Pork empanada is one of my favorite Filipino snacks. It is very filling and satisfying to have especially if you are hungry. Every household has its own way of making empanada. Each has its own preferred filling as well as desired sort of dough. Our family like our empanadas filled with ground pork, diced potato, diced carrot, green peas and raisins and flavored with soy sauce and oyster sauce. Others preferred to use beef or chicken in placed of ground pork. Furthermore, empanadas may be fried or baked depending on one’s preference. Our family like our empanadas baked. Before baking, we brush the top and sides of empanadas with egg wash to give them shine and color. After 25 minutes in the oven, the baked empanadas came out browned, crispy and tasty. It is definitely a savory snacks to enjoy. Yummy!
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 onion , finely chopped
- 2 cloves garlic , finely chopped
- 1 lb lean ground pork
- 1 tbsp soy sauce
- ¼ cup of diced carrot
- ½ cup of diced potato
- ½ cup frozen green pea
- 2 tbsp oyster sauce
- ¼ cup raisins
- Sea salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
- 3 hard boiled eggs peeled and sliced
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 tbsp sugar
- 1/4 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup cold butter cut into cubes
- 2 tbsp cold water
- 1 egg beaten
- In a skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and sauté for 2 minutes or until onion has browned and softened.
- Add ground pork and sauté for 2-3 minutes or until meat is no longer pink.
- Stir in soy sauce, carrot, potato and frozen green peas. Cover and cook for 5 minutes or until vegetables are cooked.
- Add oyster sauce and raisins; mix thoroughly. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Set aside and cool completely.
- To make the dough, combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl. Add the butter cubes. Using a fork, break up the butter into the flour mixture until it is fully incorporated. Add the water and egg; mix until soft dough is formed.
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Take heaping tablespoonfuls of dough and form into balls. On a floured surface and using a rolling pin, flatten the dough balls into desired thickness.
- Place about a tablespoon of the filling in the center of the dough. Top with a slice of hard boiled egg. Wet the edge of one side of dough with water and then fold over to form a half moon shape.
- Seal the edge by folding and pressing them on top of each other. Continue with the rest of the dough and filling.
- Place the empanadas on the prepared pan. Generously brush top and sides of empanadas with egg wash (whisk 1 egg with 1 tbsp cold water) and bake for about 20-25 minutes or until lightly browned.
Ms. Liza, thank you for sharing your recipe. Empanada is one of my fave.. will try to prepare later..
You are welcome!
Judith fatima escandor
Thank you for sharing empanada recipe…I will do it this saturday…
You are welcome Judith!
Hi there! Great recipe! Just made it and it turned out delicious!!!!
Just wondering if you’ve tried assembling everything then freezing it?
Yes, you can assemble everything and freeze them.
Can i make these and refrigerate until im ready to bake?
Yes you can refrigerate (or even freeze) them until ready to bake. It will take around 45-50 minutes to bake frozen empanada. Hope these help!
Hello! Is it okay to use 3rd class flour for the dough? Can’t buy all purpose flour because of the ECQ
I am not familiar with 3rd class flour so I don’t know if it can be use for this recipe.
3rd class in the Phils is the cake flour..1st class is for breads
Can I use this recipe and fry them instead of baking? Or is there some alteration needed to the dough if frying?
Yes, you can use the same dough to fry this empanada recipe.
Many years ago I stumbled across a Filipino empanada recipe. I had much success with the dough. A few months after, I attempted to revisited this recipe… only to find out that I never printed a copy or saved it. I was heartbroken!! I had finally found something really good and I didn’t save it. Fast forward to tonight… I had some leftover ground beef with veggies and thought of empanadas for dinner. When I googled “Filipino empanada recipe” yours was the first to come up. I went over the ingredients for the dough, sounded good and gave a try… it is sooo yummy!!! I am no longer heartbroken!! This is a keeper!! Thank you 🙂
That’s awesome! Take care and thanks for sharing your story.
how much will this cost(hypothetically)? php
Sorry I can’t remember how much I spent to make this pork empanada recipe.
I just want to make sure that this calls for 1/2 cup butter and that’s 1 stick of butter, am I right. Because when I made, mine kept breaking.
Yes, this recipe calls for 1/2 cup cold butter,cubed. If the dough kept breaking, sprinkle it with water, a teaspoon at a time. Hope this helps!
Thank you for this recipe! It was delicious! The first time I made it as directed and the filling was tasty and the pastry was flaky and in good proportion to the filling. I also tried making it with ground turkey and a few more raisins and it turned out just as good.
Awesome! Glad you were able to try and had success with this recipe 🙂
Valerie L. Emmer-Scott
My mother (a Filipina), made the best empanadas–but I don’t recall her including hard boiled eggs. I also think she fried them, rather than bake. However, since she didn’t have any written recipes (before she died), I will definitely try yours. Can’t wait to make them!
Frying the empanada is the typical way of cooking them while baking is the healthy way. Either way, they are both delicious.
Just made the filling and the dough. Letting the filling cool down before assembling. Excited to put together!
Did u rest the dough for an hour to double up the size? Or not? Plan to make one.
No, I did not let the dough rest. I immediately shaped and filled it with the filling.
Hi Liza,I will be trying to make your recipe this week and hopefully it will turn out good!(cross finger) I will let you how how it goes 😉
Hi Liz,Thank you very much for sharing this recipe,i just tried it now,and it taste very good 😊
You’re welcome Rosa!
Hi, i don’t have any access to oyster sauce, what can I substitute for it?
You don’t have to substitute anything if you don’t have an access to oyster sauce. It’s okay if you just use soy sauce. I hope this helps!
Wow! Where she lives where there s no access to oyster sauce. I cant live without it. She should order from Amazon dot com
is it okay if I fry it instead of baking it?
Yes, you can fry it.
Question, instead of butter, can I use margarine for the empanada dough? Thanks.
I have not tried using margarine to make empanada dough so it’s hard for me to say what will the finished product would be.
You can use that but for me it is better to use shortening if u have no butter..tnx