How to cook nopales (cactus): a perfect meaty veggie for vegan dishes. Awesome in Mexican-inspired meals or tossed with a little chimichurri!
nopales, vegan dinner
3clovesof garlicsmashed, optional
Pick nopales paddles that are flexible but not soft. They should give a little but not TOO much. Smaller paddles are more tender.
Remove knobs and spines with a knife or peeler. See post for greater detail. Trim the edges about 1/4" and the base about 1/2". Wash and then cut into strips or squares, as you desire.
Two options for cooking. First: bring a pot of salted water with a couple smashed cloves of garlic to boil. Add prepared nopales and let boil about 15-20 minutes, or until tender and gelatinous substance has seeped out. Drain and use as desired.
Second option: Place a medium skillet over medium-high heat on the stove and add a bit of oil. Add cactus and a pinch of salt and cook for a couple minutes. Reduce heat to medium and cover. Let sweat and cook 20 minutes, or until clear substance has evaporated. Use as desired.
See post for more detail on choosing, preparing, and cooking nopales.
How to cook nopales (cactus)
Amount Per Serving (4 g)
Calories 34Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.