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Stir-Fried Lettuce

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American, Chinese
Keyword: lettuce other than salad, stir fry lettuce
Servings: 4 people
Author: Patricia Tanumihardja


  • Wok


  • 2 romaine lettuce hearts 14 oz
  • 1 tablespoon mild vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon toasted sesame seeds


  • Trim the romaine lettuce and cut it crosswise into 1-inch (2.5-cm) wide pieces.
  • Pat the lettuce completely dry.
  • Place a wok or medium skillet over medium-high heat for 1 minute.
  • Carefully swirl in the oil.
  • When the oil is shimmering hot but not yet smoking, add the garlic and then toss in the romaine lettuce in batches, stirring after each addition to coat the lettuce with oil before adding the next batch.
  • This should take a total of about 2 minutes.
  • The lettuce will have just begun to wilt.
  • Add the soy sauce and sugar and give it a quick stir to coat the lettuce well.
  • You want the lettuce to be almost tender yet still a little crisp and still bright green.
  • Drizzle the sesame oil over the lettuce and immediately remove it from the heat.
  • Transfer to a bowl and sprinkle with sesame seeds.
  • Serve immediately.