Ginisang Ampalaya

Ginisang Ampalaya is translated as Sauteed Bitter Melon. This Filipino vegetable recipe is one of the healthiest recipes around.

Bitter melon is best known for anti-diabetes effects. It contains a chemical known as insulin-like peptide that is similar in shape and function to animal-produced insulin. Other chemicals, including vicine, in bitter melon may also have blood-sugar lowering effects.

Cooking Ginisang Ampalaya is very easy. However, some people prepare the bitter melon beforehand to eliminate its bitter taste by soaking it in water for a few hours and then squeezing some of its juices. This can release the nutrients of the vegetables, but at least it will be more delightful to eat to hose who cannot too much bitter taste.

Try this healthy Ginisang Ampalaya Recipe and let me know what you think.

Ginisang Ampalaya

Ginisang Ampalaya Recipe


  • 2 pieces ampalaya, cleaned and cut into thin slices
  • 1 tbsp garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp salt
  • 2 raw eggs
  • 18 ounces luke warm water
  • 1 large tomato, sliced
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 3 tbsp cooking oil

Watch the cooking video:

Cooking Procedure

  1. Place the ampalaya in a large bowl
  2. Add salt and luke warm water then leave for 5 minutes
  3. Place the ampalaya in a cheese cloth then squeeze tightly until all liquid drips
  4. Heat the pan and place the cooking oil
  5. Sautee the garlic, onion, and tomato
  6. Add the ampalaya mix well with the other ingredients
  7. Put-in salt and pepper to taste
  8. Beat the eggs and pour over the ampalaya then let the eggs cook partially
  9. Mix the egg with the other ingredients
  10. Serve hot. Share and Enjoy!

Number of servings (yield): 4

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  1. Hi Vans,

    Thanks for the recipe, i am re-posting this on my blog, with reference as this site. I am a local gardener in Ottawa, ON, Canada (ZOne 5B) and I am planting bitter melons. Just a habit since I was born in Cebu. My friends are enthusiastic about growing ampalaya, but have no clue how to cook it.

    I like your video, and also your simple recipe, so thanks again.

    Angelina – The gardener

  2. Hartmie says:

    More ampalaya recipes kuya pls… favorite kasi namin ang ampalaya
    thank you very much for sharing your talent… malaking tulong. ingat ka lagi and God bless always :)

  3. Mike Hunt says:

    There should be an explanation for some of the steps.

  4. Rachel says:

    I have an ampalaya plant in my garden (new this year), I never tasted it before, and I haven’t eaten Philippine cooking. I made the ginisang from your recipe and video, with a little less ampalaya because I was afraid of the bitterness. It was very good, I’ll make more tomorrow.
    I liked the ampalaya crisp, my husband prefered it cooked longer.
    In Israel we like bitter olives, and not those that taste like nothing. So this taste is fine for us.

  5. You are welcome, Pauline. Kain ka ng mabuti para sa baby mo :)

  6. Thanks for this video, will cook that for diner. Please share some more vegetarian dishes. More blessings!

  7. ALINE says:

    ginisang ampalaya is my very favourite filipino food!
    thank you.

  8. malou says:

    My fiance ask me to make a LECHE PLAN for our dessert,im in trouble that time coz i really dnt how to do it,so then i do google search which Panlasang Pinoy is the best…fast and easy procedure…Thanks to Panlasang Pinoy and more power!

  9. Welcome Lerma :)

  10. Cecilia MQ says:

    I love the background music…so Pinoy

  11. Welcome :)

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