May 18, 2024


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50 Amazing Stir Fry Recipes for a Quick & Delicious Dinner


When you need a quick and easy dinner, there is nothing better than stir fry! Find all the best stir fry recipes for chicken, beef, pork, turkey, tofu, vegetables, rice, noodles, and more.

Discover a zesty and flavorful dinner idea that you can cook in minutes! These are the best stir fry recipes you will ever find, and all of them are just as good for you as they are delicious.

Not only are they nutritious, but stir fry is a fantastic way to use up any leftover meat or veggies that you have in your refrigerator. If you think that the only things in a stir fry are meat, rice, and some mushrooms, then you are in for a real treat.

It is really fun – and easy – to make a meal with any type of vegetables that you have lying around.

Check out the following list of the best stir fry recipes and find some new dinner ideas to make! I’ll be sharing recipes made with:

  • Chicken
  • Beef
  • Turkey
  • Pork
  • Tofu
  • Vegetables
  • Rice and Noodles

When you find a recipe you love, click through to the original recipe and pin that to Pinterest so you can find it later!

Chicken stir fry recipes including orange chicken, pineapple chicken, hoisin chicken, and sesame chicken.

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Best Chicken Stir Fry Dishes

If you have ever visited a Hibachi grill or a Chinese restaurant, then you already know how popular chicken recipes are. It’s easy to understand why.

Chicken is is a great base (and full of protein) that soaks up the flavors it’s cooked in. Plus, chicken cooks really quickly, so your food will be ready in just a few minutes!

These are the best chicken stir fry recipes you will make – and all of them are so different from each other that you won’t feel like you are repeating meals.

Pineapple Chicken Stir Fry

Satiate your sweet tooth with this scrumptious meal! Pineapple chicken stir fry has a mouth-watering combination of flavors. Not only does the pineapple sweeten it naturally, but it is also covered in a salty and tangy sauce that you can drizzle on top of cauliflower rice.

Chicken and Cabbage

This delicious gluten-free stir fry is so tasty that you’ll forget it is healthy. Chicken and cabbage stir fry can be made in less than 20 minutes! The combination of honey and sriracha is an incredible duo as the sweetness from the honey cuts into the powerful heat from the sriracha. You don’t even need rice with this recipe!

Chicken and Asparagus

If you are looking for a meal to make in the spring, then this chicken and asparagus stir fry is perfect! Asparagus is a spring vegetable, and when you stir fry it, the texture is perfectly crispy. Top it all with black sesame seeds for a finishing touch of salty and nutty flavors.

Sheet Pan Asian Chicken

You don’t even need a skillet for this next recipe. Sheet pan chicken stir fry cooks in the oven while you do other things. Just looking at this recipe will make you hungry! The sheet pan is filled to the brim with a rainbow of colors.

Customize it with your favorite types of veggies. Plus, the oyster sauce brings this recipe to new heights – it’s tangy, salty, and bursting with umami flavors.

Chicken and Broccoli Stir Fry

Dinner will be ready in 15 minutes! This super-fast chicken stir fry recipe is made with pantry staples. Even though this recipe is basically chicken and broccoli, the sauce is made with really easy-to-find ingredients. Plus, you can use leftover rotisserie chicken or chicken thigh meat.

If you like spicy recipes, add more red pepper flakes. It really brings out the other flavors in the stir fry sauce.

Peanut Chicken

Are you a fan of pad Thai? This peanut chicken stir fry has a lot of similar flavors! The best thing about this chicken stir fry recipe is that it uses ground chicken – not chicken breasts like in the other recipes in this list.

It is also made with real peanut butter. If you don’t like peanut butter (or are allergic), then use almond butter. It gives the dish an incredible nutty flavor!

Easy Orange Chicken

Instead of reaching the popular takeout fried version of this classic dish, make your own healthier Orange Chicken at home. This dish is made with chicken breast, fresh broccoli, and a delicious sweet and savory orange sauce.

While this dish isn’t cooked with classic stir fry techniques and it is finished in the oven, it’s too good not to include.

