Thai Sauteed Greens With Chili and Garlic

READY IN: 30mins
Recipe by hannahactually

By Julie O'Hara for NPR. Can use Chinese flowering cabbage, spinach or Swiss chard.

Top Review by Leggy Peggy

A nice recipe that is very easy to bring together. I made as written, but wish I'd cut the cooking time. My garlic was fully browned within 2 minutes, so 20-30 seconds would have been plenty. I think the leaves and my thinly sliced tender stems would have been done within 3 minutes. The balance of flavours is good. Thanks for posting.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 2 tablespoons peanut oil or 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 3 -4 medium garlic cloves, thinly sliced (about 2 tablespoons)
  • 1 lb leafy greens, thick stems removed and large leaves roughly chopped
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons fish sauce
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • coarse salt & freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 small hot red chili peppers, thinly sliced and seeded if desired


  1. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook, stirring constantly, for 2 minutes. Add a few handfuls of the greens, allow them to wilt slightly, then add more greens in the same manner. Toss well to coat with oil.
  2. Add the soy sauce, fish sauce and sugar; toss to combine.
  3. Raise the heat to medium-high and cook until the water released by the greens mostly evaporates, about 5 minutes. The greens are done when a little liquid still clings to the leaves and the stems are tender. Season with salt and black pepper to taste, sprinkle with chilies and serve.

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