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Ginisang Ampalaya Recipe


Ginisang Ampalaya is a sauteed bitter melon in garlic, onion, and tomato and other condiments.

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Ginisang Ampalaya Ingredients

  • 1 bitter melon (ampalaya); sliced
  • 2 eggs; beaten
  • 3 cloves garlic; minced
  • 1 medium onion; sliced
  • 1 medium tomato; sliced
  • Salt to taste
  • Cooking oil

Ginisang Ampalaya Cooking Instructions

  1. In a bowl, beat eggs and season with salt to taste.
  2. Soak ampalaya in salted water for 5-10 minutes to lessen the bitter taste. Wash, drain, and set aside.
  3. Saute garlic, onion, and tomato.  
  4. When tomato is soft, add ampalaya and salt to taste.
  5. Stir occasionally until ampalaya is tender but do not overcook.
  6. Pour eggs and stir with the mixture.
  7. Cook until eggs are scrambled or until dish is done.

Cooking Tip

  • You can also add sauteed pork, sausage, shrimp, or any meat ingredients of your choice into the dish.

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Comments (16)

Olalalalalah..this is my first time cooking ampalaya..I love it
#16 - Carren - 09/10/2014 - 12:14
I've read all your comments and realized nobody really know how to prepare the ampalaya the right way without wasting all the nutrients and juices.

Wash the ampalaya thoroughly, slice it according to your preference. The secret is, DO NOT MIX THE AMPLAYA WHILE COOKING. LET IT STAND UNTIL IT'S COOKED. THAT THE TIME YOU CAN MIX IT ALREADY. 100% TESTED AND MY LOLA'S NOT SO SECRET TECHINQUE.
#15 - JMSF - 11/08/2013 - 01:08
Better way to lessen the bitterness..!!
Get a fresh 'Ampalaya' then wash it
Cut open
Scrape out the seeds
Chop it to bite-sizes
(that's the magic here..)
mmmmm....Saute' garlic,onion,chopped tomatoes,ground pork,salt and pepper to taste(Magic Sarap
#14 - Ryl - 01/08/2013 - 19:42
MsArAp kmAiN nG AmPaLaYa nGauN :-D
#13 - vangie - 08/26/2012 - 19:41
Ginisang Ampalaya Recipe
I used to soak ampalaya in water with salt and squeeze it after a few minutes. But one time, I over squeezed it that my husband complained how little it has become. So the next time around, I didn't soak and squeeze it anymore. Voila! It tastes the same. Found out that smooth-skinned ampalaya are not that bitter.
You can use ground pork/beef or pork strips. Put a little water, about 1/4 - 1/2 tsp iodized salt and finely milled peppercorn and 1-2 tbsp oil. Put to boil until water dried and oil comes out. Cook in its oil until a little brown then set on the other side of the pan, tilting it so that you can saute on the lower part.
Saute garlic, onions, and tomatoes. Add salt to hasten the wilting of tomatoes. Stir. Put your preferred seasoning (bouillon cube or msg? Me, I prefer beef bouillon)on top. Add ampalaya to the saute. Set fire on medium to avoid scorching the saute. Cover and stir after about 3-5 mins. Add scrambled eggs and stir. Put off fire once the eggs are cooked.
#12 - Linnette - 08/14/2012 - 19:33
I love this. whenever I'm sick, I love to eat this...
#11 - licec - 07/14/2012 - 04:30
i'm a vegetarian and i prefer ampalaya bitter and crunchy...;-) bhing
#10 - bhing - 03/21/2012 - 03:14
i don't like my ampalaya pre-soaked in salted water. "the bitter the better" for me. i also like it half cooked so it's crunchy in every bite. dunno if anybody here tried "inihaw na ampalaya." after ihaw, slice it like how you do with the ginisa and then put bagoong and lots and lots of fresh tomatoes with it. it's delish! i love ampalaya. my favorite veggie. :-D
#9 - kay - 01/23/2012 - 05:51
Ito ang dapat gawin para hnd mapait ang ampalaya pag naluto. Pag manias na ang amplaya pigain Ito n may asin 2 x para mawala ang pait.pigaing mabuti..
#8 - Liza - 10/21/2011 - 11:14
i want to try this 2nd version of cooking ampalaya`
I once cook a ampalaya for the first time it was not bitter and everyone approve to it. i added salt but i forgot the seasoning that i use.

what was on my mind is that it takes also a person knowledgeable in cooking to cook a great ampalaya.
let me share a TIP: 1. if you master your sauteing technique skill your chance in cooking a great ampalaya is 80%.
2. don't let the oil burn the ampalaya, when sauteing 'cause that is what makes it bitter

Anyway i want to try your cooking recipe cause it uses a tomato and egg. Good Job to other recipes !! yahhhaaa Merry Christmass in Advance
#7 - Derick - 09/23/2011 - 03:25
its true that it helps to take away the bitterness of the ampalaya if u soak it first in water with salt:-D:-D:-D
#6 - cecile - 07/28/2011 - 05:48
Our family love this. Ampalaya is also good for the health.
#5 - Shie - 07/13/2011 - 14:17
my god kahit anong sabihin niya na mapait ang ampalaya but still favorite ko talaga ito the best..
#4 - mary rose vidal - 07/12/2011 - 20:38
ginisang ampalaya
ginisang ampalaya ay 1 of my favourite n luto yummm khit ito ay sobrang mapait!can u help me?. . . anong tips para hindi masyadong mapait pag ito ay niluluto? thanx :-D
#3 - beng aspacio - 07/03/2011 - 00:05
Ginisang Ampalaya Recipe
Sounds good.
#2 - Connie - 06/02/2011 - 23:28
I miss eating ampalaya!
#1 - kepat - 02/20/2011 - 05:09
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