Ampalaya con Carne

How to make Ampalaya con Carne. Ampalaya con Carne is a delicious and healthy Filipino bitter melon or gourd recipe with strips of tender beef and brown sauce. It is similar to the Chinese Beef and Broccoli recipe with tender beef pieces but with the Filipino version it is cooked with bitter melon or ampalaya. 

This Ampalaya con Carne recipe is easy to make and taste so delicious especially to ampalaya lover like me. Ampalaya or bitter melon is a popular Filipino vegetable despite its bitter taste. So rich in nutrients and they say it does help in maintaining blood sugar levels and lowers bad cholesterol levels. It also helps in weight loss and boost immune system. Is that a good enough reason to eat ampalaya? You want to reduce the bitterness? Soak ampalaya in salted water for about 10 minutes. Wash in running water and drain before cooking.

If you like ampalaya or bitter melon then this Ampalaya con Carne recipe is for you. Give this delicious recipe a try. Make it today and share with family and friends. Watch the video below to learn how to make this simple ampalaya dish. The instructions below will also guide you with the steps. Don't forget to check related bitter melon recipes below. Click on the name link below the picture to see complete recipe. You can also follow Casa Baluarte Recipes on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Pinterest for more delicious home-cooking recipe and easy to follow cooking videos. 

  • 3 tbsp canola (or any kind) oil
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 3 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 1 lb sirloin or skirt steak, sliced thinly across the grain
  • 1 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp ground pepper
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp salted black (tausi) beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup water (add more as needed)
  • salt to taste
  • 2 large bitter (ampalaya) melon, sliced
  • 1/2 tsp cornstarch (diluted in 2 tbsp water), optional
  • 1/2 tsp sesame oil

  1. In a wide pan, heat oil over medium heat. Saute onion and garlic until fragrant for about a minute. Add slices of beef and cook until lightly browned for about 3-5 minutes. 
  2. Add oyster sauce, soy sauce, ground pepper, sugar and salted black beans. Stir and cook for few minutes. 
  3. Pour-in water and stir to combine. Cover pan and bring into a quick boil then reduce heat to low. Simmer until meat is tender and sauce is reduced. Add more water as needed. 
  4. Season with salt to taste and add sliced ampalaya. Let it simmer for about 5 minutes without stirring then stir gently to combine. Cover and cook until ampalaya is tender for about 3-5 minutes. 
  5. Pour-in cornstarch diluted in water and stir to combine. Cook for few minutes. Drizzle with sesame oil and gently stir. Transfer in a serving dish and serve while hot with steamed rice. Enjoy!

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