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Filipino-Style Bitter Gourd Omelette (Tortang Ampalaya) Recipe

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Learn how to prepare bitter gourd omelette with this simple recipe!

Learn how to prepare bitter gourd omelette with this simple recipe!

Bitter Gourd Omelette

Eggs are a great source of protein. They can be the perfect way to power up your day. In this Filipino-style dish, I'm preparing a torta (omelette) with ampalaya (bitter gourd).


For the omelette:

  • 200 grams bitter gourd, sliced
  • 6 eggs, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon fish sauce
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Cooking oil

For the preparation:

  • water
  • salt

Necessary Equipment

For preparing the ingredients:

  • 3 medium bowls
  • 1 small bowl
  • 2 small plates
  • Fork
  • Spoon
  • Strainer
  • Measuring spoons
  • Chopping board
  • Knife

For cooking:

  • Pan
  • Cooking spoon

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

20 min

20 min

40 min

4 servings


  1. Remove the ends of the bitter gourd. Slice each piece into half lengthwise. Scrape out the seeds and white pith using a spoon. Place in a bowl.
  2. Rub some salt into the slices to reduce their bitterness. Set aside for 10 to 15 minutes.
  3. Rinse the slices with water to get rid of the salt. Do this twice. Drain but leave a little bit of water for cooking the bitter gourd.
  4. Heat up a pan. Add the bitter gourd and the remaining liquid. Cook until the slices are dry.
  5. Add the cooking oil. Season with fish sauce, salt, and pepper. Continue cooking the bitter gourd until tender.
  6. Spread out the slices in the pan and add in the beaten eggs. Cover the pan.
  7. Cook each side of the bitter gourd omelette.
  8. Serve with your favorite condiment.
Bitter gourd omelette served with rice

Bitter gourd omelette served with rice

Tips and Techniques

  • For a milder bitter taste, choose the greenest gourds.
  • Scraping off all of the white pith will reduce bitterness.
  • Massage sliced bitter gourd with salt in order to draw out some of its water content. This will help lessen its bitterness.
  • Ketchup is a delicious condiment for this omelette.

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