Celery Stir Fry

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Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

Celery. We take it for granted, don’t we? It adds crunch to potato salads, and flavor to chicken stock and turkey stuffing; it’s ever the bridesmaid, never the bride.

That’s why I was intrigued when I saw a recipe for celery stir-fry in my friend Nancy Hachisu’s Japanese Farm Food cookbook, a simple celery stir-fry with chili infused oil and soy sauce.

Such a simple preparation, and so so good. Try it!

Celery Stir Fry

Celery Stir Fry Recipe

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  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 6 as a side dish

We found the best way to julienne the celery is to slice off the root end and any part of the celery beyond the main stalk. Cut the stalks in thirds, or if they are very long, quarters, and then cut each of those pieces in half lengthwise. This gives you a manageable, flat surface to slice into matchsticks.

Nancy's original recipe calls for using a high quality rapeseed oil (another name for canola oil) and/or light sesame oil. We added a little dark sesame oil at the finish which was just lovely, so you might want to try that too.

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp high quality canola oil, rice bran oil, or other high smoke point cooking oil
  • 3 small dried chile peppers, broken in half (can sub a 1/8 teaspoon of red chili flakes)
  • 4 cups julienned celery (cut into pieces about 2 inches long)
  • 1-2 Tbsp soy sauce (to taste)
  • A few drops of dark sesame oil (optional)

Method

1 Heat the oils and chiles in a wok or frying pan over high heat for 90 seconds, or until the chiles become fragrant and the seeds sizzle.

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2 Add the celery and stir-fry for 3 minutes. Add the soy sauce and stir-fry one more minute. Drizzle with dark sesame oil if using. Serve hot or at room temperature.

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Links:

Stir-Fried Celery with Meat Sauce - from The Wednesday Chef

Chunky Celery Soup - from 101 Cookbooks

Japanese Pickled Celery - from Just Hungry

Creamy Celery Soup - here on Simply Recipes

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  • Swetha

    I sautéed celery with green peppers and onions with the red pepper flakes
    And served it with brown rice …it was delicious

  • Swetha

    Great recipe….totally loved it
    Thanks for sharing

  • Jenn

    Great recipe to work with. I went1/2 soy sauce 1/2 oyster sauce. I diced the celery and made up version. Then I used it as a filling for lettuce wrap sprinkled with hemp seeds :) one of those nights using what I have available.

  • Donovan

    This was really great, thanks for sharing! I modified it slightly and used chili garlic sauce instead of dried peppers and added peanuts – I liked the more balanced flavor and crunch from the peanuts. Also, if I were to make it again, I might go with shorter matchsticks as the longer ones can be difficult to chew.

  • ali

    Thank you for this easy dish! My hub bought celery on sale And we do not eat celery like that! This is definitely a yummy dish for just straight celery, and there is no soapy celery taste. Yum.

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