Stir fry is a healthy meal because it is typically made with lean meats and vegetables. You might not have tried making it, though, because some stir fry recipes are complicated and take too much time. They aren’t all like that and adding stir fry to your weekly menu is a tasty and easy way to increase your nutrient intake and indulge in something new and exciting at dinner time.
One of the great things about stir fry is that it is versatile, which means you can make it with different ingredients each time you prepare it. It’s a great way to clear out leftover items in your refrigerator or freezer before they go bad and still enjoy a delicious meal. Use lean beef, such as sirloin or tenderloin, sliced thin or cut into bite-size chunks. Sliced chicken breast or pork chops also work well. Shrimp or firm, white fish are other options. Add any vegetables you like to beef up the meal and make it healthier. Carrots, celery, water chestnuts, snow peas, baby corn, and onions are common in stir fry recipes, but don’t stop there. Zucchini, yellow squash, mushrooms, potatoes, eggplant, and jalapenos also work. Slice or chop the vegetables into small, thin pieces. The sauce in stir fry typically requires soy sauce and cornstarch to thicken it.
Cooking stir fry is easy and fast since the ingredients are thin and small. Heat a bit of oil in a wok and add the meat. Cook for about five minutes until the meat begins to cook. Add the vegetables and combine with the meat. Drizzle the stir fry with soy sauce and cook until the vegetables are soft and the meat is cooked through, usually about five to ten minutes. Use a slotted spoon to remove everything from the pan, leaving the liquid behind. Whisk a bit of cornstarch with about a 1/4 cup of water and pour it into the pan. Stir the mixture well and simmer for several minutes to create a slightly thickened sauce. Return the stir fry ingredients back to the pan and stir well to coat with the sauce.
Stir fry recipes aren’t complete without a scoop of white or brown rice. Serve it on the side or heap your stir fry over rice and combine the two before eating. Grilled pineapple or egg drop soup are other items that pair well with a bowl of stir fry. Or you could just eat it all by itself for a satisfying one dish meal.