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bitter melon scramble recipe card

Bitter Melon Scramble

  • Author: Funky Asian Kitchen
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 Minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: serves 2
  • Category: Main
  • Cuisine: Pan-Asian


  • 1 large bitter melon (about 8 ounces)
  • 4 plum tomatoes
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons neutral oil
  • ½ large onion, sliced fine
  • 3 large cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon plus ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper


  1. Wash and cut the bitter melon in half lengthwise. Scrape out the seeds with a small spoon. Slice the melon into thin ¼ inch pieces. Put the melon in a colander and salt with 1 tablespoon salt. Toss to combine and set aside for 10 mins. in the sink or over a larger bowl.
  2. Dice the tomatoes into ¼ inch pieces. Cut the tomatoes in half lengthwise, then into thin slices, and finally across the slices into cubes. Set aside. 
  3. Bring a medium pot of water to a boil. Add the bitter melon and simmer for 1-2 minutes. Drain and set aside. 
  4. Crack the eggs into a bowl and lightly scramble with a fork.
  5. Heat a large nonstick or well seasoned skillet over medium high heat. Pour in the oil and swirl to coat the surface of the pan. 
  6. Add the onion and saute for 2-3 minutes until the onion has begun to soften. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Then add the tomatoes and cook for 1-2 minutes until they start to soften and give off some liquid.
  7. Add the bitter melon and stir to combine.
  8. Add the egg and let cook for 1 minute undisturbed. Flip the egg gently with a spatula and continue to cook for another 1-2 minutes until the egg is cooked to your liking. 
  9. Taste for seasoning and adjust as needed. Serve immediately.

Keywords: bitter melon, meatless, eggs