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Ginisang Upo with Shrimps

Ginisang upo with shrimps is a tasty vegetable dish of crisp yet tender bottle gourd and juicy shrimps. Serve this as a light and refreshing side dish for your delicious mains or have it with rice.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: Filipino
Keyword: bottle gourd, ginisang upo with shrimps
Author: Mia


  • 3-4 cups upo or bottle gourd peeled and cut into strips
  • ¼ kg shrimps shelled and deveined
  • 1 small onion sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic chopped
  • 2 large tomatoes sliced
  • 2 tbsp cooking oil
  • 2 cups water for making shrimp broth
  • salt and pepper for seasoning


  • Remove head, shells and devein shrimps. Place shrimp head and shells in a small pot and add 2 cups water and bring to a simmer.
  • While simmering press shell head using a fork to extract juice. After simmering for 5 minutes, remove from heat and discard head and shells. Save broth for later use.
  • In a medium pot, heat oil over medium heat. Sauté onion and garlic until onion is translucent.
  • Tip in tomatoes and cook until wilted and juice have been extracted. Add shrimps and cook until light pink in color.
  • Add bottle gourd or upo and mix to incorporate. Cook for 3 - 5 minutes until half done.
  • Add shrimp broth and stir. Taste and adjust with salt and pepper if needed. Bring to a simmer and cook until bottle gourd is tender. Remove from heat and transfer in a serving dish. Bon appetit!