Sautéed Pea Shoots

February 24, 2023

A staple in Chinese restaurants with homestyle dishes, these sautéed pea shoots only take a few minutes to sauté and are incredibly nutritious. Slightly garlicky and perfectly seasoned, we love to eat pea shoots with steamed white rice and hearty meat dishes like soy sauce braised ribs.



Local Roots pea shoots
½ tbsp neutral oil
3-5 cloves of garlic
½ tsp salt
1 dash white pepper



  1. Wash the pea shoots over a colander or strainer. Peel and thinly slice the cloves of garlic.
  2. In a saucepan on medium heat, add ½ tbsp of neutral oil and allow to warm, then add in the thinly sliced garlic. Cook the garlic until fragrant and slightly translucent, but not browning.
  3. Sprinkle ½ tsp salt over the garlic and oil, then toss in the pea shoots. Stir frequently, ensuring that the pea shoots are evenly dispersed with the garlic slices.
  4. Add in 1-2 dashes of white pepper for flavor and umami and stir once more. Remove the pea shoots from the heat when they begin to wilt and look tender, but still retain their bright green color. Serve!


This recipe was created by Local Roots contributor Irena Huang / @irena__huang

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