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

Ginanggang is a snack food of grilled skewered bananas brushed with margarine and sprinkled with sugar.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Course: Street Food
Cuisine: Filipino
Special Occasion: Ginanggang Festival
Servings: 3 Ginanggang skewers
Calories: 238kcal
Author: The Cook


  • bamboo sticks or metal skewers



  • Peel bananas and skewer lengthwise using bamboo sticks.
  • Grill the banana until cooked.
  • While still hot, brush with margarine.
  • Sprinkle with white sugar.
  • Serve hot and enjoy


  1. If you cannot get Saba bananas suitable substitutes are under-ripe bananas


Serving: 1Ginanggang skewer | Calories: 238kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 133mg | Potassium: 422mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 575IU | Vitamin C: 10.2mg | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 0.3mg
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