Tom Yum Spinach Stir Fry

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Tom yum spinach stir fry

Tom yum spinach stir fry

I’m excited to share this beautiful tom yum spinach stir fry which I learned from my daughter! I have been very busy lately and didn’t had much time to cook. One day my daughter went on an experiment spree in my kitchen! When she found a bottle of tom yum paste in the fridge, she was so delighted and tried it on spinach. Oh wow…I have to admit it was very delicious. Best of all it was so simple and really quick to cook, maybe a minute or two only. Keeping my fingers crossed that they will be better cooks than me so that I can relax…haha

Tom yum paste

Tom yum paste

Tom yum is a very popular ingredient in Thai cuisine. It’s hard work making it from scratch. I usually just use the ready paste, especially in making hot pot soup. You can easily get this paste from any Asian shops. This is the brand that I use. Thai food is just beautiful! My family loves Thai food.

Spinach leaves

Spinach leaves

Spinach is a very tender and delicious vegetable. It is a very healthy vegetable, full of vitamins and minerals. However it’s best to eat it raw as in salad or added to other vegetables to make juice as I read that when cooked, the oxalic acid in the spinach crystallises and is not very good for health. You can read more on that. I don’t eat it very often and if I do, I usually just go for a very quick stir fry or in salad.

The recipe is very simple and easy.

250g spinach leaves
1T tom yam paste
1/2 t sea salt
fried garlic oil

Heat up some garlic oil in a frying pan. Add the spinach and give a quick stir fry. Turn off the heat and add the tom yam paste and sea salt. Mix well, dish up and serve hot with rice. I’m happy just to have this with rice. If you like more kick to it, you can add some chili oil to spice it up.

tom yum spinach stir fry

tom yum spinach stir fry

What is your favourite Thai dish? Please share, add and comment in the comment box below.

Other Thai food that you may be interested in:
Thai Chicken Coconut Soup
Galangal Chicken Soup
Pumpkin, Prawns And Coconut Soup (Thai)
Thai Beef Butternut Squash Soup
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tasteofbeirut  on June 11th, 2010

We love Thai food too and now you got me all intrigued about this paste; I will be on the lookout for it!

tigerfish  on June 11th, 2010

Hey, I have never tried Tom Yum with Spinach before! A creative talented cook (your daughter) in the making….:D ..other than making Tom Yum Soup, I use Tom Yum paste to fry rice too…very yummy.

Angie's Recipes  on June 11th, 2010

Spinach in Tom Yum!! Mary this is just creative and delicious! Must look out for the sauce to try!

Elin  on June 11th, 2010

Mary..this is something new. Should be delicious and I will definitely try it with the tom yum paste ! Thanks for the idea :))

Mary  on June 11th, 2010

@tasteofbeirut - Give this tom yum paste a try. Makes cooking Thai food easy :D

@tigerfish - Oooh…great idea I’m going to make fried rice with this paste next. My children are going to be delighted! This time it’s their turn to learn from me…haha :D

@Angie’s Recipes - Thanks very much, Angie! I love it. Hope you love it too. Have fun cooking :D

@Elin - Looks like there are many ways to use this tom yum paste. I have to find our more…need more creative juices…haha :D

somewhere in singapore  on June 11th, 2010

I hardly eat this veg, i prefer kangkong…

anncoo  on June 11th, 2010

WOW Mary! Your daughter is really very creative. Never thought of using spinach in Tom yum. I think next time can also add kangkung,more crunchy… ;DD

Cheah  on June 11th, 2010

Never thought of stir-fry with tom yum paste. That reminds me, there’s still some tom yum paste sitting in the fridge!

Sidney  on June 11th, 2010

wow…u able to think of that….normally, i will cook with sambal paste (specially made by my grandma)…i will try ur recipe one day

Nasi Lemak Lover  on June 11th, 2010

simple and yummy!

shirley@køkken69  on June 11th, 2010

The Spinach is one of my favourite vegetables. This is new! I have never thought of frying spinach with Tom Yam - can’t wait to try it out this weekend!

zurin  on June 11th, 2010

Wow wow wowie!!! ur daughter invented teh recipe! how lucky u are. it definitely looks to die for. spinach is my FAVE veggie. m getting hungry…our dinner is still simmering. n that veggie dish is not helping starve off the hunger. must try :))

kristy  on June 11th, 2010

Normally cooking the paste with kangkong and not spinach! hehe… Sometimes, spinach is really difficult to match with some cooking ingredients huh! Non of my family members like spinach! Hope you’re having a wonderful day!
Blessings, Kristy

Katty  on June 11th, 2010

I need to eat more spinach and am very interested to try it your way. I’ll try to find the brand of paste you showed in our Asian grocery. I love so many Thai dishes but especially love tom ka gai and laab/larb.

