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!
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Celery Stir Fry
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.
Recipe adapted from Nancy Hachisu's Japanese Farm Food.
2 tablespoons high-quality canola oil, rice bran oil, or other cooking oil
3 small dried chile peppers, broken in half (can sub 1/8 teaspoon of red chili flakes)
4 cups julienned celery (cut into pieces about 2 inches long)
1 to 2 tablespoons soy sauce (to taste)
2 to 3 drops dark sesame oil (optional)
Heat the oil and chiles:
Heat the oil and chiles in a wok or frying pan over high heat for 90 seconds, or until the chiles become fragrant and the seeds sizzle.
Add the celery, soy, soy sauce, and optional sesame oil:
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.
|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 5g||6%|
|Saturated Fat 0g||2%|
|Total Carbohydrate 3g||1%|
|Dietary Fiber 1g||5%|
|Total Sugars 1g|
|Vitamin C 2mg||11%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|