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Sauteed Butternut Squash (Ginisang Kalabasa)

A classic Filipino vegetable and meat dish, this sauteed butternut squash with porkĀ  (Ginisang Kalabasa) is so yummy and easy to make. Paired with rice, it's such a tasty and wholesome meal! You will find this dish in any cafeteria all over the country.

Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Asian, Filipino
Keyword ginisang kalabasa, sauteed butternut squash, sauteed butternut squash with pork
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes


  • 1 lb pork belly (or pork with some fat), chopped thinly
  • salt and pepper
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
  • 1 onion, peeled and chopped
  • 2 roma tomatoes, seeded (optional) and chopped
  • 1 cup water, or more as needed
  • 1 1/2 lb butternut squash, sliced into cubes or bite-size pieces


  1. Heat the wok or skillet to medium for a couple of minutes. Add the pork pieces. No need to add oil, since the pork would release its fat. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Cook the pork until nicely browned all over.

  2. Add the garlic and onion and cook until the onion has softened about 3-4 minutes. Add the tomatoes and cook for another couple of minutes.

  3. Pour in the water and deglaze the pan. Bring to a boil, then cover and simmer on low until the pork is fully tender about 20 minutes or so. If it dries, simply add a little more water.

  4. Uncover and add the butternut squash; cover and cook until the butternut squash is tender about 10 minutes or so. Taste and adjust the seasoning with more salt and pepper, if needed. Alternatively, use some soy sauce or fish sauce for more flavor. Serve with rice on the side.