Recipe: Stir-Fried Carrots, Corn and Peppers

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Stir-Fried Carrots, Corn & Peppers


  • 1 tablespoon Shao Hsing rice wine (see Note) or dry sherry
  • 2 teaspoons reduced sodium-soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons plus 1 tablespoon peanut oil or canola oil, divided
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh jalapeño pepper with seeds, or more to taste
  • 1 cup sliced carrot (1/4 inch thick)
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, cut into 1/4-inch-wide strips
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh corn kernels (from 2-3 medium ears; see Tip)
  • 2 cups shredded romaine lettuce (about 4 medium leaves)


  1. Combine rice wine (or sherry), soy sauce and sesame oil in a small bowl. Combine salt and sugar in another small bowl.
  2. Heat a 14-inch flat-bottomed wok over high heat until a bead of water vaporizes within 1 to 2 seconds of contact. Swirl in 2 teaspoons peanut (or canola) oil.
  3. Add ginger and jalapeño and stir-fry until fragrant, about 10 seconds.
  4. Add carrot and stir-fry 1 minute. Swirl in the remaining 1 tablespoon peanut (or canola) oil, bell pepper and corn, sprinkle on the salt mixture and stir-fry until the vegetables are almost crisp-tender, about 2 minutes.
  5. Add lettuce, swirl in the rice wine mixture and stir-fry until the lettuce is just limp, about 30 seconds.


  • Note: Shao Hsing (or Shao xing) is a seasoned rice wine. It is available at most Asian specialty markets and in the Asian section of some larger supermarkets. If unavailable, dry sherry is the best substitute.
  • Tip: To remove corn kernels, stand an ear of corn on one end and slice the kernels off with a sharp knife. One ear will yield about 1/2 cup kernels.


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