stir fried bitter melon recipes

stir fried bitter melon recipes

stir fried bitter melon recipes

bitter melon (Bitter gourd)  is really, well, bitter, making it almost inedible, especially if you’re new to it. However, it is really good for you, and like other acquired tastes, once you get used to the bitterness you almost start to crave it.

cutting bitter melon slices

Stir-fried Bitter Melon is a healthy dish easily made at home, which is green in color, fresh and crisp in taste, and simple to prepare.

Cut the gourd open in the middle. Scoop out all the pithy parts and the seeds, completely. This is important since the pith is extremely bitter. A teaspoon is the best tool for this task.

Wash the bitter melon and then cut it lengthwise. Discard the seeds and pith. Slice the bitter melon cross sectionally, in ¼ of an inch slices. Even slices means even cooking, which is particularly important for this dish.

stir fried bitter melon recipes

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This is not a quick stir fry like some of the more delicate vegetables. Bitter melon is dense and takes longer to cook, about 10 minutes.

Tip on cutting bitter melon slices:
The bitter melon halves should be cut at an inclined angle to expose more flesh so that the seasonings can soak in more easily during cooking.

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stir fried bitter melon recipes

Bitter gourd is really, well, bitter, making it almost inedible, especially if you’re new to it.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Chinese
Servings: 2
Calories: 173kcal
Author: Luda huang

Ingredients

  • 1 pound bitter melon about 1 melons
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons oil for stir-frying
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  • To prepare the bitter melon, cut in half lengthwise.Remove the seeds .
  • Heat wok over medium-high heat and add 2 tablespoons oil. When the oil is hot, add the minced garlic and chili mixture.Stir-fry briefly until aromatic - about 30 seconds.
  • Add the slices of bitter melon to the wok. Stir-fry over high heat until the melon is considerably softened but still a bit crisp, about 5 minutes. then the salt and soy sauce.Stir in the sugar., then stir-fry 1 minute longer. Until the bitter melon is browning and beginning to soften.
  • Serve hot and enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 173kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 594mg | Potassium: 671mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1068IU | Vitamin C: 194mg | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 1mg
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