Plated Ginisang Upo with Shrimp (bottle gourd) - Filipino Lent Food Ideas.

Ginisang Upo with Shrimp

Ginisang Upo with Shrimp is a light, simple Filipino vegetable dish made with bottle gourd sautéed in onion, garlic, tomato and shrimp. Pork can be used too.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Asian, Filipino
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 3
Calories 262kcal


  • 1 small upo bottle gourd, peeled & cut into cubes (if seeds are hard, remove & discard)
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 large tomato cubed
  • 1 pound shrimp peeled and deveined
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup water or broth
  • fish sauce or salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil


  • In a pan, heat oil over medium heat and saute onion until translucent.
  • Add garlic, cook until golden.
  • Add tomato, cook until soft and limp. When soft, mash with kitchen utensil.
  • Toss-in shrimp. Cook until pink.
  • Pour water or broth. Bring to a boil.
  • Lower heat. Toss-in cubed upo or bottle gourd and cook for 3 minutes or until soft but not soggy.
  • Season with fish sauce or salt and pepper.
  • Turn off heat and transfer dish to a serving plate so it doesn’t overcook.
  • Serve hot. Enjoy!


Calories: 262kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 381mg | Sodium: 1181mg | Potassium: 288mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 342IU | Vitamin C: 16mg | Calcium: 239mg | Iron: 3mg