How To Cook Mung Bean Sprouts

by Al Paterson


Tips and tricks before sprouting your own mung beans

To avoid a bitter taste, sprout mung beans in the dark and avoid bright light during the sprouting process.

Do mung bean sprouts need to be cooked?

No. Mung bean sprouts are different from bean sprouts. Mung bean sprouts or lçœ dòu yá (绿豆芽) are the thin edible shoots produced from sprouted mung beans. They can be eaten raw or lightly cooked, and have a crunchy texture and a subtly sweet flavor.

What is the best way to cook bean sprouts?

Simply put the raw bean sprouts in a pan, add oil and seasonings and they’ll be cooked to perfection in 5 minutes!

Should sprouted mung beans be soaked?

Do you need to soak mung beans? Nope! Mung beans are small and quick to cook compared to other beans like black beans or chickpeas, so they don’t need to be soaked before cooking.

How are bean sprouts prepared?

To sauté bean sprouts, first heat 1 tbsp (15ml) vegetable oil in a nonstick skillet over medium heat. In a bowl, combine ½ teaspoon (6 g) of salt and 2 cups (200 g) of fresh bean sprouts. Next, pour the bean sprouts into the pan. Cook them over medium heat for 5 minutes.

Why shouldn’t we boil the sprouts?

Sprouting promotes bacterial growth, so it’s best if the sprouts are cooked to kill the bacteria. Second, raw sprouts contain irritants that are deactivated by cooking. Just steam them or boil them in water until tender.

How long do mung sprouts boil?

Take two cups of water per cup of sprouts, when cooking in a covered utensil. This way it will cook a little faster, use less energy, and possibly retain more vitamins. Once the water boils, lower the heat to medium-low. The cooking process can take between 10 and 15 minutes.

Do you fry or boil bean sprouts?

Bean sprouts contain a lot of moisture. You’ll want to sear them over high heat for as short a time as possible, so they retain their crunch but don’t taste raw. Using a wok over high heat also adds a smoky flavor to the dish, making the vegetables more delicious.

Should sprouts be boiled or steamed?

Many people consume raw sprouts daily and yet have never encountered any problems. However, for your safety, put some oil in the pan and sauté the sprouts for a while to kill the bacteria or you can boil them in salted water for

Should I soak the sprouts before cooking them?

Sprouting and soaking have been shown to reduce phytic acid by allowing it to seep into the soaking water, which we then pour down the drain, making nutrients like iron and zinc more available for our body can absorb them. Soaking and sprouting can also increase the activity of enzymes that break down phytic acid.


Although sprouts are a healthy food option, they can sometimes be contaminated with harmful bacteria such as E. coli and Salmonella, which can lead to food poisoning.

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