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Asian Style Winter Greens

Asian Style Winter Greens

It’s January, it’s the new year and if you resolved to eat more leafy greens, this recipe is for you (and for those of us who need to get out of a “green rut.”)

Don’t get wrong, I do like hearty greens but pretty early into winter, I get a bit tired of my same old preparation of them, either sautéed with olive oil and garlic or simply marinated in a spice-infused oil (like this Raw Kale Salad with Pistachios.)

And don’t get me started on salad ruts (I eat the same one for a week and then can’t even look at a head of lettuce for the rest of the month. True dietitian confession.)

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I came up with these Asian Style Winter Greens to switch up my routine after getting ahold of some spicy mustard greens and a bunch of collards. It’s a simple preparation but bursting with Asian flavors – soy sauce, oyster sauce, garlic, fresh ginger, rice vinegar and sesame seeds. Cooking Light also is featuring mustard greens this month on their Simmer & Boil blog (perhaps the new green of 2013, replacing the trendy kale?)

In addition to mustard greens and collards, you can use any type of greens (hearty or delicate) for this recipe like kale, spinach, Swiss chard, bok choy, arugula…even Romaine lettuce!)

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Asian Style Winter Greens

  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2-inch piece ginger, peeled and minced
  • 1 big bunch of greens, such as collards, kale, Swiss chard, bok choy, spinach or arugula, washed with water still clinging and chopped
  • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
  • 2 teaspoons low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds (optional)


  1. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium high heat. Add garlic and ginger; sauté for 30 seconds stiring constantly so they don’t burn.
  2. Add greens and sauté until wilted, 5 – 10 minutes (delicate greens will cook in a shorter amount of time vs. heartier greens.)
  3. While greens cook, whisk together oyster sauce, soy sauce, vinegar and sugar in small bowl.
  4. Add sauce to greens and cook another 2 minutes. Remove from heat.
  5. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve.

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With my last batch, I paired my greens with brown rice and spicy shrimp – which got me out of my winter rut…at least for a little while.

Did you resolve to eat more leafy greens this year? What are you favorite greens at the moment? How do you like to cook them?

Farmer Mike

Thursday 14th of November 2013

I eat Asian greens regularly at Asian restaurants. I also do some Asian cooking at home, but never greens. Last evening at the store, I bought a bag of greens and said I'm going to search for a recipe to do these "Asian style." Found your suggested recipe and it's going to be my first attempt...all the seasoning ingredients are right up my alley so I know this is going to be a keeper. Thanks for making my search easy!

Deanna Segrave-Daly

Thursday 14th of November 2013

Thank for you comment and do let me know if you try it!


Monday 11th of February 2013

Great greens all year 'round! But super in the winter...I like to saute any green (including the tops of those beets) with just a bit of olive oil and garlic; splash in some broth, cover and quick-braise. Stir in white beans (great northern? cannellini? whatever), sprinkle with crushed red pepper and some crunchy bread crumbs. Got dried tomatoes? stir those in too (rehydrated). Red/yellow peppers? saute those along with greens, oh and some onion...always pretty. Irresistible topped with shavings of Parmigiano....


Monday 11th of February 2013

Yum, yum, yum! Who wouldn't crave greens after reading your cooking tips!


Sunday 13th of January 2013

Winter? The photo looks like it was made on a topical island! This is going on the menu this week.


Monday 14th of January 2013

Ahh, I will dream that we are on that tropical island together drinking margaritas (and probably not eating collards.)

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