Stir-Fried Iceberg Lettuce Recipe

Stir-Fried Iceberg lettuce

 

When we think of Iceberg lettuce, the first thing that comes to our mind is salad. That is the only way I have been using Iceberg lettuce all along. When I decided to choose Iceberg lettuce for a challenge this time, I wanted to make something different than the salad. That is when I came across the stir-fried lettuce that is pretty popular in Chinese cuisine. 

Stir-Fried Iceberg Lettuce Recipe is a quick one that is ready in under 10 minutes from start to finish. Now that is something I love on weeknight for a side. I took this opportunity to also make a video for the recipe. This is my first recipe that is coming out with a video. 

I am a part of the group called the ‘A-Z Recipe challenge’, wherein a group of bloggers come together and we choose key ingredients alphabetically to cook and post a dish every alternate month. This event was initiated by  Jolly Makkar and Vidya Narayan. This month the challenge is to choose an ingredient staring with the letter ‘I’ and making a dish out of it. ‘I’ is a tricky alphabet and we had to choose an ingredient starting with the specific alphabet. Iceberg lettuce is the ingredient that I chose to make for the theme this month. 

How to make Stir-Fried Iceberg lettuce

The Stir-Fried Iceberg Lettuce Recipe uses basic ingredients used in any Chinese recipe. I have used Vegetarian Oyster sauce which makes the sauce very flavorful. This sauce is made with mushroom and gives the recipe a deep flavor. One thing that we need to keep in mind when making this recipe is that it comes together very quickly. The whole recipe is ready in under 5 minutes. Use a pan that can maintain high heat when cooking. A wok or a cast iron will work great. 

Stir fried Iceberg lettuce

Preparation time – 10 minutes
Cooking time – 5 minutes
Difficulty level – Easy

Ingredients to make Stir-Fried Iceberg Lettuce – Serves 2

  • Iceberg lettuce – 1/2 head
  • Cooking oil – 2 tsp
  • Ginger – 1 tsp (minced)
  • Garlic – 1 tsp (minced)
  • Soy Sauce – 2 tsp
  • Apple cider vinegar – 1 tsp
  • Vegetarian Oyster Sauce – 1/2 tsp
  • Toasted sesame oil – 1/2 tsp
  • Red chili flakes – 1/2 tsp
  • Black pepper powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Sugar – 1/2 tsp

Procedure to make Stir-Fried Iceberg Lettuce – 

To make the sauce – 

  • In a small bowl, combine the soy sauce, apple cider vinegar, sesame oil, Vegetarian oyster sauce, Red chili flakes, pepper powder and sugar. 
  • Use a small whisk and mix the ingredients to combine.

How to make stir fry sauce

To make the Stir Fry – 

  • Clean the iceberg lettuce by removing the outer leaves that appear wilted or discolored.
  • Knock the lettuce down on the counter couple of times. This helps to loosen the core and it is easy to just pull the center core and remove it. 
  • Tear the lettuce into large pieces with your hand. I used half a head to serve 2 people. 
  • Wash the lettuce and make sure you dry it well before using it in the stir-fry recipe. 
  • In a wok or a cast iron, heat the oil. 
  • Add the minced ginger and and let it fry for 10 seconds.

Frying the ginger

  • Next add the garlic and let it fry for 10 more seconds. 

Frying ginger and garlic

  • Now add the iceberg lettuce and mix well. Cook it in high heat for about 30 seconds stirring constantly.

Cooking Iceberg lettuce

  • Now add the prepared sauce and mix to combine. Cook for about 15 to 30 seconds or until the lettuce is slightly wilted but still has a bit of crunch to it. Don’t make it too soft and make sure that the iceberg lettuce still has some crunch to it. 

Adding sauce to lettuce stir fry

  • Serve warm. 

Iceberg lettuce stir fry

 

Iceberg lettuce stir-fry

Stir-fried iceberg lettuce
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Stir-Fried Iceberg Lettuce

Course Side Dish
Cuisine Asian
Keyword How to make Stir fried lettuce, How to make Stir fry, Iceberg lettuce Stir fry, Lettuce side dish, Lettuce stir fry recipe, Stir fry Recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 2 People
Author Sandhya Ramakrishnan

Ingredients

  • 1/2 head Iceberg lettuce
  • 2 tsp Cooking oil
  • 1 tsp Ginger minced
  • 1 tsp Garlic minced
  • 2 tsp Soy Sauce
  • 1 tsp Apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp Vegetarian Oyster Sauce
  • 1/2 tsp Toasted sesame oil
  • 1/2 tsp Red chili flakes
  • 1/4 tsp Black pepper powder
  • 1/2 tsp Sugar

Instructions

To make the sauce -

  1. In a small bowl, combine the soy sauce, apple cider vinegar, sesame oil, Vegetarian oyster sauce, Red chili flakes, pepper powder and sugar.
  2. Use a small whisk and mix the ingredients to combine.

To make the Stir Fry -

  1. Clean the iceberg lettuce by removing the outer leaves that appear wilted or discolored.
  2. Knock the lettuce down on the counter couple of times. This helps to loosen the core and it is easy to just pull the center core and remove it.
  3. Tear the lettuce into large pieces with your hand. I used half a head to serve 2 people.
  4. Wash the lettuce and make sure you dry it well before using it in the stir-fry recipe.
  5. In a wok or a cast iron, heat the oil.
  6. Add the minced ginger and and let it fry for 10 seconds.
  7. Next add the garlic and let it fry for 10 more seconds.
  8. Now add the iceberg lettuce and mix well. Cook it in high heat for about 30 seconds stirring constantly.
  9. Now add the prepared sauce and mix to combine. Cook for about 15 to 30 seconds or until the lettuce is slightly wilted but still has a bit of crunch to it. Don't make it too soft and make sure that the iceberg lettuce still has some crunch to it.
  10. Serve warm.

19 thoughts on “Stir-Fried Iceberg Lettuce Recipe

  1. Wow, this looks lovely! Very innovative – I don’t think I’ve seen lettuce being used in a stir-fry before! 🙂

    I’m intrigued by the use of vegetarian oyster sauce. Is it commonly available in India?

  2. 5 stars
    Loving this quick and easy stir fry. I bring Iceberg lettuce often and yes the only thing that comes in mind is salad with it. Would love to enjoy it in such a flavourful and delicious way.

  3. 5 stars
    The only way I’ve enjoyed iceberg lettuce is in salads. I would have never thought of making a stir fry with the tender leaves. Must say the dish looks so tempting. I guess you would have to enjoy stir fried lettuce as soon as you cook it.

  4. 5 stars
    I’ve been using iceberg lettuce as is for so long that I have never thought of actually cooking it. This is as easy as it is fun, so I should get a big batch of lettuce this weekend and cook it like a pro – thank you!

    1. Iceberg lettuce is one of my favorite green and if i will get it as a delicious stir fry then I think it is icing on a cake. Amazing recipe which has made humble lettuce a rock star. Awesome share👍

  5. 5 stars
    I knew only of salads with iceberg lettuce must say that this stir fry will taste great too with the little that is always leftover after the salad. Will love to try making it.

  6. Sandhya,this recipe is So different from mine yet I can feel the flavours right up here. I will surely try your version as well coz i really love the dish a lot

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