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Stir Fried Corn with Pine Nuts (松仁玉米)

5 from 4 votes
The sweet corn kernels, pine nuts, cucumber, and carrot are lightly seasoned with green onion, salt, and sugar. Every ingredient comes together to create a hearty meal that is nutty and sweet.
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 5 mins
Total Time: 10 mins
Course: Side
Cuisine: Chinese
Servings: 2
Author: Maggie Zhu


  • 1 teaspoon potato starch
  • 2 tablespoons chicken stock (or water)
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 2 teaspoons peanut oil (or vegetable oil)
  • 1 teaspoon chopped green onion
  • 1/3 cup cubed carrot
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 1/3 cup cubed cucumber (or frozen peas) (*See footnote 1)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar


  • Prep and chop veggies.
  • Whisk cornstarch into chicken stock. Set aside.
  • Add pine nuts into a skillet and heat over medium heat. Stir the pine nuts frequently. When the pine nuts start to turn golden brown, turn to medium low heat. Cook and stir until for another minute, until the pine nuts turn light brown. Transfer to a plate to cool.
  • Add oil to the same skillet and turn to medium high heat. Add green onion and stir a few times. Add carrot and corn. Stir and cook until the corn is thawed and the carrot starts to turn tender. If the skillet gets too hot, turn to medium or medium low heat. Add cucumber. Season with salt and sugar. Stir and cook for another minute, until the cucumber is cooked.
  • Turn off heat. Whisk the potato starch slurry again and swirl it into the skillet. Stir to mix well. (*see footnote 2)
  • Taste the dish and add a bit more salt if necessary.
  • Add toasted pine nuts. Stir to mix well.
  • Serve warm.


  1. If you are using frozen peas instead of the cucumber, add the peas when you're adding frozen corns. They takes longer to cook than cucumber.
  2. I added the chicken stock slurry at the end, so that the dish would be like the one that you’d find in a Chinese restaurant. If you want to make the dish vegetarian, simple replace the chicken stock with water. You can skip this step, too. The finished dish will be slightly dry, but still taste good.


Serving: 153g, Calories: 236kcal, Carbohydrates: 21.9g, Protein: 4.7g, Fat: 16.7g, Saturated Fat: 1.7g, Sodium: 353mg, Potassium: 369mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 5.3g, Vitamin A: 3100IU, Vitamin C: 8.3mg, Calcium: 10mg, Iron: 3.1mg