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Stir-fried romaine with black garlic

Friday, 29 September 2017 22:14:36 -0700


  • Romaine lettuce, hearts 3 (~3/4 lbs)
  • Ginger, chopped fine 1/2 in (1-2 tbsp)
  • Black garlic, chopped fine 4-5 cloves
  • Chicken stock 1/2 cup
  • Salt  
  • High temp cooking oil (canola, peanut)  
Seasoning mixture:
  • Chinese rice wine 1 tbsp
  • Molasses 1/2 tsp
  • Rice wine vinegar 1/2 tsp
  • Salt 1/4 tsp
  • Black pepper one grind
  • No-sodium broth (powder) 1/4 tsp
  1. Wash and dry lettuce leaves.
  2. Cut lettuce into two inch pieces (along vertical axis of leaf)
  3. Preheat wok or large skillet on medium-high burner, then put 1½ tbsp of oil in pan.
  4. Place ginger in pan and saute with constant stirring. Cooks quickly, may turn brown but make sure it doesn't start to burn.
  5. Add black garlic, continue stir-frying for a minute or so.
  6. Put lettuce pieces into pan. Stir constantly, turning frequently so all of the lettuce is exposed to hot oil. After a minute or two, lettuce will begin to become slightly reduced in volume, edges will look more transparent.
  7. Add seasoning mixture to pan, it should rapidly come to boil.
  8. Immediately add chicken stock, stir everything together, reduce heat to medium. Adjust seasoning with "salt" as needed.
  9. Cover pan and let cook for a minute or two. By that time lettuce should be tender but still crispy. Liquid in pan may be minimal at that point which is just fine as long as lettuce isn't too dry. A tablespoon of water or stock may be added if necessary.
  10. Serve immediately.
categories: vegetables, Asian

About Thinair Recipes

Recipes developed specifically for low-sodium diets—so easy to use! Here's a quick guide. Ingredients are in boxes:

  • garlic, chopped 3 cloves

Recipes can have several ingredient boxes showing stuff needed for numbered step-by-step instrucions:

  1. Saute garlic in oil until soft.
  2. Add chicken stock to pan...

Not too complicated!

BTW when "salt" is an ingredient, it refers to KCl or "salt substitute", not NaCl in any form! Ask your doctor if that's OK, KCl may not be healthy for some people.