Garlic Peanuts (Pritong Mani) and Pictures from our Trip to the Philippines

Garlic Peanuts (Pritong Mani) and Pictures from our Trip to the Philippines // wishfulchef.com“It’s more fun in the Philippines!”. That’s the official tagline for the Philippines and I must say, it really IS true! Our trip was filled with amazing food, great company, sunshine, laughter, and yes, fun…I miss it already. Like in most countries, food plays an integral part of the culture, and the Philippines is no exception. Filipino cuisine has its differences from region to region with a strong emphasis on seafood, pork and local tropical fruits and vegetables like coconuts, mangoes and leafy greens. The cuisine is always evolving from its own origins along with influences in Asian, Spanish and American dishes.

This trip has made me gain a better appreciation and understanding of Filipino food and culture. In a Filipino household, preparing food and having snacks and meals throughout the day are very important. Especially if you’re a guest, they do not want you to go home hungry! Garlic peanuts, or pritong mani, is a common snack food either made quickly at home or store-bought. Filipinos love snacking on these with a cold beer.

Trip photos and recipe below…

Garlic Peanuts (Pritong Mani) and Pictures from our Trip to the Philippines // wishfulchef.com

Sardinella tawilis, (the only freshwater sardine in the world), grilled shrimp, mussels, clams & squid, and whole tilapia.

Garlic Peanuts (Pritong Mani) and Pictures from our Trip to the Philippines // wishfulchef.com

Whole tilapia, garlic rice and the BEST mangoes I’ve ever had in my life!

Garlic Peanuts (Pritong Mani) and Pictures from our Trip to the Philippines // wishfulchef.com

Mangosteen and local vegetables.

Garlic Peanuts (Pritong Mani) and Pictures from our Trip to the Philippines // wishfulchef.com

Fresh fruit stand

Garlic Peanuts (Pritong Mani) and Pictures from our Trip to the Philippines // wishfulchef.com

Garlic Peanuts (Pritong Mani) and Pictures from our Trip to the Philippines // wishfulchef.com

Thinly slice garlic, then fry in oil on high heat.

Garlic Peanuts (Pritong Mani) and Pictures from our Trip to the Philippines // wishfulchef.com

Stir peanuts in garlic oil until golden brown, drain then toss together with fried garlic and salt.

Garlic Peanuts (Pritong Mani) and Pictures from our Trip to the Philippines // wishfulchef.com

Garlic Peanuts (Pritong Mani) and Pictures from our Trip to the Philippines // wishfulchef.com

Sunset in Boracay, Philippines

Garlic Peanuts (Pritong Mani) and Pictures from our Trip to the Philippines // wishfulchef.com

Garlic Peanuts (Pritong Mani)

  • 1/4 cup oil (coconut or vegetable)
  • 3-5 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup peanuts
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • Add oil to a wok or pan and turn heat on to high. Fry garlic slices until golden brown, about 5 minutes. Transfer garlic slices to a plate, set aside.

    Turn heat to low and add peanuts to pan. Stir around until golden brown, about 10 minutes. Drain peanuts onto paper towels then add to a bowl. Toss together with fried garlic slices and salt. Serve garlic peanuts with cold beer.

    Total Time: 25 minutes
    Yield: 2-4 servings
    Garlic Peanuts (Pritong Mani) and Pictures from our Trip to the Philippines // wishfulchef.com print recipe

    Garlic Peanuts (Pritong Mani) and Pictures from our Trip to the Philippines // wishfulchef.com

    [if you enjoyed this post, please sign up for my newsletter to get the latest recipes]

    Follow me on Pinterest

    8 Responses to “Garlic Peanuts (Pritong Mani) and Pictures from our Trip to the Philippines”

    1. Betty Ann @Mango_Queen March 12, 2013 at 8:11 pm #

      I love the photos and your memories of the Philippine trip. Best of all, I LOVE the MANGOES in this post! Yes, arent’ mangoes in the Philippines the best ever in the whole world? Now you know why I love them :-) Glad you had so much FUN. Thanks for sharing the garlic peanuts recipe – will do it soon!

      • Barb March 12, 2013 at 8:58 pm #

        Thanks, Betty Ann! YES, they were incredible! Max agrees as well…Filipino mangoes are hands down the best in the world! I need to go back to PH just for the mangoes, hehe. That and the buko shakes and seafood :)

    2. Michelle March 12, 2013 at 8:44 pm #

      In a word JEALOUS! I’ll make it there someday!!! Thanks for sharing :)

      • Barb March 12, 2013 at 9:00 pm #

        Hey Michelle! Yes, you must go take your family someday. You all will have an amazing time :)

    3. Diana March 12, 2013 at 10:28 pm #

      Great photos! And please post more recipes inspired by your trip. :)

      • Barb March 12, 2013 at 11:16 pm #

        Thanks, Diana! Will do :)

    4. Dana January 2, 2014 at 7:57 pm #

      I’m so glad to find the recipe for these! My husbands family has these all the time and I’m so excited to try them. I have a silly question though. Does it matter what kind of peanuts you use? Redskin, or raw peanuts? JW

      • Barb January 4, 2014 at 4:42 am #

        Hi Dana – For the peanuts you can use either one. I’m so happy you found this recipe :)

    Leave a Reply:

    Gravatar Image