Cabbage Stir-fry with Popped Amaranth Recipe - Vegetarian Times

Cabbage Stir-fry with Popped Amaranth


When popped, amaranth has a mild toasted sesame flavor which is perfect in a stir-fry vegetable dish such as this. Pop only the amount of grain you need because leftovers will not keep.

  • 4Servings


  • 1/4 cup amaranth
  • 2 Tbs. vegetable oil
  • 3 to 4 cups shredded white cabbage
  • 2 small leeks (white part only), rinsed well and sliced thinly (1 cup)
  • 1 medium yellow bell pepper, seeded and shredded (1 cup)
  • 1 Tbs. fresh lemon juice


To pop amaranth: Place heavy small skillet over high heat until very hot. Add 1 tablespoon of amaranth and cook, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, for 10 to 15 seconds or until most of the seeds have popped and turned white. Transfer to a bowl and continue cooking remaining seeds 1 tablespoon at a time. Set aside.

In wok or large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add cabbage, leeks and bell pepper and cook, stirring constantly, just until wilted, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat and sprinkle with lemon juice. Transfer to warm serving dish and sprinkle with popped amaranth. Serve right away.

Nutrition Information

  • Calories: 147
  • Carbohydrate Content: 17 g
  • Fat Content: 8 g
  • Fiber Content: 6 g
  • Protein Content: 5 g
  • Saturated Fat Content: 1 g
  • Sodium Content: 53 mg