Stir-Fried Lettuces with Crispy Shallots

Serving Size: 4
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Iceberg lettuce and watercress stir-fry in a flash and serve as a crisp-tender counterpoint to crunchy shallots.


  • 2 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 4 cup watercress (about 2 bunches), trimmed, cut into 2" pieces
  • 6 cup coarsely chopped iceberg lettuce (about 1/2 head)
  • 0.25 tsp crushed red pepper
  • 1.5 Tbsp minced, peeled ginger
  • 2 Tbsp thinly sliced garlic
  • 0.25 cup 1/8"-thick slices cured sausage (such as salami or Chinese sausage), quartered if desired
  • kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 0.5 cup thinly sliced shallot
  • 4 cup cooked brown rice


  1. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over low heat. Add shallots; cook, stirring often, until golden brown, about 12 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon to a paper towel-lined plate and season lightly with salt and pepper (shallots will crisp as they cool).
  2. Increase heat to medium; add sausage and next 3 ingredients to same skillet; stir for 2 minutes. Add 1/4 cup water; scrape up any browned bits. Increase heat to medium-high; add lettuce and watercress and cook, tossing often, just until wilted, 1–2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle fried shallots over. Serve with brown rice.

Recipe Credit: The Bon Appétit Test Kitchen

Image Credit: Jonny Valiant