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Sautéed Opo Squash with Steamed Rice in a Black Bowl and Fork

Sautéed Opo Squash

  • Author: Jocelyn Wilhelm
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 20
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 8 cups 1x


A very simple to make and healthy recipe, with the exception of the Opo {Upo} squash, I betcha you have all the ingredients at home! I beg you to give this recipe a try! Takes less than 30 minutes to make and it's soooooo delicious! And did I say healthy too?


  • 1 Opo {Upo} squash
  • 1 cup of Shrimp (cleaned, peeled and deveined)
  • 2 cloves of garlic (smashed)
  • 1 medium onion (chopped)
  • 1 medium sized tomato (chopped)
  • 2 T Olive Oil (affiliate link)
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • 1 cup of water


  1. Clean, peel and devein shrimps. Reserving the shells (if you have them) put them in a cup and fill with water to be used as broth when cooking.
  2. Put olive oil (affiliate link) in a braiser or skillet over medium heat. When the oil shimmers, add garlic and onions. Cook until transparent without burning the garlic. Then add chopped tomato and cook for another 2 minutes.
  3. Add the shrimps and cook until pink. Strain the shells from the reserved liquid, and add the liquid into the pan.
  4. Add the squash with the mixture, lower the heat and cover to simmer for about 8-10 minutes.
  5. Add salt & pepper to taste. Enjoy!


  • The equipment section above contains affiliate links to products I LOVE and personally use.
  • For meat variation: You can use pork with or instead of shrimp.
  • For Upo/Opo variation: You can use any type of squash or vegetables to use in place of. And when I say any, I mean ANY!!
  • For a complete vegan recipe: Omit the shrimp!
  • When cutting vegetables, be sure to cut them all the same size so they cook quickly and evenly.
  • Serve with steamed rice.
  • Category: Vegetable
  • Method: Saute
  • Cuisine: Philippine

Keywords: Upo Squash Recipe, Sauteed Upo Opo Squash, Philippine Upo Opo recipe

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