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Simple Lettuce Stir-Fry Cooking Recipes

Lettuce Stir-Fry


The secret to this crisp, savory dish lies in quick and simple cooking. All the cutting can be alone ahead of time, with the actual cooking accomplished at the last minute. Serve this simple cooking recipes alongside a spicy meal of blackhead fish fillets.

Makes 6 servings

  • 2 tablespoons mild vegetable oil, preferably peanut

  • 1 teaspoon Chinese hot oil

  • 1 clove garlic, minced

  • 1 bunch (6 to 8) green onions (scallions), white and light green parts only, thinly sliced, plus 1 tablespoon for garnishing

  • 1 large head green leaf lettuce, Romaine, or curly endive, sliced crosswise

  • 1 tablespoon light soy sauce

  • 1 tablespoon rice wine, or dry sherry

  • 2 tablespoons chicken stock

  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch

  • Hot pepper sauce to taste (optional)

  1. Heat the oils in a wok over high heat. Add the garlic and all but 1 tablespoon of the green onions, and cook, stirring, for 10 to 15 seconds, being careful not to burn the vegetables. Add the lettuce and stir-fry until just wilted, about 1 minute.

  2. In a small bowl, stir together the soy sauce, wine, stock and cornstarch. Stir this mixture into the lettuce and continue to cook, stirring or tossing, constantly, until the sauce thickened, no longer than 1 minute.

  3. Serve the lettuce at once, very hot, garnished with the remaining 1 tablespoon of green onions. Pass a favorite hot pepper sauce, if desired.

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