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Ginisang Sardinas with Ampalaya

This is a recipe for Sauteed Sardines with bittermelon. It is translated as Ginisang Sardinas with Ampalaya in Filipino.
Prep Time3 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Fish
Cuisine: Filipino
Servings: 3
Author: Vanjo Merano


  • 1 large can sardines in tomato sauce
  • 1 medium bitter melon ampalaya, cored and sliced into thin pieces
  • 1 medium red onion
  • 5 cloves garlic crushed
  • 2 tablespoons toasted garlic optional
  • 2 tablespoons chopped scallions optional
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons fish sauce patis
  • 3 tablespoons cooking oil


  • Heat oil in a cooking pot
  • Sauté garlic and onion until the garlic starts to turn light brown.
  • Add the sliced bitter melon. Continue to sauté for 2 minutes.
  • Pour the contents of the large can of sardines. Gently stir.
  • Add ground black pepper and fish sauce. Cover and continue to cook in medium heat for 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Transfer to a serving plate. Top with chopped scallions and toasted garlic.
  • Serve. Share and enjoy!


Serving: 3g