Stir-Fried Amaranth Greens

Amaranth as a young leaf is great eaten raw, but as a more mature leaf it is best cooked. Use as a replacement for other cooked greens in other recipes that may call for collards, kale, chard or mustard greens. Let’s start here with a nice simple recipe.

Serves: 4

Time ~20 minutes


1 bu Amaranth

1 Tbl Vegetable Oil

3 Cloves Garlic

¼ Tsp Sesame Oil

Salt, to taste (bee liberal with the salt)

Pinch of sugar


  1. Heat your pan until smoking. Add the oil and swirl it around. Quickly add the garlic and the amaranth and stir constantly.

  2. After a minute, add salt, sugar and sesame oil, stir until just wilted. (Be liberal with your salt to really bring out the flavor of the greens and add some sugar to balance the saltiness. )

  3. Pile the amaranth up in a small mound at the center of the pan. This allows the sides to heat up (the higher the heat, the better they’ll taste!) Put the lid on the wok and cook for 1-2 minutes. Remove the lid, stir briefly, and serve.

Based off a recipe from