Filipino Stir-Fried Upo Squash and Prawns With Bagoong (Shrimp Paste) - Delishably - Food and Drink
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Filipino Stir-Fried Upo Squash and Prawns With Bagoong (Shrimp Paste)

As a child, Edwin's mom told him, "If you want to eat, you should cook it yourself." And that's exactly what he's been doing ever since.

Ginisang upo at hipon (Filipino stir-fried upo squash with prawns)

Ginisang upo at hipon (Filipino stir-fried upo squash with prawns)

What Are Upo and Bagoong?

Upo, aka opo, is a common type of squash found in Asia. It is similar to a zucchini. Typically, it is peeled and seeded before cooking, though if the seeds are still tender they can be eaten. This squash is often included in soups and stews.

Bagoong is a condiment made by combining salt with shrimp (or another type of fish) and allowed to ferment. It's very salty and can be used in seasoning dishes or used for dipping. It has a very pungent odor, so it's an acquired taste.

This recipe uses both ingredients to create a traditional Filipino stew.

Cook Time

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10 min

15 min

25 min

4 servings

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon bagoong (shrimp paste), available at Asian stores
  • 1 cup frozen shelled and fully cooked prawns, thawed
  • 1 small upo squash, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Upo squash is common in Asia.

Upo squash is common in Asia.

A common Filipino condiment, bagoong is a fermented shrimp paste.

A common Filipino condiment, bagoong is a fermented shrimp paste.

Instructions

  1. Thaw out the frozen, shelled, and fully cooked prawns.
  2. Heat oil in a frying pan over medium heat.
  3. Sautee the garlic until brown.
  4. Add the bagoong (shrimp paste).
  5. Add the upo squash and cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally until upo is tender.
  6. Add the thawed prawns and cook for 1 more minute.
  7. Season with salt and pepper to suit your taste.

Variations

  • Use other types of squash such as zucchini.
  • Use fresh prawns instead of the frozen. Make sure to shell and devein the prawns first.
  • Season with soy sauce or fish sauce instead of salt to suit your taste.
  • For a spicier dish, add sliced chili peppers.

Filipino Bagoong (Shrimp Paste)

Comments

Edwin Alcantara (author) from California on September 30, 2020:

You're welcome Peggy.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on September 30, 2020:

Thanks for sharing your good-sounding recipe with us.