Top Recipes on How To Cook The Best Ginisang Sayote

Sayote (mirliton squash) is plenty in the Philippines. How to cook ginisang sayote is never a question for most of the Filipinos. This dish would frequently grace the food table of the middle class to lower class families in the country. 

In line with being a champion veggie dish of the mass, this food is affordable and quite less complicated to make. It is always included in the daily dish episodes in most eateries all over the country. Let alone its budget-friendly image, the dish is also blessed with the translucent, silky texture of this veggie and some spices that will make your meal light and straightforward, yet fulfilling that your spoon will come back for more

So, in this feature, we showcase to you some of the variations of Ginisang Sayote so you won’t get bored with the traditional way of cooking it. Plus, we will also share with you some tips on how to make this dish extra delectable and delicious to the taste buds.

What is the Best Ginisang Sayote Dish and How Do You Make it Tasty

Ginisang Sayote is an original Filipino dish that is commonly done by stir-frying and sauteing the vegetables combined with meat, some herbs, and spices. It is straightforward to cook and will take at least one episode of your most hated TV show to finish the cooking.

sayote with shrimp and carrots on a plate

Aside from that, the ingredients are so simple and affordable that you can even feed the whole Barangay without hurting your wallet. That’s how cheap it can get, especially if the price of vegetables is down. Just let them bring their rice, or it will hurt your budget so much if you include it in your charitable feeding. 

Moreover, this meal is not only affordable and straightforward but healthy as well. Sayote  (chayote) isn’t only a versatile veggie, but filled with an abundant supply in nutrients too! Plus, you can make it extra special by adding some vegetables and splurge it with some expensive meat because it works well with almost any meat from lean to seafood such as beef, pork, chicken, and shrimp. 

The texture of Ginisang Sayote is one of a kind, especially when it’s cooked. It is a spongy veggie meaning it can suck in flavors pretty well. 

Cooking Tasty Recipe Variations of Ginisang Sayote

As promised, this portion highlights the other amazing variations of Ginisang Sayote. We listed some versions of this entree so you would have options on any day. So here it goes, indulges your family with this delicious and make your lunch or dinner a light, hearty meal for everyone.

Tasty Sayote with Shrimp

ginisang sayote with shrimp

First on this list is Ginisang Sayote with shrimp. It is characterized by sauteed chayote with peeled and deveined shrimps, spiced up by chopped onions, minced garlic, salt, and pepper. The recipe is also made colorful with vegetable oil, tomato sauce, water, and cilantro.  

So far, this variant is the most popular and the best among the others because merely it is light, easy, and tasty. It is light and doesn’t take too much time to cook. Thus, you can pig-out on this unlimitedly if you want without nursing guilty feelings at all due to the many health benefits you can gain. 

With Delicious Sardines

ginisang sayote with sardines and rice on the middle
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If your budget is exceptionally tight, you can experiment on your stored canned goods by cooking Ginisang Sayote with sardines. It is cheap, but packed with nutrients is what we are aiming for.

If you want this version, then go ahead, grab your most favorite brand of sardines. 

To make this version, saute the sardines, and chayote altogether and stir-fry. If you want it soupy, add water. Nonetheless, it’s up to you how to make savory and healthy.

With Delicious Beef

ginisang sayote with ground beef in a bowl
(Photo Credits to: Pinterest)

If you want to have it extra tasty and unique, you can use beef as its meat extender. However, this could be pricey, but we can assure you it is worth every penny. Beef is high in protein and iron but high in cholesterol and fats.
If you are to pick beef, choose the one with lesser fat on it, such as the sirloin or the flank part. To serve or pair it with meat, pre-cook the beef, sliced in strips first because it’s tough. Then include the other ingredients like the oyster sauce, water, onion, garlic, tomato, sayote, asin, and pepper to enhance its taste and make it tastier. Adding pork or other meat is not a new combination for this.

With Delicious Chicken

ginisang sayote with chicken on a wide plate
(Photo Credits to: belachan2)

Perhaps the most versions among the list of recipes offered online are the sauteed version with chicken. You will need just the same ingredients with different meat, which is the chicken—the same making process.

Troubleshooting your Version of the Dish

Sometimes, however trivial the dish is, kitchen horror is just inevitable. Here are the ways to keep them at bay or remedy what’s faulty. 

  • Salty soup –  what will work best to remedy this is by re-adjusting portions so there will be balanced in the salt. If the soup is salty, remove part of the soup and add fresh liquid, which could be unsalted broth or stock.
  • Undercooked veggie/meat – put them back again in the stove and re-cook in low heat.


Did you know that chayote is surprisingly nutritious, although it’s an unexciting and straightforward appearance? Plus, it’s cheap! How many times do we have to mention this! It is not a new thing, you know? 

Tips on Cooking Chayote

Here are the tips to make your dish a successful, delicious treat for the whole family and less kitchen time.

  • Use a paring knife or peeler to quickly skinned off the chayote.
  • To take out the skin in the crevices of the chayote, use the pointed part of the peeler.
  • Wash the veggie first before you cut it open in this way, you won’t be washing out the nutrients.

Best Served With

Below is the list of food that goes perfectly with Ginisang Sayote.

  • Fried Galunggong – a typical Filipino combination. Dried dish with a soupy vegetable delicious.
  • Pinakbet – If you don’t want a lot of different veggies going on in one plate, then you can look in another plate where Ginisang Sayote is sitting. Let’s keep it simple.
  • Binagoongan – We all say yes to binagoongan! This salty and spicy dish paired with sweet and light as sauteed chayote are a perfect combination.
  • Ginisang Corned Beef – If you want to make another dish using beef and keep Sayote as it is, it works well, too!


Now that you know how to cook Ginisang Sayote. You will make sure you have Sayote in your grocery lists. The good news is that it doesn’t spoil quickly and can last for days if stored properly. So there you have it. We hope we have given you some knowledge about this recipe.

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Superb Sayote Recipe

A simple yet tasty recipe is well-known to Filipino families. This viand can give you a full appetite without hurting your budget and pocket.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Filipino
Keyword Vegetable recipes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 131kcal
Cost $3-$5


  • 1 lb Chayote cut into strips
  • 1 pc Onion diced
  • 4 cloves Garlic crushed
  • 1/2 cup Ground pork
  • 1 tbsp Cooking oil
  • 1 tsp Fish sauce
  • 1/2 tsp Ground black pepper
  • 1 cup Water


  • Heat the cooking oil in a pan.
  • Saute garlic until it turns brown. Then add the onion and cook for 3-5 minutes.
  • Put-in ground pork then season with salt and pepper. Stir well until the pork are cook.
  • Pour 1 cup of water then cover the pan and let it boil for 5 minutes.
  • Add the chayote and cook for another 5 minutes.
  • Serve while hot!


Calories: 131kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 142mg | Potassium: 234mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 1mg
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