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Ampalaya Guisado

An easy Ampalaya Guisado (Sautéed Bitter Melon) recipe that is perfect for a super healthy and savory breakfast with the family!
Author: Lainey


  • 1 cup ampalaya bitter melon, sliced into thin wedges
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 small white onion diced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tomatoes cubed
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Pinch of pepper
  • 1 green onion sliced


  • Vertically slice ampalaya into two pieces, remove the seeds/strings, then slice into thin wedges. After slicing the ampalaya, soak it in a bowl with salt and water for at least 30 minutes to 1 hour. (The longer the better.) 
  • Heat a nonstick pan over medium heat and add oil.  Add onions, garlic, and saute for 1 minute or until fragrant.  Add tomatoes and cook until tender (about 5 minutes).
  • Add ampalaya, cover and simmer for about 3-5 minutes or until it softens. (The softening of the ampalaya will take an additional 5 minutes minimum) 
  • In a small bowl, beat together the eggs, salt, pepper then add it into the frying pan. Mix the eggs and ampalaya until well combined. Allow it to simmer for about 1 minute then serve.
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