Flash-Cooked Greens with Garlic

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 2 mins

This is a simple, delicious, healthy recipe that I adapted from one of my favorite cookbooks; A Spoonful of Ginger by Nina Simonds.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Tear the stems from the spinach.
  2. If using other greens, cut away the tough ends.
  3. Toss the greens in a colander and rinse thoroughly under cold running water.
  4. Drain and place in a bowl near the stove.
  5. Heat a wok or a skillet, add the oil, and heat until near smoking.
  6. Add the greens and garlic and toss lightly with a spatula for about 20 seconds, then add the rice wine and salt and toss lightly over high heat about 1 minute or less, until the greens are slightly wilted but still bright green.
  7. Scoop out the greens and garlic, leaving most of the liquid, and arrange on a serving platter.
  8. Serve hot, at room temperature, or cold.


Most Helpful

I loved the rice vinegar and the garlic. I struggled w/ the instructions regarding how hot the pan should be. I will make again.

newtocookingm&m March 04, 2012

A wonderfully healthy and simple way to cook greens for a side dish that really would complement any meal. I cooked them in a wok and used bok choy and baby spinach leaves, and since I didn’t have any rice wine or saki I used dry white wine (not quite Asian, but it was the best I could do). I also used less salt, probably about a ¼ teaspoon, and I added a handful of toasted pine nuts right at the end, after the greens had been transferred to a serving plate. Then for a real cross-cultural mix (explicable only by the fact that the Zaar Tour is currently visiting Asia and Scandinavia, simultaneously), I served these fabulous and flavoursome greens with steamed rice and with Amis’ decadently delicious and very creamy Finnish Baked Mushrooms Recipe #137152. Well, it might sound like an odd mix, but it worked! And it was certainly better that I hadn’t used saki or rice wine. Hey Jude, I’ll be making this recipe again. Everyone loved it!

bluemoon downunder September 21, 2005

I liked how fresh the greens tasted, but I think I would have preferred soy sauce to plain salt. I used an Asian green I bought at the farmers' market - I think the lady called it something like "yau choy."

Nose September 11, 2005

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