Recipe: Garlic Asian Greens

The recipe for these garlic asian greens is probably the simplest I have ever shared here on I Spy Plum Pie, but they are mighty delicious. I whip them up all the time as a side dish to go with rice and something like grilled tofu, steamed dumplings or the recipe I shared last week, miso eggplant. They take no time at all to whip up and are a tasty way to up your leafy green vegetable uptake.

As the name suggests, they are heavy on the garlic, so maybe don’t wolf down a pile of these before heading out on a date, but other than that you should be good to go!

Garlic Asian Greens | I Spy Plum Pie

Ingredients List

  • Bunch of asian greens
  • 4-6 cloves of garlic
  • 2tbs peanut oil
  • 1tbs sesame oil
  • 2tbs soy sauce


  1. Rinse the greens under cold water then pat dry
  2. Chop into medium sized pieces
  3. For hardy greens, blanch quickly in boiling water then run under cold water and drain
  4. Roughly chop the garlic into small pieces and set aside
  5. Heat the oil in a large fry pan or wok until glistening, add the garlic and cook for 1 minute
  6. Add the soy sauce and stir to combine then add the greens and stir to coat in the sauce
  7. Stir fry for 2-3 minutes, until just cooked but still crisp and bright green
  8. Serve immediately, drizzling over any remaining sauce from the pan
  9. Enjoy!

Garlic Asian Greens | I Spy Plum Pie

You can use all kinds of Asian greens in this, I tend to gravitate towards choi sum or chinese broccoli (aka kai lan), but bok choi and the like all work really well too. That’s one of my favourite things about this recipe! These kinds of veggies don’t tend to last long in the fridge, so make sure you’re buying them fresh for the best flavour and to ensure they don’t lose their crispness.

So garlicky, so delicious and on the table in absolutely no time at all. Is there anything better from a side dish!?

Garlic Asian Greens | I Spy Plum Pie

Garlic Asian Greens | I Spy Plum Pie

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5 Comments on Recipe: Garlic Asian Greens

  1. merilyn
    January 25, 2016 at 7:34 am (8 years ago)

    one word! … delicious! … thanks liz!
    I love any leafy greens like that!
    have a good one hun! love m:)X

    • I Spy Plum Pie (admin)
      January 26, 2016 at 10:45 am (8 years ago)

      Leafy greens are such a great addition to any meal in my books!

  2. Lisa | Chocolate Meets Strawberry
    January 26, 2016 at 6:28 am (8 years ago)

    What a fantastic side dish, Liz! I’ve pinned these to make later. I absolutely love Asian greens with soy sauce and garlic, and yours look so fresh and vibrant, not wilted and dead as they can sometimes be at restaurants!
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    • I Spy Plum Pie (admin)
      January 26, 2016 at 10:49 am (8 years ago)

      Thanks Lisa, I hope you love them when you make them!

  3. Hari Dhameliya
    July 4, 2020 at 2:37 pm (4 years ago)

    What a great assortment of sides! I love almost anything asian and am
    always looking to incorporate it in my meals. Can’t wait to try them!


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