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Stir Fried Chayote Squash

Stir Fried Chayote Squash

I asked my mother to guess what my first Filipino recipe post will be and she answered without any hesitation: “Ginisang Sayote”.  Her answer made me laugh and I asked her how she knew.  Her answer:  “It’s the dish you always ask for when you visit the Philippines. ”

Read more about my Ginisang Sayote/Stir Fried Sayote Squash story here


This recipe is common in Filipino households and is a simple fare of Chayote  Squash and ground pork stir fried in garlic, onions, and tomatoes.  It is served with steamed rice, on the side or with the Ginisang Sayote ladled on top so the sauce from stir frying all the ingredients is soaked up by the rice.

This is my second time to cook Chayote Squash and I forgot that when peeled, it exudes a sap and gets slippery. You can wash the squash after peeling or wear gloves. I did neither and was fine, but the sap may irritate sensitive skin. 






Stir Fried Chayote Squash

Chayote is one of my favorite Filipino home cooked dishes. It is delicious,easy to make and nutritious.

  • Author: AmusingMaria
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Category: Meat and Vegetables
  • Cuisine: Filipino


  • 3 tbs oil
  • 6 large garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1/2 large onion, choppes
  • 1 medium tomato, diced
  • 1 lb ground pork
  • 4 medium Chayote Squash, peel, discard seed, and cut into bite sized pieces
  • 1/2 cup water or broth1 tsp ginger, sliced thin or ginger powder
  • 4 medium dried bay leaf
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • ground pepper to taste
  • salt (optional if not using fish sauce)


  1. Heat oil on medium heat in a large skillet
  2. Add garlic and saute’ for about 2 mins
  3. Add onions and cook until tender
  4. Add tomatoes and cook until tender
  5. Add ground pork, cook until brown
  6. Add Chayote Squash and water
  7. Add Spices: ginger, bay leaf, soy sauce, fish sauce
  8. Bring to a boil then simmer on low, cover the skillet
  9. Cook Chayote Squash for about 40 to 50 minutes or until tender
  10. Stir occasionally until cooked Chayote is cooked evenly


  • Serving Size: 4



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One Comment

  1. Onig
    May 7, 2015 at 4:57 AM Reply

    Delish…good job!

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