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Lettuce Stir-fry

Lettuce Stir-fry


  • 1 bag lettuce mix or mesclun
  • 2 tsp. soy sauce
  • 1 ½ tsp. Chinese rice wine or dry sherry
  • ¾ tsp. granulated sugar
  • 1 ½ tsp. vegetable or peanut oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
  • 1 ½ tsp. minced ginger
  • 1/8 – 1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. Asian sesame oil (such as Kadoya)


  1. Combine the rice wine or dry sherry, soy sauce, and sugar in a small bowl, stirring. Set aside.
  2. Heat a wok on medium-high heat and add oil. When the oil is hot, add the garlic, ginger and red pepper flakes.
  3. Stir-fry until aromatic (5-10 seconds) and add the lettuce. Stir-fry the lettuce, sprinkling with the salt, for 1-2 min., until the leaves begin to wilt. Give the sauce a quick re-stir and swirl it into the wok. Stir-fry for 1-2 more min., until the lettuce turns dark green. Remove from the heat and stir in the sesame oil. Serve immediately.