Bitter Melon Salad |

Bitter Melon Salad

Course: Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: nigauri, shiro ae, tofu
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4
Author: Nami
The bitter melon is dressed with tofu and sesame sauce, and it's not only healthy and light but also delicious!  The tofu and sesame flavor makes the "bitterness" very gentle and mild, so if you are not a fan of bitter melon this recipe could change your mind.




  1. Gather all the ingredients.

    Bitter Melon Salad Ingredients
  2. Open the tofu package and drain the tofu.
    Bitter Melon Salad 1
  3. Cut the bitter melon in half lengthwise and remove the seeds with spoon.
    Bitter Melon Salad 2
  4. Slice thinly. I like my vegetable crunchy so I cut into 1/8 inch pieces, but you can cut thinner as well.
    Bitter Melon Salad 3
  5. Cook the bitter melon in the salted boiling water for 3-5 minutes (depending on your liking) and drain well.
    Bitter Melon Salad 4
  6. Soak the bitter melon in cold water for 5 minutes, then drain really well.
    Bitter Melon Salad 5
  7. Meanwhile wrap the tofu with paper towel on top of a large plate. Microwave the tofu for 2 minutes (1000 Watt) to further drain the water. Discard the excess water and let it cool.
    Bitter Melon Salad 6
  8. Grate the ginger to have about 1 tsp. including juice.
    Bitter Melon Salad 7
  9. Grind the roasted white sesame seeds well. You can leave some sesame seeds ungrounded for texture.
    Bitter Melon Salad 8
  10. Combine all the seasoning ingredients in a large bowl and mix all together.
    Bitter Melon Salad 9
  11. Add the cooled tofu and mix well. Then add the bitter melon (if necessary, you can wipe off the extra moisture with paper towel so it won’t dilute the sauce).
    Bitter Melon Salad 10
  12. Mix all together. You can serve at room temperature or you can chill for half an hour before serving. It gets watery from the tofu so I highly recommend serving soon.
    Bitter Melon Salad 11

Recipe Notes

Recipe by Namiko Chen of Just One Cookbook. All images and content on this site are copyright protected. Please do not use my images without my permission. If you’d like to share this recipe on your site, please re-write the recipe in your own words and link to this post as the original source. Thank you.