Here's how to add sea cucumber to your diet.

Decided sea cucumber is right for you, but not ready to commit to a supplement? Here are three easy ways to get more sea cucumber in your diet.

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1. Soup.

One of the most popular ways to cook sea cucumber is also one of the simplest.

In soup, sea cucumber can be prepared either with the skin or without it, but it’s most common to remove the skin. Be sure to treat the sea cucumber as a protein, rather than preparing it with the vegetables.

The meat is similar in texture to clam, and doesn’t have a strong flavor. That makes it important to choose a soup with a strong flavor to add it to, and season well for the best results.

2. Stir fry.

Sea cucumber stir fry is another popular dish in Asian cuisine.

Choose a protein – ideally chicken, pork, or beef – to add to your stir fry with the sea cucumber. Simply sauté your protein along with garlic and green onion, and then add your favorite vegetables (we like leeks, mushrooms, peppers, and baby corn!). Add the sea cucumber last, along with spices and cornstarch to thicken.

Just like the soup, be sure to season this dish generously. For a classic stir fry, include:

  • Oyster sauce
  • Soy sauce
  • Sesame oil

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3. Braised sea cucumber.

Only the best for last. Braised sea cucumber is an Asian delicacy, traditionally saved for the Chinese New Year.

Next to the sea cucumber, the heroes of this dish are Chinese cabbage and shiitake mushrooms. Wash all three thoroughly, and cook slowly over low heat in a large pot.

Add cooking wine, oyster sauce, chicken bouillon cubes and sautéed garlic for flavor, and let simmer until soft.

It’s that simple!

Sources: Yummly, Wok & Kin

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