Easy Swiss Chard Stir Fry

A delicious side dish that needs three ingredients and five minutes to cook. A great way to add vegetables to a weeknight’s dinner.

Easy Swiss Chard Stir Fry - A delicious side dish that needs three ingredients and five minutes to cook. A great way to add vegetables to a weeknight’s dinner.

Living in the US, I cannot usually find the same produce I used to eat daily in China. Vegetables like baby bok choy and Chinese broccoli have become a luxury. Not only are they much more expensive, it’s very difficult to get good fresh ones, even at the Asian market. It’s my second summer in my new home, and I’ve started to apply Chinese flavors to local produce.

I’ve been trying to use authentic Chinese seasonings with vegetables I can find in Austin. The texture of the dish might be a bit different, but the flavor stays great.

Today I want to introduce an easy swiss chard recipe that uses just three ingredients and takes five minutes to cook. It is a family recipe that my mom usually uses with baby bok choy and fried tofu.

Easy Swiss Chard Stir Fry - A delicious side dish that needs three ingredients and five minutes to cook. A great way to add vegetables to a weeknight’s dinner.

The highlight of this recipe is the combination of garlic, sugar, and soy sauce. The garlic will infuse the cooking oil and make the whole dish very fragrant. The soy sauce adds saltiness and umami. The sugar is the most important part. It won’t turn the dish sweet, but will enhance the depth of the umami and make it extra delicious.

Easy Swiss Chard Stir Fry - A delicious side dish that needs three ingredients and five minutes to cook. A great way to add vegetables to a weeknight’s dinner.

The seasoning makes the swiss chard so flavorful that you can eat a huge amount of vegetables effortlessly. It is one of our favorite ways to add a side to dinner, no matter whether you’re serving roast salmon or baked chicken. It goes well both with Asian and Western style main dishes.

To prep swiss chard, you simply need to rinse the leaves, shake off the extra water, and chop them. You don’t need to dry them thoroughly before cooking. A hot cast iron pan earns extra points but is not necessary. I’ve tried both a cast iron pan and a nonstick skillet, and both work. The prep and cooking will be done in under 10 minutes.

Looking for more simple side dishes like this? Check out my broccoli with oyster sauce, baby bok choy with garlic dressing, four-ingredient okra stir fry, and vinaigrette cabbage.

Easy Swiss Chard Stir Fry - A delicious side dish that needs three ingredients and five minutes to cook. A great way to add vegetables to a weeknight’s dinner.

If you give this recipe a try, let us know! Leave a comment, rate it (once you’ve tried it), and take a picture and tag it #omnivorescookbook on Instagram! I’d love to see what you come up with. Cheers, friends!

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Recipe type: Side
Cuisine: Chinese
Serves: 2 to 4
Ingredients
  • 1 bunch swiss chard (8 to 10 leaves)
  • 1 tablespoon peanut oil (or vegetable oil)
  • 3 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce or tamari for gluten-free
Instructions
  1. To prep the swiss chard, cut off the stems and chop the leaves into 1-cm (1/2-inch) pieces. Chop the leaves into 4-cm (1.5-inch) pieces. Separate the stems and leaves.
    Easy Swiss Chard Stir Fry Cooking Process Easy Swiss Chard Stir Fry Cooking Process
  2. Heat oil in a cast iron pan (or wok, or a heavy skillet) until hot. Add garlic. Stir a few times until fragrant.
  3. Add the chard stems. Cook and stir a few times until they start to soften.
    Easy Swiss Chard Stir Fry Cooking Process Easy Swiss Chard Stir Fry Cooking Process
  4. Add the leaves. Quickly stir a few times. Add sugar and swirl in soy sauce. Immediately stir to mix well. Cook and stir until the chard turns tender. Transfer to a serving plate immediately to stop cooking.
    Easy Swiss Chard Stir Fry Cooking Process Easy Swiss Chard Stir Fry Cooking Process
  5. Serve warm or at room temperature as a side dish.

The nutrition facts are calculated based on 1 of the 4 servings generated by this recipe.

Easy Swiss Chard Stir Fry Nutrition Facts

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Meet Maggie

Born and raised in Beijing, Maggie now calls Texas home. She’s learned to love barbecue, but her heart belongs to the food she grew up with. For her, Omnivore’s Cookbook is all about introducing cooks to real-deal Chinese dishes, which can be as easy as a 30-minute stir-fry or as adventurous as making your own dim sum. Recipes, step-by-step photos and video are the tools she uses to share her knowledge—and her enthusiasm for Chinese food.

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11 thoughts on “Easy Swiss Chard Stir Fry

  1. Natalia Richer

    Maggie this looks amazing! I can’t wait to do this. When I saw the photo I thought no way it’s three ingredients – it looks so colorful and full of good stuff I had to come and verify you didn’t sneak more ingredients! Hah! Will you believe it that I always spend easily 20 min separating the leaves from the stem of kale and chard by hand? I never thought to just chop up the stems and use them. Duh! Goodness!

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  3. Samantha

    This tasted wonderful. I made it with all the excess Swiss Chard from the garden. Kids loved it also. Thank you.

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  4. Karen

    Looks delicious! I like the taste of Chard stir-fried in peanut oil. Cooking it this way (with the sugar, baby bok choy, & soy sauce) seems like a mouth watering combination.

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