Happy weekend to you, Miss Mary! Thanks for the new recipe!

Belinda @zomppa  on June 11th, 2010

You’ve got a smart daughter!!

Catherine  on June 11th, 2010

I LOVE Tom Yum, bbbrrrlll (dribbling).
Thanks for the recipe, I always thought we needed massive of different vegetables, so this is definitely easier.

Priya  on June 11th, 2010

Very interesting and yummy stir fry..

TasteHongKong  on June 11th, 2010

Though a simple dish, obviously your daughter has shown her potential as a talented cook : ).

Julia  on June 11th, 2010

When I was in college, I used to add a spoon of tom yum to scrambled eggs… I like this idea a lot too!

Treat and Trick  on June 11th, 2010

Sounds so simple and tasty stir fry, thanks to your daughter for introducing this great dish…

Drick  on June 11th, 2010

now that is a quick dinner - leave it to the younguns to come up with the new stuff, thank goodness, huh!!!

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella  on June 11th, 2010

That looks great! So simple yet so healthy and tasty at the same time! :)

sushma mallya  on June 11th, 2010

That looks really healthy…

Joanne  on June 11th, 2010

I love finding innovative ways to use up the bottles and jars in my fridge! Awesome idea. Your daughter is well on her way to becoming a budding chef!

divya  on June 11th, 2010

wow.. looks amazing!! great pics too…

Catherine  on June 11th, 2010

What a wonderful dish! Wow, my mouth is watering and now I’m craving some Tom Yum Spinach Stir Fry! :)

lequan@luvtoeat  on June 11th, 2010

Spinach is my usual veggie to cook as it is easy and fast but I prefer Chinese water spinach (kangkong?). What a creative dish your daughter made, I really like this!
I don’t know if I have a favorite Thai dish as all of them are very good :-P Thank you for sharing that recipe. I love quick and simple recipes as I don’t have much time to cook with a little koala bear clinging to me ;-)

Cook with Madin  on June 11th, 2010

Hi Mary, lovely dish and simple too, but I’m sure it taste great. I will try this, I will get myself a jar of Tom Yum paste. I love eating spinach. My favorite Thai dish is the Mee Krob salad, I like the crunchy noodles. Unfortunately most Thai Restaurants around our area, took this dish out from their menu.

tofuandcollards  on June 11th, 2010

I love Thai Food!!! And even more Tom Yum Koong :P I haven’t had it in a very long time though, because I am a vegan now. So I am SO grateful that you posted this Tom Yum Spinach recipe! I will try this for sure YUMMY!!! Thanks for sharing :)

Mary  on June 11th, 2010

@somewhere in singapore - Oooh, I love kangkong, espeically fried with garlic or with belachan but seldom see it here. If there is, it has more stems than leaves :(

@anncoo - I wish I can get nice kangkong here! So far I have never bought it here. They are so slender, just so full of stems and tiny slender leaves. Maybe I should plant them :P Well, I hope my daughter cooks more, so that I can shake legs…haha :D

@Cheah - Aha….you can enjoy tom yum vege! Let me see what vege you are going to use. Looks like kang kong is very popular among the readers! :D

@Sidney - Ooooh….I will be in cloud 9 with sambal paste… and made by your grandma….I’ll be in cloud 10…haha! :D Actually is there cloud 10?…..LOL.

@Nasi Lemak Lover - Thanks very much, Sonia! :D

@shirley@køkken69 - Have fun cooking! I hope you like it :D

@zurin - Surprise…surprise….not bad huh! I think hunger can drive people to hunt and create! :D Oooops…sorry to make you hungry. I think we bloggers all face the same problem…visiting blogs at the wrong time…LOL :D

@kristy - Ya, but poor me, can’t get kang kong easily here :( Just thought maybe I should try to get some seeds and plant here, but then I don’t have green fingers! You know all my neighbours’ gardens are very beautiful except mine! I’m just very thankful that the grass still stays green…hehe :D

@Katty - Thanks for sharing your favourite Thai dishes. I love all the spices used which give beautiful flavour and taste. Hope you can find the tom yum paste there. have fun cooking :D
Thanks very much for visiting and lovely comment, Katty!

@Belinda @zomppa - Haha…looks like she’s smarter than me! My husband would be very happy to hear that…haha :D

@Catherine - Me, too. I always thought I need to add lots of other stuff and seasonings but I have learned that it is equally delicious made simple. I have to thank my daughter for it :D Thanks very much for visiting and lovely comment, Catherine!

@Priya - Thanks very much, Priya! :D

@TasteHongKong - Phew…what a relief she is learning! :D I hope she learns more, especially food for meal time.

