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Hamonado (Spanish: jamonado) is a Filipino dish consisting of meat marinated and cooked in a sweet pineapple sauce.[1][2] It is a popular dish during Christmas in Philippine regions where pineapples are commonly grown.[3] Hamonado is also a general term for savory dishes marinated or cooked with pineapple in the Philippines.


The name hamonado is the native spelling of Spanish jamonado, meaning "[prepared] like hamon (ham)". However, hamonado should not be confused with hamon (jamón), which is also commonly cooked in the Philippines during the Christmas Season. Hamonado is also known as endulsado (Spanish: endulzado, "sweetened" or "glazed") in Zamboanga.

Hamonado or hamonada is also a colloquial term for the sweet variant of the Filipino longganisa sausages (properly longganisang hamonado).[4]


Pork hamonado from Bulacan with hotdogs and star anise

Typically meat (usually fatty cuts of pork, but can also be chicken or beef) is marinated overnight in a sweet sauce made with pineapple juice, brown sugar, soy sauce, and various spices. It is then pan-fried until the meat is browned. The meat is then simmered in stock and the marinade with added pineapple chunks until the meat is very tender. It is served on white rice.[5][6][7][8][9][10]

Variations of the dish sometimes does not include a marinating period, and instead slow cooks the pork until very tender, especially when using cuts with tough meat like pata (ham hock) or beef sirloin. Calamansi juice, carrots, raisins, pickles, longganisa, and hotdogs may also be added in some family recipes. Some hamonado variants may be cooked afritada-style, using tomato sauce or banana ketchup.[3][11][12]

Similar dishes

Hamonado is similar to pininyahang manok, braised chicken made with pineapples. Except the latter does not use soy sauce and is cooked in a milk base.[13][14]

See also


  1. Don Philpott (2017). The World of Wine and Food: A Guide to Varieties, Tastes, History, and Pairings. Rowman & Littlefield. ISBN 9781442268043. 
  2. Maria Carmina Felipe (2013). "Stuffed Pork Braised in Pineapple Juice (Hamonado)", in Angelo Comsti: From Our Table to Yours: A Collection of Filipino Heirloom Recipes & Family Memories. Marshall Cavendish International (Asia) Private Limited. ISBN 9789814516907. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 12 Sumptuous dishes for Media Noche.
  4. Longanisa Recipe (Filipino sweet sausage) (September 26, 2014).
  5. Filipino Christmas Recipes: Pork Hamonado.
  6. Hamonado Recipe.
  7. Pork Hamonado Recipe.
  8. Pork Hamonado Filipino Recipe.
  9. Family's Favorite Pork Hamonado!!.
  10. asy Pork Hamonado Recipe using Pork Belly.
  11. Pork Hamonado.
  12. Beef Morcon with Hamonado Sauce.
  13. Pininyahang Manok (Pineapple Chicken).
  14. "RECIPE: Pininyahang Manok", ABS-CBN News, 7 February 2018.