Bitter Melon Recipes

Bitter Melon (also known as bitter gourd, bitter squash and balsam-pear) is a sour squash that is a great addition to stir fries and soups. Give bitter melon a try with one of these 10 recipes.

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Rating: 4.5 stars 25
A delicious one-pot Filipino dish of tender vegetables, pork, and prawns.

Bitter Melon and Black Bean Sauce Beef

Rating: 5 stars 6
A classic Chinese dish that can be made with chicken instead of beef. If chicken is used, cooking time will be more depending on the thickness of the chicken pieces.

Winter Melon Meatball Soup

Rating: 4.5 stars 19
This soup is very warming. I love to make this during the winter months when it's chilly outside.

South Indian Bitter Gourd Roast

I'm always looking for innovative ways to serve bitter gourd. I was just experimenting with my Indian spices one day and made this yummy dish. It is a great side for a number of South Indian rice dishes like rasam or sambar rice.

Filipino Fish Stew (Paksiw na Bangus)

Rating: 3 stars 1
Filipino bangus (milkfish) is cooked in vinegar with vegetables to make this delicious fish stew. Make ahead and serve with any meal.

Bitter Melon Stir-Fry

Rating: 3 stars 1
This is a favorite Filipino vegetable dish, although the slightly bitter taste of bitter melon needs a lot of getting used to. Cooking it this way lightens the bitter taste.

Hearty Pumpkin Beef Soup

This is my one of my favorites soups to make. I do it my way, which is quick and easy but just as good.

Pork Stuffed Bitter Melon

This is a classic Chinese dish. Bitter melon is stuffed with a delicious mixture of minced pork, then pan-fried and simmered with a garlic and black bean sauce. Serve with freshly cooked rice.
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Bitter Melon and Brinjal (Eggplant) Relish

This Filipino vegetable relish is a good side dish for any meal.

Kimchi Goya Champuru

This is the simplest way to cook goya champuru, the famous Okinawa food made from bitter melon and atsuage (deep-fried tofu).

Mushroom, Shrimp, and Winter Melon Soup

With the refreshing taste of winter melon and umami from dried shiitake mushrooms and shrimp, this soup is a perfect mushroom recipe, especially for summer!

Chinese Winter Melon Smoothie

This easy smoothie with Chinese winter melon and honey dew melon is wonderfully refreshing when served chilled.

Inspiration and Ideas

Curry Ketchup Pork
This recipe is one of the easiest things you can do with pork. Tomato ketchup is already rich in flavor so this dish doesn't require much unless you want to put in more vegetables. To add something green in this dish, I've added bitter melon.
Chicken and Egg Rice Bowl (Oyakodon)
Rating: Unrated 1
Let's stop arguing if the egg or the chicken came first because for this dish, both are needed as main ingredients. Oyakodon is a Japanese rice bowl dish. It's a very common food at home. It's simple and easy to make.