Monday, June 17, 2013

Stir-Fried Dandelion Greens (serves 2 as part of a shared meal)

My husband and I were weeding in our garden and after all the recent rain the dandelions seemed to be doing amazingly well.  We harvested all the dandelion greens from the garden which yielded about 8 ounces.  I was happy that we got to eat this weed for once!  Dandelion greens are very nutritious but can be very bitter for some people.  If you want to take some of the bitterness out just parboil them first and then stir-fry.  In this recipe I did not boil them since I like the bitterness and parboiling will remove most of the nutrients.  Adjust less cooking time if you are going to parboil them prior to stir-frying or cooking.  I like eating a little of the cooked greens with some meat and rice, this helped balance out the bitterness.

Stir-Fried Dandelion Greens (serves 2 as part of a shared meal)


8 oz young dandelion greens, washed well and drained
3 Tbsp vegetable oil
2 garlic cloves, smashed and chopped
1 Tbsp julienned ginger
1 Tbsp oyster sauce
1 tsp seasame oil
1/2 tsp sugar


1)  Heat 2 Tbsp of vegetable oil in a large pan or wok over medium heat.  Once the pan is hot add the garlic and ginger.  Saute for about 30 seconds to 1 minute.
2) Add the dandelion greens.  Cover the pan for about 2 minutes.  Stir the greens a few times.
3) Uncover and stir until the greens have wilted.  This may take another 3 minutes.  Add 1 Tbsp of vegetable oil to the pan if the pan gets too dry.
4) Once the greens have wilted add sugar and oyster sauce.  Cook for another 1 minute.  Add sesame oil, stir and remove the pan or wok from heat.

*I found an interesting reference on dandelion from the University of Maryland Medical Center, Complementary Medicine.  If you are interested in eating dandelion you may want to check out the precautions, possible interactions with some medicine, and discuss with your health care provider first.
*If you are foraging the dandelion in the wilderness make sure you collect them far away from those that have been sprayed by pesticides.
*If you don't have a taste for bitter food then this dish is guaranteed to taste terrible!!  

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