Sauteed ampalaya (bitter gourd / melon) with dried shrimps and eggs

Sauteed ampalaya (bitter gourd / melon) with dried shrimps and eggs |

A couple of days ago, in another attempt to acquire a taste for ampalaya, I cooked this sauteed dish with ampalaya, dried shrimps and eggs. To see how I tried to get rid of the bitter taste of ampalaya, see my previous entry. See also a recent Feast Asia entry for more information (and some trivia) about dried shrimps.

This recipe begins with the assumption that you have properly prepped your ampalaya. I’ve written that down as a stand alone entry so that every time I post a recipe that includes ampalaya, I’ll just refer to it instead of repeating the procedure over and over.

This recipe serves 2 to 3.


1 large or 2 medium-sized ampalaya (trimmed, cut and prepped)
2 eggs
2 tbsps. of dried shrimps
4 cloves of garlic
1 onion
2 tomatoes
2 to 3 tbsps. of cooking oil
pepper garlic, onion and tomatoes for sauteing

Crush, peel and chop the garlic. Roughly chop the onion and tomatoes. beaten eggs

Beat the eggs. sauteeing garlic, onion and tomatoes

Heat the cooking oil in a pan. Add the garlic, onion and tomatoes. Cook over medium heat, stirring, until they start to soften. add ampalaya and dried shrimps to pan

Add the ampalaya and dried shrimps to the pan. Season with salt and pepper. Stir. Pour in about 1/3 cup of water, bring to the boil, cover and simmer until the water had evaporated and the ampalaya is cooked through. pouring in the eggs

Turn up the heat to medium high and pour in the beaten eggs. DO NOT disturb for about 15 seconds to allow the eggs to partially set. Cooked ampalaya with dried shrimps and eggs

Stir lightly and continue cooking until the eggs are fully cooked.

Serve hot with rice.

If you’re a fan of ampalaya, you may want to check out the recipes for stuffed ampalaya and ampalaya salad.


  1. Ana says

    Its coincedence that what I have for my lunch today is (7-Apr-09) is this recipe. The only diffirent is I put prawns. I am working in Qatar for 3 yrs now but I learned this website since I was in Iraq when I was browsing for a recipe for kare kare for our Filipino night presentation in our restaurant. I love ampalaya and its cheap here in Qatar. Indians love ampalaya with curry and I have tried it. I like my ampalaya a bit crispy and half cook. I like ampalaya more bitter even when I was a little kid. I am looking forward for more recipe and Ms. Connie, I really love this website. I am regularly browsing it and I hope to find more low fat and healthy recipe bec I just got my surgery and my doctor advised me to keep my low fat diet. Hope u can help me on this. Take care and I hope to meet you on May when I get back to Manila for 2 weeks vacation with my Greek fiancee.

  2. Ana says

    yes it was and since the surgery I dropped my weight by 3kg. Since I left the hospital, I never eat any fatty food. Oh by the way, Would be glad if you could give me a list of nice places to go when we come home this May. This will be my fiancee’s first visit to Philippines.

  3. JoeyTosino says

    diba yung dried shrimps medyo may halong alat na rin?
    natandaan ko kasi nung ginamit ko yan sa ginisang monggo, meron ng alat e.

    yan recipe mo, niluto ko dati, pero with pork yun sakin at bagoong(allergic ka dun diba Cons?)
    tapos dinala ko sa work
    etong kaibigan kong Romanian, takam na takam sa ampalaya on rice ko
    sabi ko tikman nyo kung gusto nya
    so tumikim naman
    unti-unting naglaho pagkatakam sa muka nya nung sinubo nya ampalaya
    napalitan ng napakapait na muka