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Lettuce Stir Fry with Onions

Lettuce Stir Fry with Onions

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Have you ever had Lettuce Stir Fry? It is a very tasty and crunchy vegetable when stir fried just right, and with the addition of smashed garlic and crunchy onions? What a delicious veggie side dish – easy to make too!

Types of Lettuce

First things first, there are many types of lettuce, and in this recipe, I used butter lettuce – but you can also make this with Romaine Lettuce. Here are 4 popular lettuce types:

Iceberg Lettuce (aka Crisphead)

Iceberg lettuce is actually the most popular/commonly used lettuce in the US. It has a very mild taste, but is super crunchy, and so it is often times used in dishes that have more strong flavors such as in a salad with lots of thick dressing, on a burger, or chopped up and sprinkled on tacos and enchiladas and such.

While it’s the most popular and commonly used, it’s actually not my favorite lettuce, as it doesn’t have a lot of flavor and nutritional content. I personally feel like it’s just crunchy water – which has a time a place, but it’s not my favorite for stir frying in this recipe.

Romaine Lettuce

Romaine lettuce is also a crunchy lettuce, but with long upright heads with firm ribs down their centers. This lettuce is most often times used in salads and sandwiches, but it can also be used as a wrap or grilled.

You can stir fry this lettuce also! I switch between stir frying romaine lettuce and butter lettuce for this recipe.

Butter Lettuce (aka Butterhead lettuce)

Butter lettuce actually has several names! It is also known as Boston lettuce, Bibb Lettuce, and Round Lettuce. It’s easy to see why it would called Round lettuce as it is shaped like a ball. Technically Boston and Bibb are 2 varieties of Butter Lettuce, but they’re very similar.

This type of lettuce has tender leaves that has a bit more loose leaves than romaine lettuce, and it has a slightly sweeter flavor and more tender texture.

Their round shape makes them perfect for wraps – you can use them like they were tortillas. They’re also great in sandwiches, and I actually like stir frying them too (like in this recipe!)

Looseleaf Lettuce (Aka Leaf lettuce)

Looseleaf lettuce has loosely bunched leaves and is mild and sweet. This lettuce is often times used for salads, and is actually a favorite among gardeners as it is easy to grow and the leaves can be easily picked off for your favorite salad any time!

You could stir fry this lettuce, but it will come out differently than your crunchier lettuce like butter lettuce and romaine lettuce.

These are just four of the more commonly used lettuce, there’s actually plenty more types of lettuce!

How to make stir fry lettuce?

First gather your ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp cooking oil
  • 4 cloves of garlic, smashed
  • 1/2 white onion, sliced
  • 1/2 lb of lettuce
  • Salt, as desired.

Wash and dry lettuce. Tear or cut larger pieces to smaller pieces.

In a wok or cooking pan, heat up cooking oil on high heat. Add garlic and white onion and stir fry for about a minute.

Add in the butter head lettuce and stir fry for about 2 minutes or until the lettuce is just tender and still bright green.

Remove from heat and serve!

Lettuce Stir Fry with Onions

Lettuce Stir Fry with Onions

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp cooking oil
  • 4 cloves of garlic, smashed
  • 1/2 white onion, sliced
  • 1/2 lb of lettuce,
  • Salt, as desired.

Instructions

    1. Wash and dry lettuce. Tear or cut larger pieces to smaller pieces.
    2. In a wok or cooking pan, heat up cooking oil on high heat. Add garlic and white onion and stir fry for about a minute.
    3. Add in the butter head lettuce and stir fry for about 2 minutes or until the lettuce is just tender and still bright green.
    4. Remove from heat and serve!

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 105Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 312mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 4gSugar: 3gProtein: 2g

The nutrition information for this recipe is an approximate total per serving. Please double check the nutrition information for your exact ingredients and brands for more precise nutrition information.

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Duncan Edwards

Wednesday 17th of November 2021

What a delightful experience, well done and thank you :)

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