Deutsch: Gebratenes Gemüse / Español: Verduras salteadas / Português: Legumes refogados / Français: Légumes sautés / Italiano: Verdure saltate

Ginisang Gulay in the food context refers to a Filipino dish consisting of sautéed vegetables. It is a staple in Filipino cuisine, known for its simplicity, health benefits, and versatility. The dish typically features a mix of local vegetables sautéed with garlic, onion, and tomato, and can include a variety of produce such as string beans, squash, okra, eggplant, and leafy greens like spinach or water spinach (kangkong). It may also be enhanced with protein sources like pork, shrimp, or tofu for a more substantial meal.


The essence of Ginisang Gulay lies in its method of preparation, which brings out the natural flavors of the vegetables while retaining their nutritional value. The dish starts with sautéing garlic, onion, and tomato in oil, forming a flavorful base to which the vegetables are added and cooked until just tender. This method ensures the vegetables remain vibrant and slightly crisp, keeping the dish light and healthy. Seasonings such as fish sauce, soy sauce, or salt and pepper are added to taste, providing depth and enhancing the overall flavor of the dish.

Application Areas

Ginisang Gulay is commonly served as:

  • Main Dish: Especially when proteins are added, making it a well-rounded meal.
  • Side Dish: Accompanying grilled or fried fish, meat, and rice.
  • Everyday Meal: Due to its ease of preparation and healthy ingredients, it's a go-to dish for daily Filipino home cooking.

Well-Known Examples

While the basic Ginisang Gulay is quite versatile, specific versions include:

  • Ginisang Sitaw at Kalabasa: A popular variant featuring string beans (sitaw) and squash (kalabasa).
  • Ginisang Monggo: Mung bean stew with leafy greens, often served with fried fish or pork.
  • Ginisang Ampalaya: A specific version using bitter gourd (ampalaya), known for its health benefits, particularly for blood sugar regulation.


A basic recipe for Ginisang Gulay involves:

  1. Ingredients:

    • Mixed vegetables (e.g., string beans, squash, eggplant, spinach)
    • 2-3 cloves of garlic, minced
    • 1 onion, sliced
    • 1 tomato, chopped
    • Protein of choice (optional)
    • Fish sauce, soy sauce, or salt and pepper to taste
    • Cooking oil
  2. Preparation:

    • Heat oil in a pan and sauté garlic, onion, and tomato until softened.
    • Add any protein (if using) and cook until browned.
    • Add the harder vegetables first (like squash), followed by the softer ones (like leafy greens), cooking until just tender.
    • Season with fish sauce, soy sauce, or salt and pepper.
    • Serve hot with rice.

Treatment and Risks

Ginisang Gulay is widely considered a healthy dish, rich in vitamins, minerals, and fiber while being low in calories. However, the nutritional content can vary depending on the types of vegetables and amount of oil used. For a healthier version, use minimal oil and add a variety of colorful vegetables to maximize nutrient intake.

Similar Terms or Synonyms

  • Sautéed Vegetables
  • Stir-fried Vegetables


Ginisang Gulay is a nourishing and flavorful Filipino dish that highlights the simplicity and richness of sautéed vegetables in Filipino cuisine. It is a versatile meal that can be customized with various vegetables and proteins, making it a staple in the Filipino diet for its health benefits, ease of preparation, and delicious taste.


A medley of assorted vegetables found in the Philippines

a medley of assorted vegetables found in the Philippines

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