Kick up the heat with our spicy stir-fried tatsoi, a flavorful twist on a classic dish. The tender tatsoi leaves absorb the bold spices and aromatics, creating a mouthwatering symphony of flavors with each bite. Whether served as a zesty side or a hearty main course, this dish is sure to excite your taste buds and add a delicious kick to your meal.

Spicy Stir-Fried Tatsoi

Add some zing to your spring meals with Spicy Stir-Fried Tatsoi, a tantalizing dish featuring tender tatsoi greens stir-fried to perfection with a fiery blend of spices. This vibrant and nutritious dish offers a delightful kick, making it a flavorful addition to any seasonal spread.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Course Salad
Servings 4 servings


  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp whole cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp freshly diced fresh ginger
  • 1 small clove garlic sliced
  • 1 Serrano pepper seeds removed, pepper finely diced
  • 1 medium shallot thinly sliced
  • 4-6 small carrots julienned
  • 1/2 lemon juice and zest of, juice divided
  • 1 small head of tatsoi leaves and stems
  • 2 Tbsp shredded basil leaves
  • Sea salt
  • Water as needed


  • Heat the oil in a wok over a medium high flare. Add the cumin, and let sizzle for 30 seconds or until the cumin darkens. Add the ginger, garlic and Serrano chili. Cook stirring until garlic starts to color. Add shallots cook stirring 2-3 minutes.
  • Add the carrots. Sprinkle with salt. Stir-fry for 2-3 minutes. Add lemon zest and 1/2 the lemon juice. When it evaporates add 2 Tbsp water. Cook stirring over high heat until the water has almost gone and the carrots have softened, about 5 minutes.
  • Add the tatsoi. Mix into the veggies. Stir-fry for about 2 minutes, then add another tablespoon of water. This will create steam. Cover the wok and lower heat to medium. Cook 1-2 minutes or until the tatsoi stems begin to soften.
  • Remove the lid, raise the heat to medium, and stir-fry until any liquid has evaporated. Add the remaining lemon juice and the basil leaves. Cook 1 minute. Serve immediately.


This recipe was originally published by the Cook For Your Life blog.
This favorite recipe was contributed by a Backyard Eats client! She encourages home cooks to substitute ingredients as needed based their lifestyle or what's growing fresh in their garden.

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