01.25.21

Spicy Celery Stir Fry

If you are a celery lover, I am sure that this Spicy Celery Stir Fry has you giddy inside. However, I am aware that a lot of you find the taste of celery to be a little…errr, unpleasant. In fact, I’ve even seen some of you call celery “the devil” in my DM’s before. haha

Spicy Celery Stir Fry

I grew up with a celery-loving mom that cooked it in all sorts of ways and packed celery sticks for snacking in my lunchbox daily. In fact, one of my family’s most beloved recipes that has been passed down for generations can be found in my cookbook titled “Mimi’s Minestra del Sedano,” or Mimi’s Italian Celery Soup where celery is the star ingredient! It’s at the top of the list for my favorite nostalgic things to eat. 

Celery is a surprisingly valuable player to keep in your fridge for a variety of recipes. While it might not often play a starring role in a dish as it does here, it’s such a fundamental part of many dishes! For example, a mirepoix, (a mix of carrots, onions, and celery, usually finely diced and used as the seasoning base) is one of the foundations of the classical kitchen, and we rely on it heavily in our soups and stews. It’s practically always in our refrigerators ready to be used in a mirepoix or cut into sticks to serve with hot wings or in a crudite; however, we rarely let it be the star of the show. 

Spicy Celery Stir Fry

This spicy celery stir fry is a great go-to when you have nothing but celery in your fridge…which happens to me far too often! Serve it with rice to make a complete meal or this stir fry is a great side dish! This is definitely for the celery lovers of the world and if you hate celery, look away and don’t say anything rude to ruin our fun 😉

For another celery recipe, be sure to try my Sileo Celery Salad, another recipe passed down in my mom’s family! 

 

Spicy Celery Stir Fry

Spicy Celery Stir Fry
Serves: 2 people
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5 from 6 votes

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • 6 cups julienned celery (about 1 head of celery) *see note
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (or to taste; 1 tsp is hot, 1/2 tsp medium, 1/4 tsp is mild)
  • 1/4 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 3 tablespoon coconut aminos
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons arrowroot flour

Instructions

  • Heat the avocado and sesame oil in a large skillet or wok over high heat. When hot, add the celery, salt, pepper and crushed red pepper flakes and cook, stirring, until the celery is slightly tender and browned, about 4 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, in a small bowl, whisk together the broth, coconut aminos, rice vinegar and arrowroot and stir until well combined and the arrowroot has dissolved.
  • Pour the sauce into the skillet and continue to cook, tossing occasionally, until the sauce thickens and the celery is well coated in the sauce; 3 to 4 more minutes.

Notes

The best way to julienne the celery is to slice off the root end of the stalk. Cut the stalks in thirds, and then cut each of those pieces in half lengthwise. From there, cut into smaller matchsticks depending on the size of the stalk.

13 Comments

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    Ellen Worack
    February 17, 2021 at 4:16 pm

    I’m dying to make this but cant decide what protein (or even another veggie dish) would go best with it. Any recommendations?

  • Reply
    Ashleigh
    February 16, 2021 at 10:48 pm

    5 stars
    Wow this was surprisingly so so good!! I def don’t hate or love celery, it’s just there for me. Cooking it like this was absolutely perfect. Recipe couldn’t be easier and quicker too.

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    Anna
    February 3, 2021 at 12:11 am

    5 stars
    Made this recipe for dinner tonight and it is so delicious!! Will be making again for sure!

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    Lisa
    February 2, 2021 at 11:13 pm

    5 stars
    So yummy! I’m not a fan of celery raw and have never cooked with it other than using cream of celery soup in recipes. I’m so glad I tried this!

  • Reply
    Amber
    February 1, 2021 at 4:51 am

    5 stars
    Easy and a great way to utilize the ONLY veg left in my fridge tonight. 😆

    • Reply
      Alex
      February 1, 2021 at 12:52 pm

      haha, yes!!!! we all have those days.

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    Courtney
    January 31, 2021 at 3:26 am

    5 stars
    A recipe featuring one of my all time favorite things to eat!! This was so tasty and had so much flavor. Savory, spicy, crunchy and filling. I added bean sprouts because I had them and needed to use them up. Highly recommend!

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    Rachel
    January 30, 2021 at 8:07 pm

    I love how much you like celery and that you find new ways to eat this. This was great and came together so easily!

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    Sarah
    January 27, 2021 at 10:29 pm

    My husband loves celery and I can’t wait to make this for him! I bought celery this week and plan to make it ASAP.

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    Kennedy Campbell
    January 27, 2021 at 1:26 am

    I can’t wait to make this recipe!! Just bought celery to have on hand!

  • Reply
    Liz
    January 27, 2021 at 12:55 am

    5 stars
    Had a few bunches of celery in the fridge and this recipe helped put them to use. The result was delicious!!!

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    Tess
    January 26, 2021 at 11:47 pm

    This was delicious! You are right we always have celery in the fridge and the rest of the ingredients were in my pantry. Took all of ten minutes with cook and prep. This will be a monthly dish!!

  • Reply
    Jeanne
    January 25, 2021 at 8:37 pm

    I just bought celery today in anticipation of this recipe. We love all your recipes and made your pot roast last night. Thank you for the great recipes.

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