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ginisang sardinas with upo in a white serving bowl
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3 from 3 votes

Ginisang Upo at Sardinas

Sardines with bottle gourd squash is nutritious as it is delicious. It's easy to make and budget-friendly, too! Great with steamed rice!
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time20 minutes
Course: Main Entree
Cuisine: Filipino
Servings: 4 Servings
Calories: 227kcal


  • 1 large upo
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • 1 onion, peeled and sliced thinly
  • 2 medium Roma tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 2 cans (5.5 ounces each) tomato-based Sardines
  • 2 cups water
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Cut and discard ends of upo. Using a peeler, peel skin. Cut the gourd lengthwise.
  • If the interior is "too spongy" and has mature seeds, remove spongy flesh using a spoon and discard. Slice gourd lengthwise into halves and then slice into ½ inch-thick pieces.
  • In a pot, heat oil. Add onions and garlic and saute until softened.
  • Add tomatoes and continue to cook until slightly softened.
  • Add fish sauce and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 1 to 2 minutes.
  • Add sardines and gently break into pieces, if desired.
  • Add water and bring to a boil.
  • Add upo and stir to combine. Continue to cook for about 5 to 7 minutes or until upo are tender yet crisp.
  • Season with salt and pepper. Serve hot.


Cook the vegetable just until tender as it will continue to cook and soften in the residual heat.


Calories: 227kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 111mg | Sodium: 758mg | Potassium: 535mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 342IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 340mg | Iron: 3mg