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Stir-Fry Class: Hot Edamame

April 03, 2002|JET TILA | SPECIAL TO THE TIMES

Edamame, or fresh soybeans, are often served at Japanese restaurants. But they're also easy to fix at home in a stir-fry.

Specialty markets and well-stocked supermarkets sell edamame in the frozen food aisle. Usually the soybeans are in the pod, to be steamed or boiled before serving. Look for shelled edamame, if you can find them, to save time. But if you can't, it doesn't take long to pop the beans from the pods.

Use vegetarian oyster sauce and water (in place of the broth) for a vegetarian dish, or make the stir-fry a little meatier by adding a handful of cooked shrimp or scallops. Vegetarian oyster sauce can be found at Asian grocery stores.

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Edamame Stir-Fry

Active Work and Total Preparation Time: 20 minutes * Vegetarian

2 tablespoons oil

2 cloves garlic, crushed

1 1/2 cups frozen, shelled edamame

1/2 cup snow peas, stem-ends trimmed and strings removed

2 cups nappa cabbage, cut into 3x2-inch strips

2 tablespoons water or chicken stock

1/4 cup vegetarian oyster sauce or regular oyster sauce

2 tablespoons soy sauce

Dash white pepper

Cooked white or brown rice, for serving

Heat a skillet over high heat and add the oil. Wait until a wisp of white smoke appears, then add the garlic and cook, stirring, until light brown, about 20 seconds.

Stir in the edamame, snow peas and cabbage and reduce the heat to medium. Add the water or chicken stock and cook, covered, for 30 seconds.

Stir in the oyster sauce and soy sauce, making sure to coat all the vegetables well, and cook for about 30 seconds. Once the vegetables are cooked through but still crisp, 4 to 5 minutes, add the white pepper. Taste and adjust the seasonings if necessary. Serve it with rice.

2 servings. Each serving: 359 calories; 1252 mg sodium; 0 mg cholesterol; 23 grams fat; 2 grams saturated fat; 23 grams carbohydrates; 21 grams protein; 9.41 gram fiber.

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MENU

Edamame Stir-Fry

Steamed Rice

Fresh Fruit and Cookies

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SHOPPING LIST

Cookies

Fresh fruit

Shelled edamame

Snow peas

Nappa cabbage

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STAPLES

Chicken stock

Garlic

Oil

Vegetarian oyster sauce or oyster sauce

Rice

Soy sauce

White pepper

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GAME PLAN

25 minutes before: Start rice. Crush garlic, trim snow peas, cut up cabbage. Remove soybeans from pod if using whole pods.

10 minutes before: Heat oil, start stir-fry.

Just before serving: Fluff rice.

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