What to do with leftover beansprouts

Beansprouts don’t usually last too long once the packet has been opened. But, these crunchy, white sprouts add a new texture and flavour to many meals, not just stir fries.

So, give that leftover handful of beansprouts a new lease of life with these recipes and ideas.

What to do with leftover beansprouts

Recipes using beansprouts 

How to use up leftover beansprouts 

  • Crunchy garnish
    Top Asian soups or salads with a scattering of washed beansprouts, or add to stir-fries for the last minute of cooking.
  • Quick pickle
     Dissolve equal parts rice vinegar and sugar in a pan over a low heat with a splash of water. Finely slice beansprouts, carrots and deseeded cucumbers, put in a bowl, then pour over the vinegar mix.  Leave to cool, then store in jars in the fridge for up to three days.
  • Lettuce wraps
    Stir-fry minced chicken or pork with fresh ginger, garlic, soy sauce and chilli.  Spoon onto iceberg lettuce leaves, then top with sliced carrot and spring onions, beansprouts and chopped peanuts.  Serve with lime wedges to squeeze over.

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