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bitter melon stir fry

(1 rating)
Recipe by
Jo Zimny
Ithaca, NY

This is a new fruit I've just discovered. It is used as a vegetable and also considered a super food. It definitely is an acquired taste as the bitterness doesn't go away when it's cooked. I've read that once you get used to it you'll always go back for more.

(1 rating)
yield 4 serving(s)
prep time 15 Min
cook time 5 Min

Ingredients For bitter melon stir fry

  • 1 lb
    light green bitter melon (asian markets carry them)
  • 1 Tbsp
    minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp
    chili pepper flakes
  • 2 Tbsp
    oil (for frying)
  • 2 Tbsp
    soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp
    red wine or balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp
    powdered sweetener
  • a few drops sesame oil

How To Make bitter melon stir fry

  • 1
    To prepare the bitter melon, cut in half length-wise. Remove the seeds and clean out the white pith inside. Cut into slices on a slant.
  • 2
    Sprinkle the slices with some salt and place in a collander to drain for about 15 minutes.
  • 3
    In a small bowl mash the chili pepper flakes and the garlic.
  • 4
    Heat a wok or deep saute pan on medium high and add 2 tablespoons of oil. When the oil is hot, add the garlic/chili mixture. Stir-fry briefly until aromatic (about 30 seconds).
  • 5
    Add the bitter melon, and stir fry for 2 minutes, then splas with the balsamic vinegar and soy sauce. Stir in the sweetener and cook for 1-2 more minutes until the melon is browing and softened.
  • 6
    Stir in a couple of drops of sesame oil if desired.
  • 7
    Serve Hot and Enjoy!

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