This amazing quick stir-fry celery recipe is an absolute balance of salty, sweet, and spicy, which goes perfectly with the crispy and tender texture of celery. You will only need 10 minutes to prepare this amazing dish, and you can have it with any of your preferable vegetables, rice, and noodles. 

 

I made this dish about 1 month ago when I bought excessive celery sticks in a sale. Mostly, I make soup, and stew, or combine them with other vegetables in some recipes. But this time, I had lots of celery, and I had to come up with a recipe to have a large amount of it. 

 

It turned out to be stir fry celery, an easy yet healthy dish that I have fallen in love with. If you want to have a quick dinner, then you can easily have it with some noodles. Try out these amazing crispy and tender bites today! 

See also Eggplant Stir Fry and Stir Fry Lotus Root.

 

Close up photo of stir fried celery

Celery Health Benefits

 

Celery is a marshland plant related to carrots and parsley in the same family. It has a subtle, earthy flavor with a hint of spice.

 

It is a great source of fiber and is widely regarded as one of the healthiest foods available. Given the vegetable’s low-calorie count, its fiber level is very impressive. This makes it a great choice for people who are looking to maintain a healthy digestive system or lose weight.

 

Celery also has the following health benefits:

 

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Can Support Heart Health

 

Even though it has high water content, celery has various vitamins and minerals, including potassium and calcium, both of which are beneficial to heart health. It also contains folate and vitamin K, which are necessary for red blood cell production and good blood coagulation. 

 

Celery is also high in flavonoids, which are plant chemicals that have anti-inflammatory and cardiovascular-protective properties. The high-fiber content of celery is linked to decreasing the risk of heart disease.

 

Boost Digestive Function

 

Celery is high in both soluble and insoluble fiber, which is beneficial to digestive health. Phytonutrient from celery extract was found to be effective for maintaining digestive mucosa, which can protect against gastric ulcers.

 

Decreases Inflammation

 

Diseases including arthritis and osteoporosis have been connected to chronic inflammation. Celery and its seeds include about 25 anti-inflammatory chemicals, which can help protect the body from inflammation.

 

Improves Memory

 

Celery extract appeared to improve cognitive performance related to aging and depression in a 2017 animal study. Similarly, research using celery extract’s neuroprotective properties found excellent outcomes in Alzheimer’s and dementia patients.

 

Provide Better Blood Sugar Management

 

Celery is beneficial to those who need to keep track of their blood sugar levels because it has a low glycaemic index (GI) and a high fiber content. Many researchers also stated that it could help lower blood glucose levels.

 

Prevents Cancer

 

Antioxidants are abundant in celery. Vitamin C and flavonoids, as well as bergapten and lunularin, are examples of these compounds. Antioxidants like these and others help avoid oxidative stress, which is linked to cancer.

chopped vegetables

 

How to Prepare Celery?

 

Take the required amount of celery for the recipe and wash them thoroughly to remove the dirt and debris. Trim the base and pull out the tough outer strings. 

 

Select celery with bright, crispy, and firm stalks in tightly formed bunches. The leaves of them should be fresh and green. Avoid the damaged, soft, dried ones with brown or yellow.   

sauteing celery in saucepan

 

How to Make Stir Fry Celery?

 

To make this recipe, gather all the required ingredients. Prepare the celery, parsley, and tomato sauce. In a large skillet, add oil over medium-high temperature; when the oil is hot, pour prepared celery and stir fry for a few minutes until tender. 

 

Add remaining ingredients, and constantly stir until the celery is coated with the sauce, about 3 minutes. Take out from the heat, add sesame oil, and mix evenly. This dish is best served with noodles and rice to enjoy its flavors of it.  

 

Why is Parsley Great for Cooking?

 

Here’s the deal, parsley makes a great addition to your cooking as it balances the savory dish’s flavor the way lemon juice can make something taste better. Adding parsley to your stir fry celery does not make it taste more like parsley, but it will make the dish quite balanced. 

 

Parsley is available in both dried and fresh versions in grocery stores. It has a bright and slightly bitter taste that enhances the dish’s flavors, which is quite similar to lemon zest. It is mainly popular for garnishing, and herb flavor makes a perfect final touch in the cooking process. 

 

Quick Note: Parsley is great for digestion as the bitter herbs stimulate appetite and your digestive tract, which removes digestive-related issues.

 

How to Prepare Parsley or Cilantro?

 

To prepare parsley, start dunking them in a bowl of water and swing them around. However, store-bought ones are already pre-washed, but the ones you buy from the farmers market or pick from your garden need a throughout the cleaning to remove the dirt. 

 

To chop the parsley perfectly, you can do it in two ways. First, strip out the leaves from the stem before chopping them. Or else, you can chop them with their stems. Hold the parsley with your hand tightly or tie the base with the rubber band and roughly chop them with a chef’s knife on the cutting board. 

 

You can store the remaining parsley by wrapping them in a damp paper towel and placing them in a plastic bag in the refrigerator. It will stay fresh for at least 3 to 5 days. 