@Julia - Oooh, thanks very much for sharing, Julia! :D That must be very delicious. I have to try that since I love eggs very much.

@Treat and Trick - Indeed it was so super simple and easy! Can’t be any simpler. I’m thankful to my daughter too :D

@Drick - Totally agree with you! When they are hungry, they will know how to hunt and create and mommy will just sit and enjoy…haha :D

@Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella - Thanks very much, Lorraine! :D

@sushma mallya - Thanks very much, Sushma! :D

@Joanne - Ooops…I still have a few jars of different sauces in my fridge! I have to try and use them up. Yes, I hope my daughter will cook well…at least to cook for mommy….haha :D

@divya - Thanks very much, Divya! :D

@Catherine - Looks like it time for you to cook :P All you need is spinach and tom yum paste…can’t be any simpler. Hope you pamper yourself soon :D

@lequan@luvtoeat - Not sure about your place but I’m quite disappointed that I can’t get nice kang kong here like back home. Aha….we are in the same boat…love all the Thai food! LeQuan, I’m amused that you describe your little daughter as a little koala bear…haha :D One day, like me, you will miss all those clinging from her! So just enjoy it as much as you can….count it as fun even if you can’t cook :D

@Cook with Madin - Thanks very much for visiting and lovely comment, Madin! :D Wonder why most Thai restaurants there took out that particular dish…strange. Looks like you have to cook yourself then. Give a try and share with us on your blog! have fun cooking and blogging :D

@tofuandcollards - Thanks very much for visiting and lovely comment! Now I’m so glad I posted this dish where you can enjoy :D Have fun cooking!

XiaoYen  on June 11th, 2010

What a wonderful combo. I love tom yum and even have a box of tom yum packaged noodles :)

Julie Lynn  on June 11th, 2010

My favorite Thai dish is Pad Thai. Love the sweet, salty, spicy flavors.

It’s so special that you learned this recipe from you daughter. It looks yummy.

Magic of Spice  on June 11th, 2010

Looks just wonderful!

Faith  on June 11th, 2010

What a beautiful, healthy dish! Your daughter is an excellent cook!

Lyndsey  on June 11th, 2010

I want a jar! This looks great! My daughter never cared much for spinach, but she eats so many other healthy dishes I don’t mind. I can use it by little bits, so won’t know. It so nice your daughter is creative and eats healthy!

Devaki  on June 11th, 2010

Dear Mary - I would never have thought to put the spinach with tom yum paste and it looks great!

Thanks for this great recipe :)

momgateway  on June 11th, 2010

love this vegetarian tom yum with lots of spinach. Thanks Mary!

shahana  on June 11th, 2010

Had seen this tom yum paste in the grocery store.But never knew how to use it.Thanks for the recipe.

5 Star Foodie  on June 11th, 2010

The spinach stir fry sounds so flavorful and super delicious with tom yum paste!

Mary  on June 11th, 2010

How nice to have an “associate” in the kitchen. She really does a wonderful job. This dish sounds really great. I hope you both are having a wonderful day. Blessings…Mary

Padhu  on June 12th, 2010

Such a simple and delicious recipe.You daughter is very innovative

pigpigscorner  on June 12th, 2010

Looks so delicious! I love tom yum paste, I use it to fry pasta and other stir-fries.

Stella  on June 12th, 2010

Hey Mary, I’m too slow for you! I can’t keep up with your post speed (smile).
I know I always tell you this, but you make the kind of real home food I want, Mary. This dish looks so delicious and guilt free. Just how I like it…

skip to malou  on June 12th, 2010

i use the same paste as you do… and it’s always a hit whenever i cook it making me like an expert in thai cooking but the real secret is in this jar… hahaha.. but never tried it with spinach yet but thinking about it makes me want some now hahaha..

Tasty Trix  on June 12th, 2010

This is crave-worthy! Healthy, flavorful, spicy … everything I love.

elra  on June 12th, 2010

Looks delicious Mary!

Jeannie  on June 12th, 2010

Never thought of cooking spinach this way! Must give it a try! I love the sourish taste of tom yam!

Sophie  on June 12th, 2010

A lovely combo of fine real flavours & colours!!

Tasty food!

Sidney  on June 12th, 2010

haha…i don’t think there is cloud 10…unfortunately, the sambal can’t last long because no preservatives added…if can, i will try to send you a bottle…i think now you are craving for sambal…hehehe :)

Christine @ Fresh Local and Best  on June 12th, 2010

How nice that your daughter pitches in, and with something so creative! I love the spicy sour savory flavors of tom yum, and this looks like a great dish.

El  on June 12th, 2010

Looks amazing!

