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Easy Chinese Recipes

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You've decided to take the plunge and start cooking Chinese food. That's great! To help you get started, here are easy Chinese recipes that will give you an idea of the tastes and flavors used in Chinese cooking, without having to buy a wok. The ingredients used should be available in the ethnic or international section of most grocery stores.

1. Chinese Black Sea Bass

Sea bass roasted with black olives and thyme in plate, close-up, overhead view
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In this recipe marinated Black Sea Bass is served with a flavorful sauce with lemon juice, ginger, garlic and toasted sesame seeds. This is a good recipe for cooks who are new to Chinese cooking or just want a recipe for baked fish (instead of steaming or pan-frying, two more traditional Chinese cooking methods).

2. Cold Asparagus Salad

Rhonda Parkinson
Fresh asparagus is boiled and topped with Chinese seasonings in this simple recipe that uses only six ingredients.

3. Baked Chicken Wings

Chicken wings are coated in a sweet and spicy mixture and baked. The only unusual ingredient is hoisin sauce; you can substitute barbecue sauce if it’s not available.

4. Broccoli With Oyster Sauce

This recipe is so easy to make - just boil the sauce and pour it over broccoli that has been briefly cooked in boiling water. Either regular broccoli or Chinese broccoli (gai lan) can be used.

5. Beef Stew

Beef, carrots and tomatoes are seasoned with soy sauce and tomato paste in this hearty stew.

6. Pepper Steak

A retro dish from the 1950s and '60s, fried pepper steak is a great way to get an idea of the flavors used in Chinese cooking. This recipe uses bell peppers, fresh mushrooms and canned baby corn.

7. Oyster Sauce Chicken

Easy Oyster Sauce Chicken is a nice and easy recipe from a reader that is perfect for weeknights. The recipe calls for a whole chicken, but I found it also works quite well when I halve the recipe, using 1 1/2 pounds of chicken breast halves and half the amount of sauce.

8. Roast Honey Chicken

Here's a great recipe for Sunday night dinner - a roasting chicken is marinated in the refrigerator for several hours and then roasted in the oven. The chicken is coated with reserved marinade during roasting. The recipe calls for rock sugar, but brown sugar can be used instead. Many grocery stores carry five-spice powder in the spice section. The recipe includes instructions for telling when the chicken is done.

9. Basic Fried Rice

Here is a very simple, easy recipe for fried rice that can be made in the frying pan.

10. Quick and Easy Pineapple Fried Rice

This is a great dish for busy weeknights, that uses cooked shrimp and canned pineapple rings.

11. Almond Float

Finally, a simple dessert recipe made with gelatin and almond extract, topped with canned fruit cocktail. This dessert tastes great at any time of year - feel free to substitute seasonal fresh fruit or other canned fruits for the fruit cocktail if desired. Almond Float is the western version of a traditional Chinese recipe called “Almond Tea,” that is made with ground almonds and agar-agar.

12. 5 Minute Chocolate Dipped Fortune Cookies

A quick and easy way to add extra flavor to storebought fortune cookies.

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