4 Best Ginisang Recipes: From Munggo To Repolyo

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Looking for some new and delicious Filipino recipes to try out?

Ginisang is the Tagalog word for “sauteed.” So, in this list of the best ginisang recipes, you’ll find a variety of dishes that have been cooked in a pan or wok with oil or butter.

These recipes are all easy to follow and will result in a fantastic meal that your whole family will love. With flavors that range from spicy to sweet, there’s something here for everyone.

Best ginisang recipes

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Best 4 ginisang recipes

Ginisang munggo (mung bean stew)

Easy Ginisang munggo (mung bean stew) recipe
Ginisang Munggo recipe is also called a mung bean stew recipe. In the Philippines, a country where vegetarianism is not popular, Ginisang Monggo is served when abstinence from meat is required– that is during Fridays.
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Ginisang Munggo Recipe

Small shrimps or Hipon are used to give a tasty broth to this Ginisang Munggo recipe.

The shrimps are boiled, and the heads are pounded so that the juice of the shrimps will be extracted. If you are not using shrimp stock, you can substitute it with pork or chicken stock.

Do not use beef stock for this ginisang monggo recipe as this may overpower your mung beans’ flavor.

Ginisang repolyo

Ginisang repolyo recipe (cabbage & pork)
If you want to have a tasty meal but don't have the time to cook, then ginisang repolyo is the perfect recipe for all busy people out there. This is a no-nonsense recipe that involves sauteing all of the ingredients.
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Ginisang Repolyo Recipe

This is a no-nonsense recipe that involves sauteing all of the ingredients. It includes cabbage (can be napa cabbage), bell peppers, carrots, and even meat, such as chicken, pork, or beef.

Traditionally, Filipino ginisang repolyo was a vegetable dish. But this recipe includes tasty pork slices for added protein.

Since it has a short cooking time and hearty ingredients, ginisang repolyo will make the perfect family lunch.

Ginisang upo

Ginisang upo recipe
Ginisang upo (or sauteed bottle gourd) is a simple dish that everyone can cook. Anything ginisa (or sauteed) has a place in the Filipino lifestyle, as sometimes, people just don't have the means or the time to make grandiose meals.
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Ginisang Upo Recipe

A humble but flexible dish, ginisang upo can be cooked with a variety of ingredients, depending on whatever’s handily available to the cook. Aside from the gourd, ginisang upo typically includes ground meat, unskinned shrimp, and tomatoes.

This recipe is really flexible, as the humble-tasting upo actually ups the flavor of whatever other ingredients you include with it. It also provides the necessary health benefits and crunch to the meal!

It’s easy to make and is budget-friendly too, so this should always be included in your to-cook list.

Abitsuelas guisado (ginisang baguio beans)

Abitsuelas guisado recipe (baguio beans stew)
This Abitsuelas Guisado recipe is somehow popular in the Philippines because it is one of the easiest and quickest dishes to cook and the ingredients are very simple and cheap to buy which is affordable.
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Ginisang Baguio Beans

Abitsuelas are a good source of Carbohydrate, a moderate amount of Protein, Dietary Fiber, Vitamin C and Beta – Carotene which converts into Vitamin A, B- vitamins and trace amounts of Calcium, Iron, and Potassium.

The 4 best ginisang recipes

4 Best Ginisang Recipes

Joost Nusselder
Ginisang munggo, repolyo, upo, or guisado. They're all very delicious, healthy, and easy to make.
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Course Soup
Cuisine Filipino
Servings 5 people
Calories 279 kcal


  • cups Mung beans (yellow or green)
  • 1 lb Pork or Beef cubes
  • 2 tbsp Olive oil
  • 5-6 cloves Garlic crushed
  • 2 medium Onions, chopped
  • 1 (10 oz) bag Spinach


  • Ginisang munggo is best made in a large and deep pan (like a Dutch oven). Pour the water over. Bring to a boil, cover and then simmer until the meat is tender. The ginisang here is where you take another skillet, heat the oil. Saute the garlic and onion for a couple of minutes. Add the chopped tomatoes and cook for another 5 minutes. Lightly season with salt and pepper. Then later stir in the ginisang ingredients into the bean mixture.
  • For the ginisang repolyo saute garlic in a wok or large skillet over medium heat until light brown. Add onions and saute until translucent. Add ground pork and saute for 3 minutes or until there are no more red parts showing. Season with about 1/2 tsp salt and 1/8 tsp freshly ground pepper. Mix well. Cover and cook for about 5 minutes or until pork is tender. Remove cover and add the cabbage and carrots. Stir until combined well.
  • For the ginisang upo saute garlic, onion, and tomatoes in cooking oil. Add the pork. Cook until the meat turns light brown. Then add the alamang and cook for few minutes. Add the water and simmer until the pork is tender. Add the upo and season with ground pepper.
  • For the ginisang baguio beans saute onion, garlic, tomato in a preheat oil in a pan. Add pork meat until red disappeared and meat is tender. Add shrimp and Abitsuelas (Baguio Beans).



Calories: 279kcal
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Sauteing can be done in any culture, but the Filipino ginisang brings such a great taste to a lot of recipes that it’s worth to explore as it’s own separate way of cooking.

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Joost Nusselder, the founder of Bite My Bun is a content marketer, dad and loves trying out new food with Japanese food at the heart of his passion, and together with his team he's been creating in-depth blog articles since 2016 to help loyal readers with recipes and cooking tips.