Spicy Skillet Hoisin Chicken

If you have never had hoisin sauce before, its almost like a Chinese barbecue sauce with sweet, salty, and smoky flavors. For this quick Spicy Hoisin Chicken, you can get dinner on the table in less than 20 minutes.

Pair it with some steamed rice, quinoa, cauliflower rice, or stir fried veggies for an easy and delicious takeout inspired meal at home.

Egg Roll Bowl

Although technically not a stir-fry recipe, this dish is too good not to include. If you love egg rolls, this Egg Roll Bowl has all the same great flavor, just without the deep fried wrapper.

Make it with ground chicken or turkey. Then all you need is shredded cabbage, carrots, garlic, ginger, and soy sauce. It’s also great for meal prep.

Healthy Sesame Chicken

This lightened up version of Sesame Chicken is stir fried in a skillet and then finished in the oven for a healthier version of the classically deep fried dish.

It can be cooked with or without vegetables and ranks up there as one of my kids favorite meals.

Beef stir fry recipes including Mongolian beef, beef and broccoli, Moo Shu beef, and beef and bok choy.

Best Beef Stir Fry Recipes

I love to cook with beef when I can. It’s juicy and delicious (not to mention full of protein and iron!). Even so, enjoying some tender cuts of beef can be a welcome treat. These are some of my favorite ways to cook beef stir fry. As you read through this list, you’ll find recipes that have sauces that bring out the bold steak flavors.

Beef and Cabbage

You don’t need rice or noodles when you have cabbage. It only takes 15 minutes to make this beef stir fry. It’s an amazing Korean recipe sweetened with brown sugar and spiced with ginger and sriracha. When you use both rice vinegar and sesame oil, you also bring out the nutty and earthy flavors for which Korean flavors are known.

You just can’t go wrong with this easy beef stir fry recipe. In fact, it is so easy to make that it is a fantastic one for beginning cooks.

Beef and Bok Choy

Bok choy and mushrooms are both classic Chinese vegetables. Combine them with beef and this amazing sauce, and you have one of the best beef stir fry recipes you have ever made. In fact, if you haven’t cooked bok choy before, this is a perfect place to start. I shared some of my best tips so you’ll have all the information you need.

The oyster sauce is the perfect thing to add to the tender sirloin steak strips. It really brings out the savory flavors in the meat. Garnish with scallions and sesame seeds for a fancy dinner that is ready in minutes.

Moo Shu Beef Stir Fry

Tender beef strips cooked to perfection with cabbage taste as good as takeout. You are going to love this moo shu beef stir fry so much that it will become a regular part of your meal planning. Even though moo shu is usually made with pork, I discovered that these classic flavors are also delicious with steak.

The secret to this incredible stir fry is the hoisin sauce. It is both sweet and salty with the perfect balance of umami flavors. Add in the shredded cabbage slaw mix, and dinner is ready to be served!

Healthy Beef and Broccoli

Beef and broccoli is one of the most iconic stir fry dishes there is! This classic dish is lightened up with less sugar and oil than the typical preparation. But trust me, no one will ever guess this is a Healthy Beef and Broccoli.

Healthy Mongolian Beef

Another lightened up version of a classic Chinese stir fry dish, this Mongolian Beef is a favorite among readers. The sauce is everything you expect to find in this dish. It’s sweet, it’s savory, and it has a touch of spice.

This version is made with lean sliced sirloin steak, but any stir fry friendly beef works.

Pork stir fry recipes including fried rice, hoisin pork, General Tso

Easy Pork Stir Fry Meals

The best type of pork to use in a stir fry is the tenderloin. This is the leanest cut of pork and the easiest to cook with.

I’ve heard of people interchangeably using pork tenderloin and chicken breast, so that’s a pretty safe bet if you don’t have pork. Plus, pork is a type of meat that soaks up the flavors around it, which makes it a fantastic addition to your next stir fry!

Hoisin Pork and Vegetable Stir Fry

Super-tender cuts of pork combine with crispy broccoli for one incredible recipe. Hoisin pork stir fry bursts with flavors and tastes amazing with your favorite side dishes. Although, you might not need any sides since this is basically an entire dinner in one pan.

The secret to this incredible stir fry is the lime juice! Trust me, and use fresh lime. It will brighten up this healthy recipe and make it so delicious that you’ll go for seconds.

