This Easy Watercress and Garlic Stir Fry is one of my go-to vegetables for busy weeknight dinners when I have around 15 minutes to cook a hot vegetable side. With its fresh, bright, and slightly peppery taste (slightly more bite than bok choy) it lightens up a meat-heavy meal. Best of all, it’s only around 34 calories per serving!
The Secret to Tender and Tasty Watercress
Cutting the watercress into bite-sized pieces negates the need for lots of oil and high heat. Additionally, adding 1/4 tsp of granulated chicken flavor soup base mix per lb of watercress makes the vegetable a lot more palatable to those unfamiliar with the taste of watercress.
Easy Watercress and Garlic Stir Fry Step-By-Step Pictures
Storage & Reheating
Fridge: Extra watercress stir fry can be stored in an air-tight container for about 3 days with minimal loss of taste and flavor.
Freezer: Not recommended.
Reheating: 1-minute in the microwave.
What to Serve with Easy Watercress and Garlic Stir Fry
My personal favorite is to serve it as a vegetable side with pork dishes like braised pork ribs.
Easy Watercress and Garlic Stir Fry
- 1 Cutting Board
- 1 chef's knife
- 1 Colander set
- 1 nonstick pan 14" preferred
- 1 silicone spatula
- 1 lb watercress
- 3 cloves garlic (about 1 tbsp)
- 2 tsp oil (use your favorite)
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp sugar
- 1/4 tsp Totole Granulated Chicken Flavor Soup Base Mix
- Prep garlic. Dice into small cubes.
- Prep watercress. Chop into two-inch segments.
- Rinse watercress in cold water. About two to three times or until there is no sand. Drain excess water.
- In the nonstick pan over medium-high heat, add garlic and oil. Stir fry garlic for 1 minute.
- Add in the watercress and cook for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring constantly to ensure even cooking.
- Add in the salt, sugar, and Totole Granulated Chicken Flavor Soup Base Mix. Stir to ensure the seasoning is distributed evenly. Taste test. Adjust to personal preferences.