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Chinese Stir Fried Pea Shoots Recipe

The key to this dish is not to let the pea shoots overcook. Once the shoots begin to wilt, it is almost done! The beauty of this dish is the limited ingredients - let the delicate pea shoots flavor be the star.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 4


  • 1 pound pea shoots
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon Chinese rice wine (or dry sherry) - optional
  • 1/2 teaspoon roasted sesame oil
  • Neutral flavored cooking oil (like canola or vegetable oil)


  • In a wok or large saute pan, add in the garlic. Pour in about 1 1/2 tablespoons of the cooking oil. Turn heat to medium-low and let the garlic heat up slowly, infusing its flavor and fragrance into the cooking oil. Take care not to let the garlic burn - control the heat so that the oil is slightly shimmering and aromatic.
  • Turn the heat to high. Add in the pea shoots, you'll probably have to add them in a couple of batches. Quickly, use your tongs to turn over the pea shoots around in the fragrant oil. Get that garlicky oil all over the shoots!
  • Add in the sugar and the salt. Again, use your tongs to flip, stir, turn the pea shoots. Within a minute or so, the shoots will begin wilting and cooking. Once the shoots begin wilting, the dish is almost done. Don't overcook the delicate shoots. Turn off the heat, pour in the cooking wine and the sesame oil. Toss and serve.
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