How Do You Reduce Waste? Onion Top Stir Fry Recipe
Welcome to my Onion Top Stir Fry Recipe and my story about how reducing waste led me to try cooking onion tops in the first place. Click here to jump on down to the recipe. Scroll down to read my story or to share your own advice about reducing waste in the comment section at the bottom.
I once heard a radio interview with a couple who had managed to only fill a single garbage bag in a whole year. They bought goods with very little packaging, they composted and they reduced waste in all its forms.
I don’t compost. I don’t even have a garden (read here to find out about my most recent sad sad gardening attempts).
So when Herndon Farms sent me a huge box of their Lil’ Bo’s Petite Sweet Vidalia Onions with tops attached, I cringed thinking about what that wasteless couple would say if they saw me fill a garbage bag to the brim in moments, and worse, fill it with something potentially useful.
I couldn’t toss all those onion tops. I had to come up with a way to use them up.
I discovered that the onion tops could be simmered in water for 5 minutes to yield a full-flavored vegetable broth. I also added whole tops to soups and stews for flavor, fishing them out before serving.
And I found out that if the onion tops were chopped and blanched slightly they could be blended into this pungently delicious pesto.
Since the quick-blanching made them tender enough to blend, I wondered if another quick-cooking method would make them tender enough to eat whole.
A new stir fry recipe was born.
This onion top stir fry recipe is quick and easy and has become my favorite Asian side dish lately.
- 1 tsp. toasted sesame seeds
- 1 tsp. low-sodium soy sauce
- 1 tsp. honey
- 3 Lil Bo’s Petite Sweet Vidalia Onion Tops (or the greens from 12 spring onions)
- 1 Tbsp. vegetable oil
- In a small bowl combine the sesame seeds, soy sauce and honey. Set aside.
- Cut the green parts of the onion tops in 2 inch pieces. When you get closer to the whites, thinly slice them.
- Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add the onion tops and cook, stirring continuously, just until some bits are as brown as the peel on a homemade French fry, about 4-5 minutes.
- Remove the skillet from the heat. Stir in the honey mixture and serve.
Now tell me, what do you do to reduce waste in your home? Do you have tricks for other kitchen scraps? Scroll down to the comments to let me know about it and to see what ideas others have shared.
Disclosure: Herndon Farms paid me to develop two recipes for them and to photograph the recipes. This is not, however, one of the recipes I submitted to them. I was therefore not paid to develop this recipe. This is a recipe that I created for myself. But I thought you’d want to know that money has exchanged hands between this company and me, and onions. They sent me a big box of onions, some of which I used to come up with this recipe.