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How to Cook Crispy Bean Sprouts

by
author image Todd Maternowski
Todd Maternowski began writing in 1996 as one of the co-founders of "The Chicago Criterion." He joined the local online news revolutionaries at Pegasus News in 2006, where he continues to work to this day. He studied religion at the University of Chicago.
How to Cook Crispy Bean Sprouts
Keep the sprouts crispy by lightly sauteeing them. Photo Credit Ryan McVay/Digital Vision/Getty Images

Bean sprouts, which are the edible offshoots of beans, are frequently used as a salad ingredient and a topping in sandwiches. They are highly nutritious, an excellent source of fiber, and high in both folate and vitamin C. Generally bean sprouts are eaten raw, but because raw sprouts have been linked to bacterial contamination, it is a wise idea to cook your sprouts before serving. Saute your bean sprouts to keep them crispy.

Cooking Crispy Bean Sprouts

Step 1

Purchase only fresh, crisp bean sprouts. Slimy, mushy, or stringy bean sprouts are likely wilted or contaminated by bacteria.

Step 2

Rinse sprouts thoroughly under cold water before cooking. Discard any parts of the shoots that are brown or yellowed.

Step 3

Cut off the roots.

Step 4

Fill the bottom of your saute pan with oil, fat, butter or stock, depending on the dish you are preparing.

Step 5

Heat the pan to a high heat.

Step 6

Place the sprouts in the pan. Stir or toss the sprouts frequently to prevent burning.

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Step 7

Remove the sprouts after a few minutes to maintain their crispiness, and serve.

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