Asian Style Purslane and Garlic Saute


Purslane Sauted in Olive Oil

Perk up Dinner with a Nutritious Weed!

by Kimberly Hartke

Here is another recipe inspired by a conversation with a farmer, Mike Tabor of Licking Creek Bend Farm. When I visited his farm a few summers ago for a tomato picking party, he toured us through his organic vegetable fields and pointed out a large weed. He said, this is purslane, and it is a very nutritious weed, very high in omega 3’s.

Last week, a farmer at the farmers market in Reston had a laundry basket full of purslane. I recognized it instantly, as it has very distinctive small fleshy leaves on a large tubular stem(it is a succulent).

I found a recipe on the internet for Stir Fried Purslane-Asian Style. I modified it somewhat to remove the sugar, and use olive oil and traditionally fermented soy sauce.

Here is my version:

Asian Style Purslane and Garlic Saute

Serves 4


1  bunch purslane
1 tablespoon olive oil
3 cloves garlic, sliced lengthwise
1 tablespoon traditionally fermented soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon oriental sesame oil

If you’d like to try the high quality cooking oils I use, see my Resources page.


Wash the purslane,  and trim off the roots and tough lower ends of stems. put in a vegetable spinner to dry.

Heat oil and saute garlic and purslane on low heat. Remove purslane from pan and chop into bite size pieces. Add soy sauce, sesame oil and mix. Serve.

Keith and I loved the sour flavor of the purslane, we eat a lot of leafy greens and this one really pops as unique and different. I also learned from Mike that in Africa, purslane is used in a traditional stew. If anyone knows the recipe, I would love to try it!

Another Fun Farm Field Event at Licking Creek Bend Farm


Licking Creek Bend Farm

By the way, Mike and his farm crew need help again this year, and they are hosting another farm field event on Saturday and Sunday, July 23, 24. He is inviting able bodied, energetic folks to come help with numerous farm tasks, weeding the fields, thinning the orchard trees, staking and tying up tomato vines.

You are welcome to come out Friday or Saturday night, pitch a tent and help on Saturday and/or Sunday. He has a beautiful creek running through the farm so be sure and take a bathing suit.

It is a two hour drive to Mike’s farm so to do a day trip plan to leave by 7:00am. Please, no small children!

See details on this flyer LICKING CREEK BEND FARM WORK DAY JULY 23 AND CSA-1.

See more photos of this beautiful organic fruit and veggie farm. Who knows, while you are weeding you mind find some purslane!

This post is part of the Hartke is Online! Weekend Gourmet blog carnival, where you will find more whole and natural food recipes.


  1. […] hand just for show. I noticed several purslane plants and pointed out to him that I recently put a sauteed purslane recipe on my blog because it is perfectly edible weed, especially when it crops up in an organic garden […]

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