Sauteed Pea Sprouts

Posted by on April 15, 2010 in Blog, Chinese Cuisine Favorites, Vegetables & Vegetarian | 2 comments

 

Sauteed pea sprouts always seemed foreign to me.  It’s a dish that I love, but one that I’d only eat if I ordered it at a Chinese restaurant.  It turns out pea sprouts are really easy to cook and enjoy at home.

A few months ago we went to visit bebe E’s paternal grandparents on a day when my mother-in-law, whom we refer to as “Yin Yin” (paternal grandmother in Chinese), made pea sprouts.  How lucky for us (me)!

I asked her how she prepares her pea sprouts. The sprouts need only cook for a few minutes and the recipe is very simple and can be used to cook other vegetables too.

This week, I finally got around to picking-up some pea sprouts at the local Korean supermarket, H-Mart, for about $2.30 for an 8 oz package, and made my first batch of sauteed pea sprouts.  Yum!

Yin Yin’s Sauteed Pea Sprouts

  • 1 8 oz package of pea sprouts
  • 3 – 4 garlic cloves
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 package Trader Joe’s chicken flavor broth (use vegetable broth for vegetarian option)
  • 1 teaspoon peanut oil (or other oil)
  • Dash of salt (optional)

Wash pea sprouts and drain really well.

Heat peanut oil on medium high heat in a large pan.  Yin Yin says that peanut oil is more commonly used in Chinese cooking.

COOKING TIP:  Some of the good cooking oils which are low in saturated fats and trans fats are canola oil, olive oil, peanut oil, safflower oil, sunflower oil, corn oil, and flaxseed oil.

Chop garlic into thirds.  Cooking with large garlic pieces minimizes the intensity of the garlic.  If you prefer a really mild garlic flavor, don’t bother to chop it at all.  But if you prefer intense garlic flavor, chop finely, or use a garlic press.  Add garlic to the pan and allow this to cook for about 1 minute to flavor the oil, but don’t let it burn or else your sprouts will taste bitter.

Add pea sprouts to pan.  I cooked the whole package.  While it seems like a lot of sprouts, they shrink quite a bit.  Three of us were able to eat all of it.

Dilute 1 package of Trader Joe’s broth in 1/4 cup water and pour over pea sprouts.  I use the chicken flavor broth, but they also have vegetable if you’re looking for a vegetarian option.

Toss sprouts and cook for 3 minutes.  Remove from heat immediately and serve.

If you’re looking for a quick and easy dinner, try serving the sauteed pea sprouts with some pre-made char siu (Chinese BBQ pork).  I bought 1 1/2 pounds at the deli inside the 99-Ranch supermarket.  Their char siu is more tender, moist and flavorful than that which is offered at some of the nearby Chinese restaurants.

I served some of it with the sauteed pea sprouts and brown rice for a quick and easy dinner.  The rest of the char siu I froze so that I can make fried rice or yakisoba (pan-fried noodles) on another night I need a quick and easy dinner.

One of these days I’ll try making homemade char siu and share this with you.

Enjoy the sprouts!

Judy | bebe mama

Sauteed Pea Sprouts
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Recipe type: Side Dish
 
Ingredients
  • 1 8 oz package of pea sprouts
  • 3 – 4 garlic cloves
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 package Trader Joe’s chicken flavor broth (use vegetable broth for vegetarian option)
  • 1 teaspoon canola oil (or peanut oil)
  • Dash of salt (optional)
Instructions
  1. Wash pea sprouts and drain really well.
  2. Heat canola oil on medium high heat in a large pan.
  3. Chop garlic into thirds.  Cooking with large garlic pieces minimizes the intensity of the garlic.  If you prefer a really mild garlic flavor, don’t bother to chop it at all.  But if you prefer intense garlic flavor, chop finely, or use a garlic press.  Add garlic to the pan and allow this to cook for about 1 minute to flavor the oil, but don’t let it burn or else your sprouts will taste bitter.
  4. Add pea sprouts to pan.
  5. Dilute 1 package of Trader Joe’s broth in ¼ cup water and pour over pea sprouts.  I use the chicken flavor broth, but they also have vegetable if you’re looking for a vegetarian option.
  6. Toss sprouts and cook for 3 minutes.
  7. Season with salt, optional.
  8. Remove from heat immediately and serve.

2 Comments

  1. avatar

    I just made these too! They’re sooooooo yummy!

    • avatar

      Thanks for visiting my site! :)

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