Pork Fried Cauliflower Rice

This lightened up version of pork fried rice is made with cauliflower! Starting with store bought or homemade cauliflower rice, you can make the most delicious fried rice.

This version uses ground pork to keep things quick and easy but sliced pork tenderloin or leftover pork would work as well. Just stir fry it until it is nice and crispy.

General Tso’s Pork

Instead of making deep fried pork, make this stir fried version of General Tso’s Pork with lean pork tenderloin and broccoli. It comes together in less than 30 minutes with a tasty sauce, crispy pork, and tender broccoli florets.

Pork Fried Rice

When you think about stir-fries, you may not automatically think of fried rice. However fried rice is basically a stir fry made with leftover steamed rice, protein, and vegetables.

One of the best fried rice variation is Pork Fried Rice. This version is made with brown rice, pork tenderloin, and tons of fresh vegetables for a delicious side dish or main course.

Turkey stir fry recipes including green bean turkey, Thai basil turkey, Asian turkey with quinoa, and mushroom turkey stir fry.

Best Turkey Stir Fry Dishes

Ground turkey is a fantastic type of protein to cook with because you can use it in place of the fattier ground beef. It’s a low-fat choice that tastes even better when you cover it in your favorite type of sauce. Even better, ground turkey is usually priced lower than ground beef – so you’ll save money too!

Asian Ground Turkey Stir Fry

This easy stir fry recipe has all the colors of the rainbow in it. You can literally see all the nutrition bursting from this tangy dish.

If you know how to brown turkey, then you can make this quick recipe. In fact, you can speed up the food prep step by using pre-made Asian slaw mix. Then, all you have to do is add everything to the skillet, cook it, and then eat! It really is that quick and easy.

Spicy Ground Turkey and Green Bean

Heat up your taste buds with this simple stir fry recipe. It looks like it is just made with ground turkey and fresh green beans, but the sauce is what makes this recipe unforgettable. The heat comes from the Asian garlic chili paste. You won’t believe how much heat that little paste packs!

If you like things extra spicy, just add a bit more chili paste.

Whole30 Asian Ground Turkey

Even if you are not on Whole30, this turkey stir fry recipe is healthy for you and will nourish your body while filling you up. Not only is it Whole30 compliant, but it is also keto-friendly! It’s basically ground turkey, spices, and vegetables.

This is one of those recipes that tastes even better when you let it chill in the fridge overnight. The flavors really infuse into each other and taste incredible when you reheat them.

Asian Quinoa and Turkey Stir Fry

The best thing about this stir-fry is that it is a complete meal in one. Think of it as a healthier version of fried rice with quinoa, tons of veggies, and lean ground turkey all in a delicious savory stir fry sauce.

This Asian Quinoa and Turkey Stir Fry is also great for meal prep. It keeps in the fridge for 4-5 days and tastes delicious the next day.

Thai Basil Ground Turkey

If you love spicy Thai flavors, then this Thai Basil Ground Turkey dish is for you! Made with just 8 ingredients, this simple dish is ready in just 15 minutes. The combination of fresh basil, lime juice, and spicy soy stir fry sauce is hard to beat.

Spicy Turkey, Green Bean, and Mushroom Stir Fry

When it comes to a healthy, quick, and exciting stir fry dish, this Spicy Turkey Stir Fry with Mushrooms and Green Beans is it! You can make it with any combination of vegetables you like, just don’t leave out the spice.

This is also another great stir fry recipe for meal prep. It keeps well in the fridge for 4-5 days and reheats well. Truth be told, it is even tasty cold wrapped up in lettuce.

Tofu stir fry recipes including Kung Pao tofu, chili tofu, Mongolian tofu, and Sheet pan tofu and vegetables.

Easy Tofu Stir Fry Ideas

Looking for plant based stir fry meal ideas? One of the best ways to incorporate plant based protein into stir-fries is to add tofu. Just make sure to use extra firm tofu and remove as much water as possible for best results.

