Ginisang Upo Recipe: Pork & Upo Gourd

                by Joost Nusselder | Updated:  June 4, 2021

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This Ginisang Upo recipe 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 do not have the access or the time to go grandiose with their meals.

And this ginisang upo recipe provides people with a meal fit for both lunch and dinner.

It is easy to make and budget-friendly, so this should always be included in your to-cook list.
Ginisang Upo Recipe
A humble but flexible dish, Ginisang Upo can be cooked with a variety of ingredients, depending on whatever is handily available to the cook.

Ginisang Upo recipe typically includes, aside from the gourd, ground meat, unskinned shrimps, and tomatoes.

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However, if you want to extend a can of tomato sauce-based sardines, then ginisang upo is the perfect recipe for it. To further extend this recipe, you can also use misua or sotanghon.

For more broth, you can always add water to the mix as well.

This recipe is just that flexible as the humble-tasting upo actually ups the flavor of whatever other ingredients you include with it with the upo providing the necessary health benefits and crunch to the meal.

Also check out our delicious Ginisang Baguio recipe
Ginisang Upo preparation
If you do not have any bottle gourd, however, you can always use sayote or for the brave, papaya, as a substitute.

This is ginisang upo recipe is typically cooked and served with heaps of rice as the dish tends to get oily.

As it tends to be on the oily side because of either the meat, the sardines, or the oil used for sauteing, it is recommended that you serve this dish with atsara (pickled shredded papaya and carrots) to counter the oil.

Also check out this Atsarang Labaons or Filipino pickled radish recipe
Ginisang Upo

Ginisang Upo Recipe

Ginisang upo recipe

Joost Nusselder
This Ginisang Upo recipe 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 do not have the access or the time to go grandiose with their meals.
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Filipino
Servings 4 people
Calories 85 kcal


  • ¼ lb pork steak cut in small cubes
  • 1 medium upo (gourd)
  • 1 large tomato sliced
  • 1 medium onion sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tsp alamang
  • cooking oil
  • ground pepper


  • In a pan, 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.
  • Simmer for few minutes. Make sure not to overcook the upo.
  • Serve hot with steamed rice.


Calories: 85kcal
Keyword Pork
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In all, this Ginisang Upo recipe is a  simple but tasty dish that can always be made fancy by a little imagination.

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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.