Food, Recipe

Papaya Stir Fry

Papaya has got to be one of the most underrated fruits in the market. Aside from having a succulent flesh when ripen (ripe papaya + ice + milk = YUM), the green and raw ones would make amazing and delicious viand meals that are common on the Filipino table.

Today, I am sharing a really really quick papaya stir fry. Preparation requires no hassle and the whole dish cooks in 20 minutes or less.

Here we go…


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Papaya (cut into strips/julienned), tomatoes, onion, garlic, fresh garlic (bawang na sariwa), salt & pepper, paprika.

Note: Julienned papaya is readily available in your local markets. The bawang na sariwa is the one with long green leafy stalks that looks like chives. I don’t have any idea that it is a baby garlic though. Haha. Lastly, I use paprika all the time. Lol.


  1. In a wok, sautรฉ garlic, onion, and bawang na sariwa until soft and fragrant. Reserve leafy stalks. Add tomatoes and cook until crushed, about 4 minutes.
  2. Add papaya. Season with salt, pepper, and paprika. Cover for 5 minutes and let the salt extract the natural juices of the papaya.
  3. Add hot water. The water helps the papaya to soften easily. We don’t want tough vegetables.
  4. Simmer until papaya is soft and tender (al dente).
  5. Garnish with chopped bawang na sariwa leafy stalks. Serve with white rice.

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For non-vegan options, you can add hibe (dried small shrimps) or even fresh shrimps. Likewise, you can use meat stock (shrimp stock will work best) instead of just hot water for bolder flavours.

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I ate mine with white rice but the dish itself can stand alone. I am always saying this but the key to simple vegetable recipes is that they must be as fresh as possible. Also, remember not to overcook your vegetables because you’re losing the sense of eating them if you do that.

Happy (healthy) eating everyone! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • Reply Sherica February 23, 2015 at 2:31 am

    Shet!! ThAT LOOKS SO GOOD!!!

    “Garnish with chopped bawang na sariwa leafy stalks.” HAHAHA natawa naman ako dito, so conyo you! :)) I’ll try the dish this week! ๐Ÿ˜›

    • Reply chester February 23, 2015 at 2:33 am

      I can’t think what you call that in English eh! Haha. Everyone’s telling me it’s bawang na sariwa! Di ba they look like spring onions????

  • Reply Mary February 23, 2015 at 3:06 am

    I never liked papaya but this look sooooo good and yummy that I might change my mind.

  • Reply Corinth February 23, 2015 at 4:21 am

    I don’t remember the last time I’ve eaten papaya but this dish looks so good!!!

  • Reply Karen February 23, 2015 at 5:05 am

    I’ll include your ingredients and will try this tomorrow for my pack lunch. Easy to prepare and looks yummy!!! Thanks for sharing this one!

  • Reply Mimi Gonzales February 23, 2015 at 7:06 am

    This looks so yummyyyy! I also have a weird idea to try this on other vegies. ๐Ÿ˜€ I love that your recipe entries could look so delicious yet they’re very healthy. It’s very helpful to reach my goal on rocking some abs! HAHAHA

  • Reply Cheryle February 23, 2015 at 1:10 pm

    The dish looks familiar, I guess I have tasted the same kind but with a chayote not papaya. I’m not sure, can’t recall. But anyway, it looks delicous and way cheaper that other vegetable dishes. Thanks for sharing this recipe, Chester. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Alissa February 24, 2015 at 2:05 am

    This I would totally try this recipe! ๐Ÿ™‚ I love papaya.

  • Reply Janine February 24, 2015 at 3:44 am

    Bawang na sariwa! Haha. But they look like spring onions to me! :))

    Lime & Life

  • Reply Helga February 24, 2015 at 6:16 am

    Haha I should try this since we have a papaya tree at home!

  • Reply Maine February 24, 2015 at 2:09 pm

    It’s definitely nice seeing tutorials for Filipino dishes! Love this!

  • Reply Kya February 24, 2015 at 2:14 pm

    Mmmmmm that looks delicious! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Reply Corinne February 24, 2015 at 11:36 pm

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen Papaya sold fresh in the UK! Pity!

    Corinne x

  • Reply Kenneth / Style For Mankind February 25, 2015 at 12:50 pm

    I have to try this! Mukhang masarap at tsaka konti lang ang ingredients. ๐Ÿ˜€

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