Sheet Pan Asian Tofu and Vegetable

Everything in this easy sheet pan recipe is made with plant-based ingredients. Tofu is a fantastic way to increase your protein intake without messing with raw meat. My favorite way to cook tofu is to stir fry it. I love covering it in a tangy sauce so that those are flavors I notice first.

Plus, sheet pan dinners are some of my favorites to cook! It’s a breeze to make everything in one pan. That way, clean-up is stress-free at the end of the night.

Mongolian Tofu

The key to making super crispy and delicious tofu in this easy Mongolian Tofu recipe is cornstarch. Not only does the cornstarch add a light crispy texture, it also helps remove any excess moisture.

Then all you need is the sweet and savory Mongolian sauce and fresh vegetables for a delicious tofu stir fry that everyone will love.

Chili Glazed Tofu with Sugar Snap Peas

One of my all time favorite combinations is crispy tofu and sugar snap peas. You just can beat all that crunch. So this Chili Glazed Tofu Stir Fry with carrots and sugar snap peas is just what I want in a meatless meal.

Tofu Cauliflower Fried Rice

Looking for a cauliflower fried rice recipe that will fill you up, try this Tofu Cauliflower Fried Rice. It works great as a healthy side dish or can be the main course with all the protein from the crispy tofu. Add edamame for even more protein.

Kung Pao Tofu

If you like dishes with some heat, this Kung Pao Tofu recipe is for you. The tofu is stir fried until it is nice and crispy. Then it is paired with celery, red bell peppers, and peanuts in a delicious spicy stir fry sauce.

This recipe is pretty spicy, but it is easy to adjust the heat to make it work for any spice preferences.

Vegetable stir fry recipes including bok choy, Chinese broccoli, mixed vegetables, an snow peas.

Healthy Vegetable Stir Fry Recipes

You don’t have to be a vegetarian to enjoy these vegetable stir fry recipes. Use them as a healthy side dish, add your favorite type of protein to them, or just enjoy a meatless meal!

Moo Shu Vegetables

Whenever you are craving takeout, make this copycat moo shu vegetable stir fry instead. The main ingredients are cabbage slaw and Asian vegetables, covered in my favorite homemade moo shu stir fry sauce.

Asian Quinoa Stir Fry

Quinoa is a high-protein vegetable that will fill you up. This savory stir fry is amazingly filling. If you haven’t cooked with quinoa before, start with this recipe! Quinoa has a really earthy flavor on its own, but this stir fry covers it up with sweet and salty (and slightly spicy) notes.

10-Minute Cabbage Stir Fry

This colorful stir fry is good for you and lovely to look at too! You can either just serve it as a nutritious side dish or add your favorite type of protein and make it an entree. Since cabbage is the main thing inside an egg roll – I have heard people refer to this as an egg roll in a bowl. It’s a gluten-free and low-carb recipe with the powerful addition of sriracha.

Stir Fried Bok Choy

If you are looking to switch up your side dish routine, this easy Stir Fried Bok Choy is the way to do it! In just 10 minutes, you have the most delicious tender crisp bok choy cooked with soy sauce, garlic, and chili paste.

It pairs great with virtually any protein and is anything but boring.

Stir Fried Chinese Broccoli

This Stir Fried Chinese Broccoli is another delicious side dish to add to your weekly meal plan. This popular Chinese veggie, also called Gai Lan, is quickly cooked with garlic, ginger, and oyster sauce.

The resulting 10 minute dish is packed with flavor. It’s delicious as a meal with steamed rice and protein.

Simple Stir Fried Vegetables

If you are looking for some tasty vegetables to serve with an Asian meal, these quick and easy Stir Fried Vegetables are it! Cooked in a savory homemade stir fry sauce, this dish can be made with any combination of vegetables you like.

This dish can easily be turned into a meal as well, just add your favorite protein.

Stir Fried Snow Peas

When it coms to quick and easy side dishes, stir frying is one of the best cooking methods. It creates a quick, perfectly crispy vegetable that is full of flavor. No more bland, mushy vegetables.

At the top of the list for tasty stir fried vegetables are these delicious Stir Fried Snow Peas. With soy sauce, garlic, ginger, and sesame seeds, these snow peas work with all kinds of dishes.

