Ginisang Ampalaya (Sauteed Bitter Melon or Gourd)

Ginisang Ampalaya (Sauteed Bitter Melon or Gourd)

In the Philippines, they say, ginisang ampalaya is a poor man’s meal because it’s very budget-friendly. It does not cost a lot. Sometimes, you can just pick these at your neighbor’s or friend’s garden for free. But, for us, Filipinos living abroad, it’s a luxury, comforting food. We are not always accessible to this vegetable. Unless you live in the south, then, you can just plant this in your backyard.

Another great thing about eating bitter gourd is, it has lots of nutritional benefits.┬áIt has properties that act like insulin, that some diabetic people include this vegetable in their meals or drinks. If you can’t tolerate the bitterness, you can always soak it with salt prior to cooking.

ginisang ampalaya or sauteed bitter gourd

Ginisang Ampalaya (Sauteed Bitter Melon or Gourd)
Prep Time
8 mins
Cook Time
12 mins
Total Time
20 mins

Inexpensive bitter melon recipe, yet very healthy.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Asian, Filipino, Philippines, Southeast Asia
Keyword: bitter gourd, bitter melon, ginisan ampalaya, gourd recipe, pinoy food
Servings: 2
  • 1 large bitter melon/gourd
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 1 large yellow onion, sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 2 pinch salt
  1. Wash the bitter melon thoroughly and remove the white pith and seeds from the middle. Cut into thin slices.

  2. Sprinkle 1/2 teaspoon of salt to get rid of bitterness.

  3. Soak for 5 minutes. Squeeze out the juice using your hands or cheesecloth.

  4. Heat the frying pan on medium heat. Melt the butter.

  5. Saute the onion for 3 minutes, add garlic stir for a minute, and add tomatoes, stir for 2 minutes.

  6. Add the bitter melon and cook for about 10 minutes stirring occasionally.

  7. Sprinkle 2 pinch of salt and ground black pepper to taste. Mix.

  8. Pour egg mix and stir. Cook the eggs thoroughly before removing from the heat.

  9. Serve with rice. 

Watch the video:

The Cooking Pinay

Leave a Reply