Stir Fry Iceberg Lettuce

Stir Fry Iceberg Lettuce

Stir fry iceberg lettuce is tossed over high heat in a delicious and light sauce. Its mildly sweet and salty gravy is enhanced with a tinge of sourness and some crispy dried chillies gives a sprinkle of heat. Easily done in 10 minutes, it is a great week night dish.

5 stars

Preparation 4 mins
Cooking 6 mins


Chinese, Malaysian, Singaporean

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Nutrition per Serving

102 kcal
11 g
6 g
2 g

Stir-fry iceberg lettuce is a tasty dish when done right. The gravy is inspired by an Instagram post of Chef David Chang of Momofuku. Using the natural sweetness of honey, the savouriness of the dish is further amplified. Optionally, a bit of chilli is added for its fragrance and spice. Stir-frying vegetables may seem boring but this recipe is a definite keeper especially when you are in the mood for a tasty healthy meal.

Is it OK to stir-fry iceberg lettuce?

This type of lettuce is mostly eaten raw but it is also great as a stir-fry dish. The lettuce itself does not have much taste but it does a great job soaking up the flavours of the gravy. The trick is to have a tasty gravy or else it will end up a boring veggie dish.

The lettuce can be rather soft when overcooked. I prefer it crunchy. If you do too, do not cook it for too long. The recommended time is sufficient.

Important tips when stir-frying vegetables

Like with the stir fry sweet potato leaves recipe, you have to cook this dish over high heat. During cooking, the lettuce will release some liquid. So it's crucial to never add water even though you might be tempted to especially when the lettuce are initially added.

The dish may look dry at the beginning. Continue to sauté and let the lettuce do its work. You will be surprised by the amount of water released after some time. The high heat helps to quickly heat up the gravy and “braise” the vegetables allowing it to cook.

With meat or seafood

The dish can be whipped up with chicken, prawns or any meat of your choice. It is a good base recipe for a one pan dish to serve with white rice. Do sauté the meat first before adding the vegetables as they take longer to cook. This helps to ensure that the meat will be fully cooked.

Fully vegan dish

While this quick veggie stir-fry is not a vegan dish as it uses fish sauce, you can easily replace it with soy sauce for the umami substitute.

Must chilli crisp oil be added?

No. However, adding chilli crisp oil is recommended by Chef David Chang and I love it! If you are not a fan of spicy dishes, then opt to not use any. A dash of chilli oil will also do the trick. You may add more dried chillies to replace chilli crisp oil.

Other types of lettuce

Try this recipe with any type of lettuce. They generally absorb flavours very well, so you can never go wrong. In fact, give it a try with other types of vegetables too. Using this recipe, my personal favourites are cabbage, romaine and napa cabbage. For some added texture and taste, mix in some carrots or capsicums.


garlic clove(s)
chilli peppers (dried)
iceberg lettuce
1⁄2 tbsp
1 tbsp
fish sauce
1 tsp
white vinegar
1 tsp
1 tsp
chilli crisp oil

Steps to Prepare

Stir Fry Iceberg Lettuce Step 1

Step 1 of 2

Chop iceberg lettuce and capsicum into smaller pieces. Then, mince garlic. Cut dried chilli into smaller chunks to help it release its flavour easily.

Stir Fry Iceberg Lettuce Step 2

Step 2 of 2

    • 1⁄2 tbsp oil
    • 1 tbsp fish sauce
    • 1 tsp white vinegar
    • 1 tsp honey
    • 1 tsp chilli crisp oil

Heat up a pan over the highest heat. Once the pan is fully heated, add oil. Then, sauté garlic, dried chillies and capsicum. Once it is fragrant, add the iceberg lettuce. Add fish sauce, vinegar, honey and chilli crisp oil of your choice. Allow the dish to simmer until the lettuce softens. It should take less than 5 minutes.

Published: May 7, 2020

3 Discussions

4 years ago


Thanks for the recipe! I have all the ingredients in my friedge except for fish sauce which I will replace with salt.

Mira - Community Happiness Manager
4 years ago

Mira - Community Happiness Manager

Or soy sauce ;) Post a food snap!

Fern Yeo
4 years ago

Fern Yeo

Hi Grace, can I ask any specific vinegar that you use here? Apple / Brown rice vinegar both ok? Thanks!

Mira - Community Happiness Manager
4 years ago

Mira - Community Happiness Manager

Any vinegar will do!

4 years ago


In Europe, Sweetheart cabbage makes a more hearty alternative to this dish. If using the cabbage, the honey can be omitted.

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