Cooking with Liz: Homemade Embutido

Embutido is a Filipino-style meatloaf which is usually served during feasts. It’s a great dish that kids really love. Whatย I really like about this is that you can make it in advance and freeze it for later consumption. It’s actually an easy dish to make, I wonder why I have never tried to make it before.

Homemade goodness
Homemade goodness ๐Ÿ™‚

And sinceย working full time doesn’t give me enough time to prepare meals every time but still want to make sure that we are eating healthy, I try to look for dishes that I can make in advance and would just reheat when needed.

This recipe has a lot of variations that can be found online. Some had tomato sauce added in the mix, others had hard boiled eggs and sausages. I had a difficult time trying to find a single recipe to follow so I came up with my own version instead.

For my version, I quite like to stick with the basic ingredients.ย I just add more grated carrots to the meat mixture to make it a little bit healthier, if you may. Adding a teaspoon or two of pickle relish to the meat mixture does wonders to the taste, I was told. I am not really fond of pickle relish but I might just add a little on the next batch I plan to make.

Basic ingredients
Basic ingredients

For 500g of ground pork, I was able to make 4 rolls. The size of each roll is just enough for the three of us (Z, Z’s nanny and I) for one meal, since we always have anotherย soupy or saucy viand cooked especially for the little boy. You can adjust the size of each roll to make it bigger, turning this recipe into 2 rolls instead.

4 rolls of steamed embudito
4 rolls of steamed embudito

Based on all the recipes I’ve read, steaming time is usually 1 hour.ย These took about an hour and a half to cook using my rice cooker steamer.

Here’s the recipe of my own version of embutido. ๐Ÿ™‚ Most of the measurements in this recipe are estimates so you can make your own adjustment, depending on your taste.

Homemade Embutido

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour, 20 minutes

Yield: 2-4 rolls, depending on the size

Homemade Embutido


  • 500g ground pork
  • 1 medium carrot, grated
  • 1 small red bell pepper, diced
  • 1/4 cup green peas
  • 2 slices cooked ham, sliced into strips
  • 1/4 cup grated cheese
  • 2 oz cheese, cut into strips
  • 1 egg


  1. In a medium bowl, mix together the ground pork, grated carrot, diced bell pepper, grated cheese and green peas until everything is evenly distributed. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. Beat the egg lightly then add it into the mixture.
  3. Scoop some of the meat mixture and flatten it in an aluminum foil.
  4. Place strips of cheese and ham in the middle then roll the foil until the cheese and ham is covered in meat, forming a firm packed log. Seal the edges of the foil.
  5. Steam for an hour to an hour and a half.
  6. Let it cool then slice and serve.


I was told that pickle relish makes wonders to this dish. Add a spoon or two to the meat mixture. Be mindful of the amount of salt you add since the cheese is already quite salty. I also added dried oregano and a teaspoon of garlic powder in the mixture for a little dimension. You may add any dried herbs that you like.

Serve with catsup. Or not. ๐Ÿ™‚

So there you go.ย If you make this, let me know how it goes and the adjustments that you made so I can try it out, too! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. You’re welcome! Let me know how it works for you. ๐Ÿ™‚ After steaming, let cool then pwede mo sya i-fry if you want ๐Ÿ™‚ I think pwede ang ground chicken but I haven’t tried it yet.

  1. Oh, I haven’t tried cooking embutido. But I’m interested to learn this recipe. My kids and I love this dish. It’s one of my childhood favorites. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. It’s practically a comfort food! ๐Ÿ˜€ Lemme know how it goes for you if you make it. I might learn a thing or two as well ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. It’s quite easy to make, I was surprised as well. ๐Ÿ™‚ Let me know how it goes for you when you decide to make it ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Thanks for sharing, looks delicious! I’m trying to push myself more and more to learn new recipes I can make at home rather than eating out…I’ll definitely have to try this one!

    1. Same here! ๐Ÿ™‚ I find that I do enjoy spending time in my kitchen. I’m trying to learn at least one recipe a week. ๐Ÿ˜€

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