaminess and the dreaminess of your Christmas handaan by serving this mouthwatering Filpino ulam recipe — Creamy Chicken and Mushroom! Walang makakahalata na madali mo lang ‘tong nagawa!

In a hot pan, sear the chicken breast fillets until slightly brown. Make sure not to overcook the chicken. Once done, set the fillets aside, and in the same pan, sear the mushroom. Add in some onion, garlic, and put the fillets back in the pan. Season with AJI-GINISA® Flavor Seasoning Mix, pepper, and fish sauce to taste. Feel free to adjust the flavors to your liking!

Now that it’s all seasoned, pour in milk and water let it all simmer for 3 minutes. Add green beans, potatoes, and a slurry mixture to help thicken the sauce to your desired consistency. Done! Dali lang, ‘di ba?

Here’s our complete  Creamy Chicken and Mushroom made more delectable with AJI-GINISA® Flavor Seasoning Mix!

Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes


Just seeing this dish majestically placed on the table along with your other Christmas dishes will certainly wow your loved ones. This Pinoy recipe looks tedious to make, but actually, making this is fairly easy! Try making this Crispy Butterfly-Cut Bangus recipe for the holidays!

Wash your fish and drain the excess moisture out of it. This step will help make your fish crispier when fried! Cut your fish along the bone line and open it up like a butterfly. Once done, coat the whole fish evenly with CRISPY FRY® Fish Breading Mix, then fry! Make sure it’s golden!

Here’s our complete  Crispy Butterfly-cut Bangus Recipe  made more mouthwatering with CRISPY FRY® Fish Breading Mix!

Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes


Homemade pizza for Christmas? Yup, pwede ring maging easy! Enjoy the same gooey goodness of Pizza but with affordable and available ingredients at home. This Filipino recipe is so easy to make, even the kids would love to join in on the cooking. Bonding time na rin!

Take your loaf bread slices and top it off with 2 tbsps of tomato sauce. Sprinkle some cheese and season with AJI SAVOR™ Rice Topping Mix (Beef). Feel free to add in some more toppings. Be creative with it! Once done, pop it all in the toaster and wait until the cheese is melted. Enjoy!

Here’s our complete  Cheese Pizza Bread Recipe  made more yummy with AJI SAVOR™ Rice Topping Mix (Beef)!

Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 5 minutes


When it’s a Filipino celebration, for sure, merong lumpia! This Filipino dish has become a Pinoy handaan staple. Lagi ring simot! Buti na lang, madaling gawin! So make sure to make a big batch of these crispy, meaty rolls! And since it’s Christmas, let’s give this party favorite a healthy twist! Try making Lumpiang Baboy with Carrots with 35% less sodium content, all thanks to AJI-NO-MOTO® Umami Seasoning!

Start by combining all ingredients such as the ground meat and spices in a bowl. Get a wrapper and put in one or two teaspoons of this meaty mixture. Roll it and seal it with water! Time to fry.

Heat up your pan and deep fry each lumpia until it achieves a nice golden brown color. Drain the excess oil and serve it on a nice platter! Simot ‘yan. We promise!

Here’s our complete  Lumpiang Baboy at Carrots Recipe  made more katakam-takam with AJI-NO-MOTO® Umami Seasoning!

Preparation time: 30 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes


Cap off the Christmas celebration on a sweet note with crunchy and decadent Caramel Powerballs! Impress them by making this quick and easy, perfect-for-the-holidays dessert! Mula ulam hanggang dessert, easy winner ang Christmas handaan!

In a pan, toast the oats and chopped nuts. Set it aside and grab your trusty blender. Add in a cup of nuts, pancake syrup/honey, and PROTTIE® Soymilk Drink Mix (Caramel). Blend it until fully mixed!

Then in another bowl, add in some nuts, mix, and form bite-sized balls. Make sure your hands are clean and sanitized! Chill the powerballs for a good 2 hours, and serve!

Here’s our complete  PROTTIE®  Caramel Powerball Recipe  made more delicious with PROTTIE® Soymilk Drink Mix (Caramel)!

Hindi kailangang pagod para maging masaya ang Christmas handaan. Cherish your extra time with the fam. After all, Christmas is all about togetherness. For more Pinoy Christmas recipes, check out https://www.ajinomoto.com.ph/cookmunity/ ! Happy Holidays!