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Stir-fried lettuce with bacon

Recipe for stir-fried lettuce with bacon | Gourmet Traveller

By Lisa Featherby
  • Serves 4
  • 10 mins preparation
  • 5 mins cooking
Stir-fried lettuce with bacon
Stir-fried lettuce with bacon

Lettuce can be used in stir-fries just like any other green, but it's best to use a crisp variety such as cos, baby gem or iceberg, which will stand up to cooking while maintaining a little texture. Other greens such as Siamese watercress, choy sum or even silverbeet are great choices, too, but thinly slice the large stalks or stir-fry them first to cook them properly.


  • 60 ml grapeseed oil (¼ cup)
  • 250 gm streaky bacon rashers, rind removed, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 2 baby gem lettuces, washed, drained well, leaves separated
  • 1 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 2 tbsp chicken stock


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    Heat half the oil in a wok over high heat, add bacon and fry until golden (3-4 minutes), then set aside. Heat remaining oil in wok until smoking, then add garlic and stir-fry until just tender, but not brown (5 seconds). Add lettuce and stir to combine, then add oyster sauce and stock, and stir-fry until lettuce is just wilted. Toss bacon through, scatter with chillies and serve with steamed jasmine rice.


Drink Suggestion: Rich cidre from Normandy. Drink suggestion by Max Allen