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Cattail Stir Fry Recipe

Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins


  • Skillet
  • Cooking Spoon
  • Sharp Knife
  • Distilled white vinegar or warm water for disinfecting - washing the shoots


  • 1-2 cups cattail shoots
  • 1 tablespoon butter or cooking oil I prefer using olive oil
  • cup onion chopped finely
  • 1 garlic clove chopped finely or a few pinches of powdered garlic
  • 1 chopped tomato optional


  • Chop the cattail shoots into chunks with a sharp knife.
    chopping cattail shoots
  • Rinse the chopped cattail chunks with distilled white vinegar or warm water to remove any bacteria or debris that was attached. Rinse in cool water after cleansing with distilled white vinegar.
  • Melt the butter or cooking oil in a skillet.
  • Place the chunks of cattail stalks, onion, and garlic in the skillet.
  • Stir fry over high heat for about five minutes.
  • When about 1 minute is left for stir frying, drop in the chopped tomato (optional).
  • Remove the skillet from the heat, and enjoy eating the wild stir fry as soon as it has cooled enough to consume.