Chinese Water Spinach Stir Fry

Healthy Chinese style green vegetables stir fry—water spinach and edible amaranth.

Water spinach is a common summer green vegetables here. If you are familiar with Chinese style food planning and preparing, you may noticed that we promote a balance diet. My summer meal plan is one meat dish (fish, chicken, pork, beef and lamb) + one salad or vegetarian dish + one green vegetable stir fry + soup in winter or cool drink in summer. We eat water spinach twice per week because I love it but my husband loves edible amaranth.

Mine

Chinese Water Spinach Stir Fry

Chinese Water Spinach Stir Fry

 His

edible amaranth

edible amaranth stir fry

There are two ways of stir fry a Chinese style green vegetable: For leave vegetables without strong stem, wee stir fry directly while for vegetables with stem, the vegetable is rinsed in boiling water firstly.

A qualified water spinach stir frying dish usually keeps the fresh green color and crispy taste. High fire is the most important factor.

Heat up the wok firstly and then add oil, sliced garlic, and chili pepper sections to heat until there are waves on the surface. Just like the picture below.

Chinese Water Spinach Stir Fry

Place the water spinach followed with salt immediately. For quick stir fry recipes, I would recommend using chop stickers. They are more flexible. Toss the water spinach quickly; keep the whole process within 1 minute.

Chinese Water Spinach Stir Fry

Measure your wok firstly. If it is not large enough, I would recommend stir fry by bathes. Larger amount will make the stir fry process longer, further spoil the green color.

Chinese Water Spinach Stir Fry

Chinese Water Spinach Stir Fry
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Serve: 2

Chinese Water Spinach Stir Fry, Healthy vegetable stir fry

Ingredients

  • 3 cups of water spinach, picked and divided
  • 2 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 2 dried chili peppers cut into small sections;
  • 2 tablespoons cooking oil

Instructions

  1. Heat up the wok and then add oil, sliced garlic and chili pepper sections to heat until there are waves on the surface.
  2. Place the water spinach followed with salt immediately. For quick stir fry recipes, I would recommend using chop stickers. They are more flexible. Toss the water spinach quickly; keep the whole process within 1 minute.
  3. Transfer out and serve immediately.

Notes

Try to eat the vegetables within 15 minutes; otherwise, both color and taste will be destroyed.

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  1. says

    I always wondered what goes into a simple Chinese vegetable stir fry. I tried googling it once and came up with gazillions of useless hits. This is wonderful. This is exactly what I was looking for. I often make an Asian meat dish then scrabble around at the last minute for a side dish, I don’t know many Chinese side dishes that are easy to make for mid week meals. This is super! Thank you!

    • Elaine Luo says

      Hi Nagi,
      This is an ideal side dish for me. Stir frying one vegetable dish is a must for me because of the nutrition balance. Glad to know that it helps and you like this too.

    • Elaine Luo says

      Hi Julia, stir frying green vegetables with garlic and chili peppers is kind of childhood memory to me. Thanks for your sweet comment.

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