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crackling spinach

Couple of years ago I was introduced to this strange but amazing dish at Mainland China. It was a Diwali night and we went there for a family dinner. Outside the night sky was glittering with fireworks and it filled the atmosphere with joyous and festivity . It was already 10 pm in the night and we were patiently waiting for the dinner to arrive and just then, the manager informed us that the waiter spoiled the dish he was carrying ! The very next moment he tactfully handle this and served us something as complimentary. This something and strange-looking dish was “crackling spinach”, I never had it before and it was simply amazing. We finished it with in seconds and then asked for another serve.

What a perfect dish on Diwali night ! Crackling spinach ? Yes these spinach do crackles when they are deep-fried, yet light as feather and will tickle your taste buds with salty, spicy and sugary seasonings.

Here goes the recipe for crackling spinach: perfect for a sunday evening appetizer.

crackling spinach

Crackling Spinach

Spinach: 2 medium bunch
Oil :to deep fry
Sesame oil :2tbsp
Red chilli flakes: 1 tsp
Salt to taste
Granular sugar : 1tbsp
Sesame seeds (toasted): 1tbsp
Cornflour: 1 tbsp

Method to Prepare:
Wash and trim the spinach leaves. Pat dry thoroughly with an absorbent kitchen towel and cut into thin strips or shred them. Dust the shredded spinach with cornflour. Heat enough oil in a wok and add the spinach leaves and deep fry them till crisp. Remove immediately and drain them on tissue paper to get rid off the extra oil. Heat sesame oil in a wok and add the red chilli flakes and the fried spinach. Sprinkle salt, granular sugar and toasted sesame seeds.
Toss well and serve hot the crackling spinach as an appetizer.


  • Reply
    Michelle Kimberley
    October 23, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    I’ve had this had chinese restaurants sometimes great sometimes dripping in oil. I’ve never thought to give it a go at home so thank you for the recipe. I’m wandering how kale would work….

  • Reply
    December 3, 2011 at 6:23 am

    I too had it from mainlad China for the first time and fell in love, now everytime I go there I make sure I order. I’ve been checking out recipes to try it at home.

    Would love to try your recipe.

  • Reply
    March 20, 2014 at 12:11 am

    is there a way to bake the spinach instead of frying it?

    • Reply
      March 20, 2014 at 11:38 am

      Yes you can bake the spinach leaves. I have made spinach chips before, crispy but when you compare it with deep fried version it lacks the snappy texture. Pat dry the spinach leaves, toss them in oil, place them on parchment lined cookie sheet with enough space in between. Bake them at 250F for 15 minutes and then keep checking it till you get the desired crispiness.

      Hope this will help you out.
      And if you happen to make this then do let me know the results.


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