Mary  on June 13th, 2010

@XiaoYen - Wow…is there instant tom yum noodles?? Now I feel like living in the stone age…haha :D I’ll have to find out. Maybe I can find that in some Asian shops here. I can have that once in a while.

@Julie Lynn - Oooh…that’s my favourite too. If I list down, I think every dish is my favourite…haha :D I think sometimes it’s good to make food simple. It can be very delicious too :D

@Magic of Spice - Thanks very much! :D

@Faith - Thanks very much, Faith! :D

@Lyndsey - Thanks very much, Lyndsey! It’s awesome to know your daughter loves vegetables :D That’s very rare these days. You have trained her very well!

@Devaki - Thanks very much, Devaki! Give a try. have fun cooking :D

@momgateway - You are most welcome. Hope you like this one. Have fun cooking! :D

@shahana - This paste makes cooking Thai dish really easy. Give a try. Hope you like it. Have fun cooking! :D

@5 Star Foodie - It is my favourite now…..both to cook and to eat :D

@Mary - Haha….that’s right! :D But most of the time, she can’t be found! She only cooks when she feels like it. When she does it, it usually turns out well. She must have thought through well before she tries :D

@Padhu - Thanks very much, Padhu! :D

@pigpigscorner - Ooooh….I’m going to try with pasta or noodles, too. Sounds very delicious….mmmm. Thanks for sharing! :D

@Stella - Haha… can enjoy the pictures first! :D I don’t have much patience in the kitchen so I only do simple, easy and quick cooking most of the time. I love all the short cuts to cooking :D

@skip to malou - Haha….beautiful description….expert cook! Now you make me feel like one! :D I better use more then…haha

@Tasty Trix - Thanks very much! :D

@elra - Thanks very much, Elra! :D

@Jeannie - I never thought of that, too. Now I can try with other vegetables. Hope you like it. Have fun cooking! :D

@Sophie - Thanks very much, Sophie! :D

@Sidney - Oooops….haha! :D Maybe I should create that cloud 10…haha. Awwww….thanks very much, Sidney. That’s so sweet and kind of you. Appreciate very much. But PLEASE DON’T…’s very expensive to send. I’ll eat a lot one day when I get to visit you :D I wish I can cook like your grandma and your parents! well….keep learning keep smiling!

@Christine @ Fresh Local and Best - I’m very glad that my daughter cooked this…rather unexpected…something so simple and delicious :D Hope she tries more.

@El - Thanks very much, El! :D

3hungrytummies  on June 13th, 2010

Oh soon she will be a great cook just like you!

pierre  on June 13th, 2010

i am licky my 3 teens love spinach I should try this one !!
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Carla  on June 13th, 2010

That is beautiful and definately worth a try. I love, love, love Thai food, though I think my absolute favorite is Tom Kha Gai. I’ve made it from scratch myself, however not in the last year since blogging. Guess I’ll have to do that soon.

Mary  on June 13th, 2010

@3hungrytummies - I hope she will be a better cook than me so that I can retire and enjoy her food :D

@pierre - Hope they like it. Have fun cooking :D

@Carla - Thanks very much, Carla! :D Wow….you are just amazing to make it from scratch! With all the herbs and spices, it’s very challenging to do so, especially when time is lacking. But nothing beats homemade!

penny aka jeroxie  on June 13th, 2010

yum yum tom yum!

sweetlife  on June 14th, 2010

your daughter did a great job, it looks wonderful..I will have to try to find some Tom yum paste


noobcook  on June 14th, 2010

I have a bottle of tom yum paste in the kitchen and it never occured to me to stir fry with veg. Your daughter is really creative! Looks so good, I must try it some day :D

PJ  on June 14th, 2010

So sweet of ur daughter to experiment.This recipe looks superb!!!

Chaya  on June 14th, 2010

Your daughter, obviously created a dish that delights. Why not name it after her?

Ananda  on June 16th, 2010

I love Tom-Yum, have big bottle of paste waiting for me, will it a try soon! greenness and orange…beautiful!

Mimi  on June 16th, 2010

Funny I have the same dream about my daughters cooking. this looks like a great way to eat spinach.

Mary  on June 23rd, 2010

@penny aka jeroxie - Thanks very much, Penny! :D

@sweetlife - Give a try. It’s very easy to make a delicious dish. I love it! :D

@noobcook - I hope you like it. Have fun cooking! :D

@PJ - Thanks very much, PJ! :D

@Chaya - Aha…great idea….never thought of that! She would be delighted :D Thanks very much for suggesting!

@Ananda - Thanks very much, Ananda! have fun cooking :D

@Mimi - Let’s hope our girls will become great cooks so that we can sit and relax and enjoy their food…haha :D

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