This pretty, bright Gai Lan recipe features a generous amount of garlic and lemongrass — and both bring it to another level with their beautiful flavor and wonderful scent. Sautéed Gai Lan is super easy and quick to prepare, and a nice switch form kale or spinach.
What is Gai Lan?
- Gai Lan is Chinese Kale that is in the cabbage family — and it’s commonly called Chinese Broccoli.
- The flavor reflects those names perfectly — slightly bitter like kale and slightly sweet like broccoli.
- Gai Lan is most commonly eaten raw, steamed or sautéed.
I served this healthy, green leafy, delicious side dish with Thai Inspired Mahi Mahi, and it was amazing.
It’s cooks and quickly and as easily as spinach — almost as soon as it hits the sauté pan, it begins to wilt.
If you think this sautéed Gai Lan recipe sounds delicious, and I hope you do — you will also love these:
- Miso Gai Lan Egg Soup
- Creamy Miso Noodle Gai Lan Soup
- Walnut Sesame Gai Lan
- Gai Lan and Oyster Sauce
What to served with Garlicky Coconut Satuéed Gai Lan recipe:
- Spicy Garlic Ginger Grilled Flank Steak
- Grilled Rib Eye Steak Marinated in Asian Spices and Korean Pear
- Oh, and it would be super delicious to add a bundle to a Spicy Sriracha Salmon Basil Burger.
Enjoy every last bite!
This is not a sponsored post, and as always I only write about things I love.
Sautéed Gai Lan is super easy and quick to prepare, and a nice switch form kale or spinach. And the Asian flavors in this recipe will win you over!
- grapeseed oil for the pan
- 1 tablespoon fresh garlic, minced
- 1 1/2 teaspoons finely chopped lemongrass
- 5 cups gently packed Gai Lan (including stems), washed and dried
- ⅓ cup light coconut milk
- salt and freshly ground black pepper
Coat the bottom of a medium-sized sauté pan with grape seed oil and place it over medium-low heat.
Add the garlic and lemongrass and sauté until it's very aromatic and has softened a bit, about 2 minutes.
Turn the heat to medium-high and add the Gai Lan. Cook, stirring from time to time, until it's completely wilted and the bottom of the pan is becoming dry, about 10 minutes.
Pour in the coconut milk, stir, and gently cook until it has almost completely absorbed into the Gai Lan, about 2 minutes.
Season with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste (Here's How to Season to Taste.)
Sprinkle with Togarashi if desired.
Togarashi is the Japanese word for red chili peppers. It’ll add some great heat.