Ginisang Ampalaya
Asian Filipino Vegetable

Ginisang Ampalaya

Sauteed Bitter Melon or Ginisang Ampalaya is a vegetable recipe that goes well with many dishes. It is one of the healthiest recipes around.

In this recipe, I added tofu. I fried the tofu until golden brown. Also, I added small shrimp. If adding shrimp, buy headless shrimp and peeled. It’s easier to cook this way.

Some soak the Ampalaya before cooking it to lessen the bitter taste. However, I like my Ampalaya bitter so I don’t soak it in water.

Ginisang Ampalaya

Sauteed Bitter Melon.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Filipino


  • 2 ampalaya thinly cut
  • 1/2 pack mild tofu cubed. optional
  • 1/2 lb shrimp peeled and deveined
  • 2-3 cloves garlic minced
  • salt/pepper
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 1 tomato sliced
  • 1 onion sliced


  • In a pan, fry tofu until golden brown. Set aside.
  • In a pan, saute onion, garlic and tomato.
  • Once the onion is soft, add ampalaya. Mix.
  • Add tofu. Season with salt/pepper. Mix.
  • Add shrimp. Cook for 2 mins.
  • Pour beaten eggs over the ampalaya. Stir. Cover. Let the egg cook.
  • Serve.


You can omit the tofu.
You can omit the shrimp.
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