Asian- Inspired Mustard Greens

Asian- Inspired Mustard Greens

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds (Optional)
  • 1 teaspoon Asian (toasted) sesame oil
  • 6 cups washed and chopped mustard greens
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic, or to taste
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons Japanese rice wine (mirin) vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sake (Optional)
  • 1 teaspoon white sugar

Directions

  1. Place the sesame seeds into a large skillet over medium heat, and cook and stir constantly until the seeds are toasted golden brown and make a continuous crackling noise, 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer the seeds immediately to a bowl to stop the cooking process. Set seeds aside.
  2. Place sesame oil in the hot skillet, and heat until it just begins to smoke (this should happen very fast). Place mustard greens into the hot oil, and pour in water. With a spatula, gently toss the greens until they are wilted and reduced in quantity, about 2 minutes. Mix in garlic, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, sake, and sugar.
  3. Bring the mixture to a boil, stir until the sugar has dissolved, and cover the skillet. Reduce heat to a simmer, and cook until the greens are tender, 10 to 15 minutes. If a thicker sauce is desired, remove greens with a slotted spoon, and cook the liquid down to desired thickness; return greens to the skillet, toss in the pan juices and sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds.

Tips

Cook’s Note

Mirin vinegar is mild. Another mild vinegar (apple cider vinegar is great) can be substituted, but may slightly affect the flavor. Sake is rice wine. There are cooking varieties, but table sake works just as well in this. Sherry is a common substitute, but any not-too-grapey white-to-blush wine will work as well in this. If desired, minced ginger and/or red pepper flakes can be added to the garlic. I don’t care for ginger, but I’m assured it’s delicious in this.

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