Sesame Soy Edamame

Instead of serving plain steamed edamame, make these stir fried Sesame Soy Edamame. They are a great side dish to make when you want to add a little extra protein to a meal. Plus they taste just like the tasty edamame appetizers you get in a restaurant.

Shrimp stir fry recipes including Firecracker shrimp, teriyaki shrimp, Thai basil shrimp, and Kung Pao shrimp.

Shrimp Stir Fry Meals

Shrimp is one of my favorite types of protein to cook with because it cooks so quickly. In fact, I like to save shrimp recipes for those days when I know I need to cook at home but don’t have a lot of time.

These recipes are different from each other, and they taste amazing when you save them to eat later on in the week too.

Honey Garlic Shrimp Stir Fry

The secret to this light and tangy stir fry is the honey garlic sauce! It has a full aroma with complex flavors that enhance each other. It tastes even better the next day, so I like to make extra and store it in the refrigerator for lunch.

When you are growing bored with the same veggies all the time, make this recipe – the sugar snap peas are a fun distraction from the norm!

Thai Basil Shrimp Stir Fry

If you need a really quick dinner idea, this Thai basil shrimp is super-fast and incredibly flavorful. Can you believe it only takes 10 minutes to make? That’s because shrimp is one of the quickest-cooking types of seafood. Plus, it’s also a healthy protein because it is low in saturated fats.

Trust me, if you can find Thai basil, use it! That herb is what elevates this recipe to amazing heights. You won’t believe how amazing it tastes with this fresh and zesty herb.

Firecracker Shrimp and Broccoli

If you love a combination of sweet and spicy, then this Firecracker Shrimp recipe is for you. The whole dish is ready in less than 15 minutes and tastes as if it came out of a restaurant.

In case you are curious, Firecracker sauce is made from a combination of honey, soy sauce, Sriracha, garlic, rice vinegar, and lime juice. It is addictively delicious.

Teriyaki Shrimp and Green Beans

The key to making a delicious Shrimp Teriyaki stir fry dish is the sauce. This dish is made with a homemade sauce made with cleaner ingredients but you could swap for a store-bought sauce if you like.

In less than 15 minutes, you have perfectly cooked shrimp, tender crisp green beans, and a sauce that will keep you coming back for more.

Sesame Shrimp

Another delicious and quick way to cook shrimp. This Sesame Shrimp Stir Fry combines sweet shrimp with a slightly spicy and sweet sesame sauce. Then snow peas are added so all you need to make is some rice for the side.

This recipe is extremely versatile and can also work with chicken, pork, or tofu.

Kung Pao Shrimp

This classic Chinese dish is made with a combination of stir fried shrimp, red bell peppers, celery, and peanuts. Everything is finished with a spicy sauce that is a must have for anyone who loves spicy food.

Serve it with steamed rice, quinoa, cauliflower rice, or noodles.

Rice and noodle stir fry recipes including cabbage, chow mein, lo mein, and fried rice.

Rice and Noodle Stir Fries

Stir frying isn’t just for proteins and vegetables, you can also stir fry rice and noodles. In fact, some of the most iconic Asian dishes are made with stir fried rice and noodles. Next time you need a quick side dish or main course, consider making one of these.

Cabbage Fried Rice

This is actually a veggie dish disguised as rice. After tons of requests for alternatives to cauliflower fried rice, I came up with this low carb Cabbage Fried Rice where shredded cabbage stands in for the rice.

If you wanted a more traditional fried rice, you could add in some precooked brown or white rice. Just make sure to add extra soy sauce.

Cauliflower Fried Rice

When it comes to healthy fried rice, Cauliflower Fried Rice is one of the most popular options around. You can even buy it prepackaged at most grocery stores.

However, instead of buying the packaged option, spend less than 30 minutes making your own stir fried cauliflower rice at home. It tastes better and you control the ingredients.

Chicken Chow Mein

If you love takeout Chinese noodles, then this stir fried Chicken Chow Mein is for you. It’s made with a combination of chicken breast, chow mein noodles, and vegetables. Then everything is quickly cooked in a hot skillet and finished with soy sauce and white pepper.

It makes a great side dish and is filling enough to also be served as a main course.

