A handaan is never perfect without kare kare on the dining table. That’s a way of saying how popular this dish is during celebrations.
Kare kare is a Filipino stew with a rich, thick, and flavorful peanut sauce that is served with bagoong guisado (sauteed shrimp paste).
The traditional kare kare recipe uses oxtail or tripe. However, you can also use pork (pork hocks, calves feet, or pig feet), beef stew meat, and seafood (prawns, squid, and mussels). You can also find some recipes with merely vegetables in it.
The vegetable ingredients in the kare kare include eggplant, Chinese cabbage or other greens like bokchoy or pechay, string beans, okra, banana blossoms. The sauce is flavored with ground peanut and/or peanut butter. Annato seeds are used to achieve that light brown to deep dark orange colored sauce. Toasted ground rice is added as thickening agent to the sauce.
Home-cooked Kare Kare Recipe
The sauce can make or break the entire kare kare dish. If I cook kare kare my way, with no issues with the availability of ingredients, I want a thick and peanut butter-rich sauce. Then, I’ll add chopped roasted nuts for crunchy texture.
Using Mama Sita’s Kare-Kare Mix is perfectly fine for me especially if there’s no annato seeds and you don’t want to toast and ground some rice.
I typically skip the string beans because of personal preference. Talong and pechay are actually enough for me.
However, if you feel satisfied with the lengthy procedure and if you wish to impress someone with your cooking prowess, I’m adding this oxtripe kare kare recipe below:
- 1 kg. beef tripe cut in slices. Alternatively, you may use oxtripe or beef slices.
- 1 piece of banana blossom, sliced
- pechay or bok choy
- string beans cut into pieces
- eggplants, sliced
- ground peanuts
- 1/2 to a cup of peanut butter
- approx. 1 liter of water
- salt and pepper
- annatto seeds soaked in a cup of water
- toasted ground rice
- ginisang bagoong
Note: You may replace the annatto seeds and toasted ground rice with a pack of kare-kare mix.
- Simmer the oxtripe (or your preference of meat) in a large pot until tender. Approximately, it would take 2 hours. You may use pressure cooker to get it done faster.
- Once the meat is tender, add the food coloring (water from the annatto seeds, if you’re not using kare-kare mix), peanut butter and the peanuts.
- Add the toasted ground rice. You may skip this if you are using a kare-kare mix.
- Add the chopped vegetables.
- Add salt and pepper to taste.
- Serve hot with ginisang bagoong.
Vegetable kare kare
Vegan can still enjoy kare kare. You get to enjoy this delicious nutty dish less the meat.
If you decide not to cook, you may want to try Gerry’s Grill vegetable kare kare, which is good.
Kitchen City Frozen Meals also offers vegetable kare kare that looks so appetizing.