Corn and Celery Stir-Fry

Corn and Celery Stir-Fry

Corn kernels stir-fried with pine nuts is a northern Chinese dish that shows off the versatility of fresh, sweet corn. While frozen kernels would work in a pinch, this dish is best made with corn at its peak; stir-frying at high heat for just a few minutes locks in the summer sweetness and ensures that every kernel stays plump and juicy. Similarly, flash-fried celery becomes highly perfumed while retaining its crunch. Pine nuts deliver pops of buttery nuttiness, but you could also use cashews or peanuts in their place. Eat alone as a light meal or with rice.
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  • Serves: 2 persons



  1. Step 1

    Heat a large 12-inch skillet or wok on medium-high. When it’s hot, add the neutral oil, ginger, garlic and white parts of the scallions. Stir for 30 seconds until fragrant.
  2. Step 2

    Add the corn, celery, salt and white pepper, and stir-fry for 1½ to 2 minutes, until the corn starts to soften.
  3. Step 3

    Add the pine nuts, soy sauce or tamari and sesame oil, and stir-fry for another 1 to 2 minutes, until the corn is tender but still has a fresh, crisp bite. Add the scallion greens and toss for 30 seconds. Remove from heat and serve hot or at room temperature, with rice (if desired).