Braised Baby Lettuce

Love Food Hate Waste UK
Close up of braised lettuce with a handful of raisins on top
Serves 4 as a side dish
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  • Prep time 15 mins
  • Cook time 3 mins
  • Ready time 18 mins

Ideal as a fresh-tasting side dish with a Chinese-style meal, this is a great way to use lettuce which is nearing the end of its shelf life.

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  • 4 Little Gem lettuces
  • juice and rind of 1 orange
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 25 g/1 oz raisins
  • 2½ cm/1 inch root ginger


Trim the base of the lettuces and cut them in half, lengthways.

Peel and grate the ginger.

Put all the ingredients except the lettuces into a wok and bring to the boil. Add the lettuce halves and cook for 3 minutes, turning frequently, until heated through but still quite crisp. Serve immediately.


Additional notes

“This speedy cooking method keeps the lettuce quite crisp. Ideal as a fresh-tasting side dish with a Chinese-style meal.”

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Cook’s tip: It’s easiest to grate the zest from the orange before you juice it. If you have a zesting tool, reserve some long strands of zest to decorate the dish.

Cost per serving: 60p

Use up: Lettuce

Variations: Other leafy vegetables like pak choi or shredded kale work well in this dish.

Extra flavour: A splash of sherry adds flavour to this dish.

Freezer advice: Do not freeze


Nutrient Per serving Per 100 g
Calories (kJ) 253 kJ 152 kJ
Calories (kcal) 60 kcal 36  kcal
Protein 2 g 1.2 g
Fat 0.6 g 0.3 g
Of which saturated fat 0.1 g 0.1 g
Carbohydrate 10.6 g 6.4 g
Of which sugar 10.3 g 6.2 g
Fibre 2.3 g 1.4 g
Sodium 3.4 g 2.1 g