Quinoa Fried Rice

Instead of making fried rice with leftover steamed rice, make it with quinoa Quinoa is packed with more protein and fiber than rice. The other great thing about this Quinoa Fried Rice is that it can be made with any veggies you have on hand.

Healthy Chow Mein

If you love a good takeout chow mein noodle, try this lighetend up version instead! It still has all the same great flavor as the classic stir fried noodles but half the noodles are replaced with shredded cabbage.

Vegetable Fried Rice

Looking for a quick and easy side dish for any Asian meal, make this Vegetable Fried Rice that’s packed with vegetables, eggs, and leftover brown rice. It can be made with any vegetables you have on hand or use the classic combination of peas and carrots.

Chicken Lo Mein

Another classic takeout stir fry dish is lo mein. This Healthy Chicken Lo Mein is made with chicken breast and plenty of vegetables.

Make it as a side dish or serve it as a main course. It works great for both and the leftovers keep in the fridge for up to 4 days.

Vegetables in a hot wok with mushrooms, broccoli, cabbage, and carrots.

12 Cooking Tips For Making the Best Stir-Fries

Wow, what a list! I hope you enjoyed this list of stir fry recipes because they are some of my favorites. I have a lot more stir fry recipes – browse all of them and find something new to make for lunch or dinner.

Even though a stir fry is a simple recipe, I have some more tips I wanted to share with you. These tips will help you make the best stir-fries that could even taste as good as takeout.

  1. Cook the meat first. Start by cooking the meat first and then remove it from the pan before adding your vegetables. This prevents the meat from becoming overcooked and tough.
  2. Cut meat thinly: Another essential step is slicing the meat very thin before cooking it. In fact, placing the meat in the freezer for 10-15 minutes can help you slice it more easily. Thinly sliced proteins cook quickly and evenly.
  3. Use fresh garlic and ginger. The fresh ginger and ginger not only adds incredible aromas but it has a powerful flavor that makes the entire recipe taste better. It will not have the same burst of flavor with garlic or ginger powder.
  4. Add edamame. It’s a really healthy and protein packed ingredient that adds some flavors to your stir fry.
  5. Add the sauce last. If you add the sauce too early, you risk overcooking the stir fry or ending up with soggy veggies. The sauce only needs to be added the last couple of minutes.
  6. Use your favorite vegetables. This is a really easy way to use up any leftover veggies that you have in your refrigerator.
  7. Cornstarch is your friend: Many stir fry recipes rely on cornstarch to thicken the sauce. It is used in two ways. Either toss the protein in the cornstarch before cooking. This will also help it get crispy and then thicken the sauce. It can also be added to the sauce directly.
  8. High heat is a must: Many times stir-fries don’t turn out because the pan isn’t hot enough. When cooking in a wok, it should be very hot. In a regular pan or skillet, you also want to crank up the heat. Water should sizzle and evaporate immediately when splashed on the pan. If it doesn’t, it isn’t hot enough.
  9. Cook in batches: If the meat can’t fit in the pan in a single layer, then cook it in batches. Crowding the pan will cause the meat to steam instead of sear. This results in chewy meat.
  10. Prep everything in advance: Stir fries cook very fast, so always prep everything in advance before you start cooking. That includes the meat, vegetables, and sauce. If you try and chop the veggies while the meat cooks, you will undoubtedly end up with overcooked meat.
  11. Use the right pan: For the best results, cook these dishes in a wok or cast-iron skillet. Stir fries need high heat and these work best.
  12. Stir often: This should be obvious given the name, but make sure to stir the dish often so that nothing burns. Since the dish cooks at high heat, nothing should cook in one place to too long.

Four Easy Stir Fry Sauces

It’s not really a stir fry with a delicious sauce. Here are four quick and easy sauces to make at home. Make them in a glass jar and keep them in the fridge for quick use.

