Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Yasai Itame (Vegetable Stir-Fry)

Vegetable Stir-Fry (Yasai Itame)

Recipe by Caroline Phelps

Vegetable Stir-fry (Yasai Itame)

Yasai itame is Japanese for vegetable stir fry. It's a relatively healthy dish that's simple and quick to prepare. Yasai itame is usually made with thinly sliced pork but since my husband loves spicy sausages, I made this one using small Berkshire links. There's very little cooking and seasoning involved other than chopping, stir frying the veggies and adding a little soy, and black pepper. This easy recipe pairs really well with a hot bowl of freshly cooked Japanese rice.

Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
Yield: 4-6 servings

  • 1 medium size carrot, cut into thin strips
  • 1/2 small cabbage, chopped bite size
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, cut into thin strips
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, cut into thin strips
  • about 2 cups, sprouts
  • 2 Berkshire sausages (optional. The traditional recipe is usually made with pork), thinly sliced
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil (or other neutral oil)
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • Ajinomoto (optional)
  • salt and pepper to taste

Cooking Directions
  1. In a large pan over high heat, add the sausages and cook for 2 minutes. Add cabbage, carrots and both green and red bell peppers. Cook for about 5 minutes, until cabbage has soften and charred just a little bit. Add sprouts and cook for a minute. 
  2. Add soy, a sprinkle of Ajinomoto and cook for another minute. 
  3. Season with salt and pepper, and serve.

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