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How to cook Ukoy na Kalabasa

Ukoy na Kalabasa Recipe is a healthy and delicious Filipino appetizer that is very easy to cook.  My Kids who do not want to eat Kalabasa or squash end up loving this dish, they usually ask their mom to prepare it for afternoon snacks.

The regular Ukoy is always peddled around in the Philippines by street vendors as merienda or snacks. These fritters are made with shrimp and a medley of grated or julienned vegetables, ranging from papaya, bean sprouts, squash, carrots, onions to cassava then deep-fried into crisp patties and served with a spicy vinegar dip.


ukoy na kalabasa

Ukoy na Kalabasa Ingredients

  • 1 cup butternut squash, julienned or grated
  • 1/2 cup medium sized shrimps, heads and skin removed ( use the whole shrimp if you have small ones )
  • 1/4 cup carrots, grated or thinly sliced
  • 1/8 cups green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 tbsp. fish sauce
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • a dash of freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup oil, for frying


Spicy Vinegar Dip:

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 2 tbsp. Fish sauce or soysauce
  • 2 birds eye chillies, chopped

Ukoy na Kalabasa Cooking Instructions

  • Mix together in a bowl the flour, corn starch, egg, garlic, water, fish sauce and pepper. Mix it very well and make sure it’s free from lumps and set aside.
  • Wash and peel the butternut squash and carrots then grate it but in you do not have a grater, slice thinly as you can. Then slice the green onions.
  • Add the butternut squash, green onions, carrots and shrimp into the batter mixture and mix well.
  • In a frying pan, heat oil just enough to deep fry 2 fritters at a time. Using a slotted spoon, scoop Vege-shrimp batter allowing excess batter to drip off and place in a pan like mini pancakes, frying each side until crispy and lightly brown.
  • Once cooked, drain each Ukoy fritters on a paper towel to get rid excess oil.
  • Prepare the vinegar dip by mixing all ingredients and mix well, transfer in small bowl and serve warm.

Ukoy na Kalabasa Recipe

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Okoy na Kalabasa Recipe

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10 Responses

  1. cathy henatyszen

    January 12th, 2013 at 5:01 pm


    Thanks for the great recipe idea… I love shrimp so much… will have to give this one a try for sure.

    hope you have a great 2013 !!

  2. Stephanie Thompson

    January 13th, 2013 at 11:03 pm


    So many good recipes on your site! I am bookmarking are starting a grocery list so I can start making some new stuff. Thank you so much for sharing!

  3. Gemalyn

    January 14th, 2013 at 3:21 am


    thank you for giving me the recipe of calderetang kambing.. i will try this one in home.. yummy!!!

  4. Krista Grandstaff

    January 14th, 2013 at 1:18 pm


    This looks and sounds fantastic! I’m always looking for something different to try…and this would be great…my kids love veggies, but I’ve never thought of putting them with shrimp like this…perfect! Thanks so much for sharing :)

  5. Mihai Ioan Bizga

    January 14th, 2013 at 4:01 pm


    It seems to be delicious. Thank you for this recipe.

  6. Cassandra Rojas

    January 14th, 2013 at 11:19 pm


    I am going to make this because it looks good and it was posted on me and my grandaughters bday. I am going to try to make this recipie

  7. pamela

    January 15th, 2013 at 12:43 am


    mmmmmmmmmmmmm these sound and look yummy thank you for the recipe

  8. danielle hathaway

    January 26th, 2013 at 1:43 pm


    i have to make something to eat right now!!!all of this is makeing me hungry

  9. Jessa @ Shalom Sweet Home

    January 29th, 2013 at 8:01 am


    Wow, this looks delicious! I just found your blog and my mouth is watering from all the delicious recipes you have here! I think I’m going to have to try and make this one! Thanks!

  10. md kennedy

    May 24th, 2013 at 2:04 am


    I am loving the sound of this recipe. I think it would be great without the shrimp, too (we have a family member who is allergic).

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