  • Classic: Combine 1/2 cup of low sodium soy sauce with 1/2 cup of chicken broth, 2 tbsp honey, 1 tbsp sesame oil, 1 tbsp rice vinegar, 2 minced garlic cloves, 1 tbsp minced ginger, and 1 tbsp cornstarch.
  • Pineapple Hoisin: Combine 1/3 cup pineapple juice with 1/4 cup Hoisin sauce, 1 tbsp sesame oil, 1 tbsp honey, 1 minced garlic clove, 1/2 tbsp minced ginger, and 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes.
  • Sweet and Spicy: Combine 1/2 cup of low sodium soy sauce with 1/2 cup of chicken broth, 2 tbsp honey, 1 tbsp Asian chili paste, 1 tbsp sesame oil, 1 tbsp rice vinegar, 2 minced garlic cloves, 1 tbsp minced ginger, and 1 tbsp cornstarch.
  • Peanut Sauce: Combine 1/2 cup of low sodium soy sauce with 1/4 cup of chicken broth, 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter, 2 tbsp honey, 1 tbsp sesame oil, 1 tbsp rice vinegar, 2 minced garlic cloves, 1 tbsp minced ginger, 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes, and 1 tbsp cornstarch.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some questions people often ask about making healthy stir fry recipes. If you don’t see your question in this list, please leave it in the comments.

What goes with stir fry instead of rice?

There are a bunch of healthy alternatives to rice. Quinoa is a high-protein grain that tastes incredible when you stir fry it. Cauliflower rice is really increasing in popularity, especially among low-carb dieters.

Spaghetti squash tastes delicious as a replacement for pasta or noodles. You can also use shirataki noodles or zucchini noodles in stir fry recipes.

All three of those choices have different textures, so use your favorites!

Can I make these recipes without a wok?

You don’t need a wok to make the best stir fry. You can make a delicious stir fry using a cast-iron skillet or your favorite frying pan. You can also skip the stove entirely and use stir fry sauce over the meat and veggies and bake it in the oven.

How do you keep stir fry vegetables crispy?

The best way to keep the veggies crispy is to avoid overcooking them. Heat the pan over high heat. When the pan is nice and hot, then add the oil. Then, stir fry the vegetables quickly, so they are cooked on the outside and still have a nice crunchy texture.

How much oil should I use for stir fry?

You don’t need much oil – you aren’t deep frying your meat and veggies. You only need about 1-2 tablespoons of oil in your skillet or wok. This is enough to basically cover the bottom of the skillet.

Which oil is best for stir fry?

The best oils for stir fry are soybean oil, avocado oil, vegetable oil, or peanut oil. This is because all four of them have high smoke points. You can also use olive oil for your stir fry. It might not have the same smoke point, but it is a healthy choice that adds a nice flavor.

Do you add water to a stir fry?

If you find the vegetables are burning or cooking too quickly, you can add a tablespoon or two to the pan. This will basically flash steam the vegetables and ensure they are cooked through without burning. This can be especially effective when cooking larger vegetables or veggies that take a long time to cook. Cutting the vegetables thinly also helps ensure they don’t burn.

Why does my stir fry taste bland?

The most common reason that a stir fry tastes bland is a lack or sauce, soy sauce, or salt. Typically speaking, you can amplify the flavor or a stir fry quickly by adding some extra soy sauce, tamari, or coconut aminos.

What do you cook first in a stir fry?

Generally speaking, start by cooking the meat first and then setting it on the side. Then start with the vegetable that takes the longest to cook. This includes vegetables like onions, carrots, broccoli, and cauliflower. Then finish with quicker cooking vegetables like snow peas, green beans, leafy greens, and bean sprouts.

Why is my stir fry soggy?

There are two main reasons that a stir fry becomes soggy. The first reason is that the pan was overcrowded. This causes the meat and/or vegetables to steam instead of fry.

The other main reason is adding the sauce too early. When you add the sauce too early, the vegetables and meat will boil in the sauce and get soggy.

Lastly, using frozen vegetables instead of fresh ones can lead to a soggy stir fry. Frozen vegetables release a lot of water as they cook and are naturally softer than fresh vegetables.

How long do I cook the vegetables in a stir fry?

Generally speaking, no ingredient in a stir fry will take longer than 4-6 minutes to cook. Thinly sliced proteins cook in 1-2 minutes. Hearty vegetables take 4-5 minutes as long as they are sliced thin. Quick-cooking vegetables cook in 2-3 minutes.


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