Swiss Chard Oriental Style

Do you find that Swiss Chard is one of those vegetables that you feel you should be eating, but never do?  If I had chard at home I would often end up wasting it until I did this with it, which transformed it into something really tasty.

Oriental Swiss Chard

Oriental Swiss Chard

Whip up a quick and healthy lunch with Swiss Chard as the star ingredient.

1 head Swiss Chard
1tsp Sesame Oil
2 cloves Garlic
1 inch fresh Root Ginger
1tbls Soy Sauce (with extra to taste)
½ fresh Chilli
1tbls Coconut Cream
Juice of ½ Lime


  1. Chop the chard into 1cm pieces. Finely chop the garlic and chilli, but keep them separate from one another.


  1. Heat the oil in a non-stick pan and fry the garlic until lightly coloured.


  1. Add the chard stalks to the pan (don’t add the leaves yet). Grate over the ginger and stir fry for 5-10 minutes until the stalks have softened, but still have a little crunch.  You may need to add a little water to keep things going.


  1. Add the chard leaves and soy sauce. Stir fry for a further 5 minutes, until the leaves are properly wilted and the stalks are cooked.


  1. Stir in the coconut cream and lime juice. Taste and adjust seasoning as necessary.  Stir in the chilli and serve immediately.

In today’s picture, I cooked vines of tomatoes in the same pan.  When I got to the end of step 4 I removed the chard from the pan and added 2 tuna steaks, cooking for 2 minutes on each side.  Then I put the chard back in the pan for the final step.  It made a lovely lunch, and it only needed one pan, which saved considerably on the washing up.  My husband enjoyed it too, so it is definitely not just for health-conscious females!