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Ginisang Upo sa Sardinas (Sauteed Bottle Gourd in Sardines)

A simple, filling and budget-friendly meal that can help us stretch our money during this pandemic
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Filipino
Keyword: ginisang upo, sardinas, upo
Servings: 4 people
Author: Pam from PinoyBites


  • 1 medium-size Upo Bottle Gourd, peeled,quartered lengthwise and thinly sliced
  • 1 can sardines in tomato sauce I used Ligo sardines
  • 2 Tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 small onion finely diced
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 to matoes diced
  • 1- 1 ½ cups water*
  • Patis fish sauce or salt to taste
  • Ground black pepper

Here's How:

  • In a large pot, turn the heat to medium and put the oil. Add onion and saute until translucent, about a minute. Add the garlic and stir for about 10 seconds followed by the tomatoes. Press the tomatoes against the pan with a wooden spoon for a minute to release the juices and pour the sardines, making sure to scrape the sauce that clings to the can.
  • Gently break the sardines into smaller pieces then add the upo. Increase the heat to medium-high, stir well and add 1- 1½ cups of water. Cover and cook for 5-8 minutes or until cooked through.
  • Season with ground black pepper and salt or patis. Stir very well and turn the heat off after another minute.


*Add more water if you want to. Just make sure you adjust the seasoning.