Celery Recipes

Celery is an essential part of the Western kitchen

Bright and crunchy when raw, soft and supple when cooked, and an essential part of mirepoix—the combination of onions, carrots, and celery that forms the base of a myriad classic dishes—celery is an indispensable ingredient in our kitchen. We've rounded up our favorite celery recipes to help you make use of this versatile vegetable.

Crisp celery stands up well to quick picking. In our marinated celery and avocado salad, sliced celery and radishes are pickled in lemon juice and then tossed with avocado and kalamata olives. For a flavorful appetizer, simmer celery and shrimp until tender and lightly pickle them in a brine flavored with mirin, ginger, juniper berries, and more.

Besides using a stalk to garnish a Bloody Mary, you probably haven't given too much thought to using celery in cocktails. Celery juice, with its slightly bitter, assertive taste, is a great mixer. The Health Kick combines celery juice with aquavit, mezcal, and lime, while the Celery Tonic mixes it with Cocchi Americano, dry vermouth, lemon, and club soda.

Celery even has a place in dessert. To make an impressive vacherin, layer sponge cake with stewed rhubarb, celery semifreddo and sorbet, and crisp meringues and surround the tower with a moat of sugary rhubarb soup.

Find all of these dishes and more in our collection of celery recipes.

Marinated Celery and Avocado Salad

Marinated Celery and Avocado Salad

Crisp celery and radishes are lightly pickled in lemon juice in this salad from chef Juan Pablo Mellado Arana of Las Cabras in Santiago, which makes a perfect addition to any heavy Chilean meal.Justin Walker
Steamed Grouper in Chile Oil

Steamed Grouper in Chile Oil

Calabrian chiles and chile paste produce a fiery, brick-red oil that is spooned over delicate steamed fish, crunchy spring vegetables, and fregola, a Sardinian pasta similar to Israeli couscous.Michael Turek
Wild Rice with Dried Cherries

Wild Rice with Dried Cherries

The woodsy flavor of multi-textured wild rice is spiked with crunchy celery and sweet dried cherries in this easy-to-make yet novel side dish.Bill Phelps

Chickpea and Pasta Soup

Chickpea and Pasta Soup
This soup is a meal in and of itself, full of lots of vegetables, chickpeas, and pasta.Farideh Sadeghin
Celery Tonic

Celery Tonic

This vibrantly-hued cocktail comes to us from Northern Spy Food Co. in Manhattan—fresh celery juice adds an earthy, bright flavor to Cocchi Americano and dry vermouth.Laura Sant

Health Kick

Green Juice and Mezcal Cocktail
In this green cocktail, Los Angeles mixology consultant Matthew Biancaniello of Eat Your Drink (HarperCollins; 2015) doubles up on smoky flavors with both mezcal and grilled asparagus.Joseph de Leo
Celery and Rhubarb Vacherin

Celery and Rhubarb Vacherin

This pastel-hued dessert, from Kristen Murray of Portland, Oregon's Måurice, consists of a simple sponge cake layered with stewed rhubarb, celery semifreddo and sorbet, and crisp meringues, all surrounded by sugary rhubarb soup. Get the recipe for Celery and Rhubarb Vacherin »Joseph de Leo
Celery Martini

Celery Martini

Fresh celery and lemon juices, Lillet, celery bitters, and gin combine for a clean and vegetal cocktail with a bright green hue.Helen Rosner

Chicken Fricot

Chicken Fricot
Chicken and vegetable soup dotted with airy dumplings is a beloved Acadian comfort food. Savory—a pungent, peppery herb—adds a piney zest.Gemma and Andrew Ingalls
Seafood Bubbly Bake

Seafood Bubbly Bake

Haddock, lobster, and scallops combine in a creamy baked casserole from North Rustico Harbour's Blue Mussel Cafe; any combination of seafood—cod, clams, mussels, shrimp—will work just as well.Gemma and Andrew Ingalls
Smoked Salmon with Fromage Blanc, Chives, and Pickled Celery

Smoked Salmon with Fromage Blanc, Chives, and Pickled Celery

Pickled celery balances the subtleness of fromage blanc in a simple and elegant canapé.Helen Rosner
Endive and Roquefort Salad with Smoked Pepper Jelly and Hazelnuts

Endive and Roquefort Salad with Smoked Pepper Jelly and Hazelnuts

Green beans, herbs, endives, and pears are dressed in a sherry vinaigrette, sprinkled with Roquefort and toasted nuts, and drizzled with piquant pepper jelly in this salad from The Grain Store in London.Moe Kafer
Chicken Pot Pie

Chicken Pot Pie

Classic, comforting pot pie gets an elegant boost with the addition of shaved black truffles.Landon Nordeman
Guatemalan Composed Salad (Fiambre)

Guatemalan Composed Salad (Fiambre)

Fiambre, which means "served cold," is only eaten in Guatemala on All Saint's Day.Todd Coleman

Shaved Cauliflower and Radicchio Salad

Shaved Cauliflower and Radicchio Salad
Aleppo pepper (a tangy Middle Eastern spice), raisins, and raw cauliflower marry in this simple yet unusual salad.Joseph De Leo
Braised Celery and Tomato (Sedano e Pomodori Brasati)

Braised Celery and Tomato (Sedano e Pomodori Brasati)

Celery stalks' stringy fibers, often removed before cooking, here act as a brace to help the vegetable keep its shape through a long simmer. The result is a sweet and luscious side dish.Todd Coleman
Shrimp and Pickled Celery

Shrimp and Pickled Celery

Tender, simmered celery is paired with shrimp and lightly pickled for a uniquely flavorful appetizer.André Baranowski
Hoppin' John Soup

Hoppin' John Soup

This soup of black-eyed peas and rice, traditionally eaten on New Year's Day in the American South, makes good use of leftover holiday ham scraps.Todd Coleman
Salt-Roasted Sea Bass with Celery Salsa Verde

Salt-Roasted Sea Bass with Celery Salsa Verde

Encrusting whole fish with a salt-and-egg white mixture keeps the fish incredibly moist as it roasts.Todd Coleman
Neiman Marcus Chicken Salad

Neiman Marcus Chicken Salad

Neiman Marcus Chicken Salad, a classic department-store lunch item, gains richness from grapes, almonds, and a whipped cream dressing.Michael Kraus
Celery Stewed in Olive Oil (Céleri Barigoule)

Celery Stewed in Olive Oil (Céleri Barigoule)

This recipe simmers celery stalks in wine and olive oil with garlic, onion, and thyme.Ingalls Photography
Mother of Pearl Cocktail

Mother-of-Pearl

Brisk and aromatic, celery flavors this savory gin and tonic variation in three ways: in a salt rim, in the bitters, and in the garnish. A fennel frond adds an extra layer of perfume to the drink.Ingalls Photography
Conquistador Gin and Tonic

Conquistador

At San Francisco's Coqueta restaurant, this fruity gin and tonic is mixed with a homemade citrus-and-fennel tonic and a spiced apple-celery juice, then garnished with fragrant fennel and star anise.Ingalls Photography
Chile-Rubbed Turkey with Beet Stuffing

Chile-Rubbed Turkey with Beet Stuffing

New Mexico and arbol chiles create a sauce similar to a mole that coats the turkey, while adding spice and depth.Todd Coleman