Jamie Oliver's Jiggy Jiggy Greens

Weekend recipe: Jamie Oliver’s Jiggy Jiggy greens

Nikki ParkinsonFood and Wine, Life 30 Comments

We are card-carrying members of the Jamie Oliver fan club around these parts and have been since the first time he whacked up anything in the kitchen.

I even sat front row in the mid ’90s at the first-ever live shows he did in Australia. We own some of his cookware AND every cookbook he’s ever published.

So it was no surprise to Mr SY that the minute Jamie’s 15 Minute Meals hit the bookstores, we were on it.

The appeal – apart from Jamie’s philosophy of good food and fab flavours prepared with a minimum of fuss – was that if these were 15 minute meals then maybe we’d have some chance of getting food on the table in under an hour.

We were basing this on our attempts at his 30 minute meals which averaged about 90 minutes on a good night … and that was leaving off the dessert!

Anyhoo, we’ve cooked quite a few dishes from this latest offering and have firm favourites: Chorizo and Squid with Greek-Style Couscous Salad (we swap out the couscous with quinoa), Sticky Kicking Chicken with Watermelon Radish Salad and Crunchy Noodles and Seared Asian Tuna with Coconut Rice and Jiggy Jiggy Greens.

It’s those Jiggy Jiggy Greens that I’m putting front row and centre here. Because they are so damn good. Apart from edamame and wakame, these are the only greens that the entire tribe is happy to eat … without protest.

I think it’s a combination of the flavour and the texture that comes from processing or finely slicing the greens before cooking.

We’ve also altered the recipe slightly by adding in chilli and swapping Teriyaki sauce for Megachef gluten-free oyster sauce (no MSG, artificial colours or flavours … here on the Sunshine Coast I buy mine at Get Fresh, Cotton Tree). Vegetarians stick with a good quality Teriyaki sauce.

Serve up as a side to any Asian dish … or even as a barbecue side to marinated beef, fish or chicken.


Jamie Oliver's Jiggy Jiggy Greens


(serves 4-6 as a side dish)

Jamie Oliver's Jiggy Jiggy Greens recipe


1. Blitz chilli and garlic in food processor.

2. Heat sesame oil in pan, add chilli and garlic.

3. Roughly chop pak choy (or bok choy), asparagus and brocolini.  Add to food processor or Thermomix and chop until just on fine side of chunky. In the Thermomix, this is usually 2-3 seconds on speed 5. Watch not to go too far and mush it. If you don’t have a processor, then finely slice the vegetables.

4. Add greens to the pan and move around for a couple of minutes before seasoning with the oyster sauce.

5. Remove from heat and serve.

How do you like to serve up your greens? Have you tried this recipe?

PS. That gorgeous purple bowl above? The lovely people at Dinosaur Designs sent it to me as a gift. It was just begging to be contrasted with green, don’t you think?

Comments 30

  1. Damn you Ms Parkinson! It was because of this recipe that you put in my mind the “need” for a thermomix. And so with a little emptier pockets and a massive big smile, I am ready to blitz my Jiggy jiggy greens!!! Can’t wait! (and not really damn you…thank you! 🙂

    Would love to see what other TM converted recipes you’ve tried and tested!

  2. I bought the book a week or so ago but only tried these because of you Nikki….wow, it was the best meal I’ve cooked in a while. Imade the sticky chicken, the jiggy jiggy greens and the coconut rice and it was a winner all round with Miss 16 saying I had to cook this again soon. All the praise has inspired me to try a few more although 15 minutes was a bit optimistic so will allow more time but it seems I’m not alone there so feel better about that now.

    1. Yep, you can only do 15 minutes if someone preps it for you first – and don’t get me started on the number of pots and pans required so the clean up can be massive! And yes, it’s a very popular meal request in this house, Sharon, I can tell you!! xx

  3. Have bought the greens and cooking tonight. It sounds so yummy. I love vegetables and Jamie Oliver. Try his balsamic potatoes, they are devine.

      1. Jamie at home published 2007. Page 150. I think they may be on the net as well. It’s a great book, tells how to grow etc. I love it.

        I just want to say to you , Nikki, that you are fabulous with your replies to comments. I haven’t had anyone on any blog that acknowledges your readers like you do.

  4. Yum! Will definitely give this a go. I haven’t had much with meeting Jamie’s timeframes for his meals. One of his 30 min meals took me 2 hours!

  5. The Jiggy Jiggy Greens are on the menu tonight. With the dreariness of all this rain I found it quite therapeutic to finely chop the veggies by hand. Hubby laughed because that never happens. Thanks for the recipe! It bought Jamie’s book last week to add to our collection but I haven’t had a chance to go through it yet. Hope you’re a little drier today.

  6. Despite having a few of Jamie’s books, I tried my first Jamie recipe the other day – Tray Baked Salmon from the Naked Chef – and it was great! Now, I feel like I’m cooking in a love triangle, me, Nigella and Jamie! Maybe I’ll try this next, it looks really delicious!

  7. I am a huge Jamie O fan and have most of his books. like you i can’t get a whole meal out in 15 or 30 minutes. we love kicky sticky chicken. So I’m happy to give these greens a try.

  8. So glad it’s not just me that multiplies by 3 the cooking time for Jamie’s recipes 🙂 Living in a house full of peeps (teenagers) that don’t eat asparagus (just because it apparently makes their wee smell) – what would you substitute? Looks delicious

    1. Definitely not you Leigh … and that asparagus thing, it’s SO true … within minutes of eating it. There’s a scientific reason for it too but I forget what it is. You could substitute sugar snap or snow peas or beans I’d say.

  9. Love the Dinosoar Designs bowl with the greens inside ,it looks amazing ,yes I am a fan of Jamie Oliver I have his 30 minute meal book and love it,I will try this recipe soon it looks very yummy,But I like my veggies ,I also am becoming a fan Of Nigella Lawson,she is so stunning and the way she describes food is totally decadent ,love her simple yet tasty dishes.I love trying new recipes and seeing how the family like them.This one looks like a winner!

    1. Do it! And like I’ve done here, you don’t have to do the entire meal … just bits of the meal. The Sticky Kicking Chicken I mentioned? I often just do the chicken bit and have with whatever sides are going – the family loves it!

  10. Oh Nikki, that looks and sounds so good. Thanks for sharing and I will definitely be trying that asap. I too really like Jamie’s style of cooking – I think he makes good food so accessible. It always helps to have a nice bowl too!

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