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

Sautéed Opo Squash


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


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


  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 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!


  • 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 completely 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.
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 20
  • Category: Vegetable
  • Method: Saute
  • Cuisine: Philippine

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