cooking with red amaranth- Frugal Friday

Red Amaranth is a delicious leafy vegetable that I had no idea what to do with. Lifting the lid of my Foodconnect box, sitting pretty up the top of the vegetables, I first wondered what it was and then what the devil I was going to do with it?

Plenty it seems. It’s used in Asian and South American cooking and can easily be used as a substitute for spinach or any other leafy greens.


In a flat bottomed wok add,

diced garlic

sliced onion

vegetable oil

sesame seed oil

Cook it up for a few minutes and then add

amaranth leaves (any other leafy green vegetable you might have, spinach, silver beet…)

a slurp of kecap manis (Indonesian sweet soy sauce)

a slurp of fish sauce

stick a lid on it and let it wilt down. Team it up with a bowl of basmati rice.

In the flat bottomed wok, crack an egg. Cook it through, and pop it on top of the rice and amaranth (leafy greens).

Back to the wok, add a small handful of local nuts (sesame, pecans, peanuts, whatever you have in stock…).

Once toasted add to the top.





34 thoughts on “cooking with red amaranth- Frugal Friday

  1. oooo sounds interesting and looks delicious. I might have to check that one out. At the moment we’re a bit obsessed with bringing in ‘weeds’ from the paddock and asking Mr google what they are and what they are good for:eating or medicinal. Its fascinating what you discover when you look and ask.


  2. I’ve never heard of it, but it looks great. I could eat it right now for breakfast. However, I don’t have any, so I will walk across to the bar and have a cappuccino and a sfoglia.


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  4. First – I’d like to say how much I like your “slurp” measure in your recipes, Brydie! I know how much a slurp is instinctively and enjoy seeing it incorporated in your personalized accounts!
    Second- I love veg boxes- they are delicious, educational, and help to stretch one’s repertoire of cooking!
    And lastly-YUM!


    • Heidi I totally agree about the vege box. You can’t really go wrong can you. I like the challenge of cooking with something I’m not used to cooking with.
      (many a slurp, a dash and a good sprinkle to be had in this kitchen. Everyone’s taste buds are different so my recipes are only meant as a guide.)


    • There could well be Jennifer. Apparently there are many types of amaranth cavorting about the globe. I’m sure there would be a flower or two popped in there somewhere.
      Also a happy belly when peasant food is on the table.


  5. amaranth. We saw some at my local veggie gardening group yesterday growing away happily in the host’s backyard. Much discussion took place on what was the best way to cook it..I do believe you have hit the nail on the head, dear Brydie!


  6. Foodconnect looks really interesting. I bet you get some amazing produce through it. I really like the idea of ‘lucky dip’ style vege shopping.
    Looking forward to hearing about the other amazing produce you get. ; )


  7. Don’t know why, but as a gardener, I simply haven’t tried this veg yet – strange because I’m known for having weird things in my garden. I will take your advice and give it a try this summer. Did you know that allowed to grow to maturity and go to seed, that it produces a grain which has a rich 8000 year history in the foods of mankind?

    A truly noble vegetable.


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