Recipe: Adobong Salagubang (Adobo-Style June Bugs)

Guest contributor Karen Uy shares a recipe for a popular Filipino snack food best enjoyed while indulging in your favorite beer.


  • 2 lbs. June beetles
  • 1 cup vinegar (recommended: sugarcane vinegar)
  • 3 heads of garlic
  • 1 tsp. whole peppercorn
  • ½ cup of soy sauce


  1. Soak beetles in salt water overnight in refrigerator.
  2. Drain. Remove and discard head, legs, and carapace, and rinse bodies well.
  3. Sautee all ingredients together in a pan until boiling
  4. Simmer 1 hour over low heat.
  5. Remove from heat and let cool 1 hour before eating.
  6. Optional: add an additional deep fry for maximum crunch and easy eating! Garnish with garlic.
June Beetles. Photo Credit: Karen Uy
June Beetles. Photo Credit: Karen Uy

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