 

How to Make Homemade Tomato Sauce? 

 

From August to September, you can easily find ripe tomatoes. To make the sauce, you need fresh ripe tomatoes. In grocery stores, look for the cracked, slightly bruised ones that are sold at a discount.

 

These tomatoes need to be dense, sweet, and red, which will make a fresh and natural tasting sauce in a manageable small batch. Take advantage of preparing these tasty sauces in their season and store them to use throughout the year. Use zip-top bags to fill the sauces in batches and store them in the freezer. 

 

I love tomato sauce so much that I always keep freshly made tomato sauce in my pantry. I mostly use tomato sauce to make my recipe more flavorful and savorier.  

 

Ingredients for the Sauce

 

  • 5 pounds tomatoes
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 garlic clove, halved.
  • 1 basil sprig
  • 1 bay leaf

 

Directions

 

  • First, cut each tomato half horizontally, take out the seeds, and discard. Mash the tomatoes in the grater and take the pulp of the tomatoes into a bowl. 
  • Then, pour the prepared tomato pulp into a wide saucepan at a high temperature. Add olive oil, tomato paste, basil, garlic, and bay leaf. Bring it to a boil and lower the temperature to a brisk simmer. 
  • Last, let the sauce reduce to almost half and stir it occasionally. To achieve 2 1/2 cups of medium-thick sauce, you need about 10 to 15 minutes. Taste and adjust the salt and flavor of your choice. 

 

Pro Tip:- If fresh tomatoes are not available for you to prepare sauce or you want to save time, you can use canned peeled tomatoes. Avoid canned diced tomatoes, as they are mixed with a chemical that prevents them from breaking down properly.

 

How to Store Leftover Stir Fry Celery?

 

You can easily store the leftover stir fry celery in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days after cooking. 

 

You can store the cooked stir fry vegetables in the freezer. Add them to a freezer bag or airtight container, and label them to make sure they eat them in 3 months. 

 

When you are using frozen stir fry vegetables, avoid thawing them before cooking as the moisture content will make the dish soggy. To reheat the stir fry properly, use a stove. Take a saucepan, add oil and start reheating them at low to medium temperature to avoid overcooking.    

 

Additional Tips and Tricks

 

  • Be careful if you want to add chilies to the stir-frying pan over high heat. Once you add them to the pan, they will create a peppery spray that will leave you coughing. Make sure to turn the vent on to keep the kitchen well-ventilated. 
  • You can stir in some sliced dried tofu in the recipe. 
  • To make the stir-fry celery more colorful, try adding some multi-colored bell peppers, capsicum, snow peas, snap peas, cabbage, carrot, broccoli, and mushrooms. 
  • If you can’t find Chinese celery, then you can get the celery found in your grocery store instead. 

 

Ingredients

 

  • 4 stalks of celery, washed and chopped into 2-inch pieces.
  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ cup cilantro or parsley, chopped
  • ¼ cup tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil

 

Instructions

 

  • Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat, add celery, and cook until tender, about 3 minutes.
  • Then, add garlic, onion powder, garlic powder, cilantro or parsley, tomato sauce, water, and soy sauce. Cook constantly, stirring for about 3 minutes. Remove from heat, stir in sesame oil, and serve.

Dishes that can be served with Stir Fry Celery:

  1. Vegan Dirty Rice
  2. Vegan Red Beans and Rice
  3. Vegan Shepherd’s Pie
  4. Vegan Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes
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Nutrition

(Per serving)
  • Energy: 224 kcal / 936 kJ
  • Fat: 2.4 g
  • Protein: 5.5 g
  • Carbs: 24.1 g

Cook Time

  • Preparation: 10 min
  • Cooking: 35 min
  • Ready in: 45 min
  • For: 2 servings

Ingredients

For the sauce if making from scratch

Instructions

  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat, add celery, and cook until tender, about 3 minutes.
  2. Then, add garlic, onion powder, garlic powder, cilantro or parsley, tomato sauce, water, and soy sauce. Cook constantly, stirring for about 3 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat, stir in sesame oil, and serve.

For the sauce

  1. Cut each tomato half horizontally, take out the seeds and discard. Mash the tomatoes in the grater and take the pulp of tomatoes into a bowl. 
  2. Pour the prepared tomato pulp into a wide saucepan at a high temperature. Add olive oil, tomato paste, basil, garlic, and bay leaf. Bring it to a boil and lower the temperature to a brisk simmer. 
  3. Let the sauce reduce to almost half and stir it occasionally. To achieve 2 1/2 cups of medium-thick sauce, you need about 10 to 15 minutes. Taste and adjust the salt and flavor of your choice. 
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Michelle Blackwood, RN

Hi, I’m Michelle, I’m the voice, content creator and photographer behind Healthier Steps. I share vegan and gluten-free recipes because of past health issues. My goal is to help you make healthier choices and show you how healthy eating is easy and delicious.