The step by step guide to making stir-fries

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The Step by Step Guide to Making Stir-fries

If you’re like me then you know as well as I do that quick recipes are what you need on week nights because you’re so busy. And stir-fries can be one of the healthiest dinners to make quickly and easily so its the ultimate solution for those of us full-time workers who just can’t get up the strength to cook something more in-depth.

So, do you have any idea how to stir fry?

Well, listen up cause I’m about to tell you. 🙂

How to make stir-fries: The technique

Stir-frying is all about cooking thinly sliced food quickly, so you’re going to need a pan that can withstand high heat. And when I say quickly I mean quickly so you need everything prepared first before you turn the heat on.

A good fry pan is OK to use if you don’t have a wok – the only difference is that the wok has taller sides so you just can’t stir crazily in the smaller sided fry pan.

And (bonus tip) if you have a fire alarm/smoke detector that’s as sensitive as mine you’ll need to open a window when you’re cooking!

Step by step instructions for making stir-fries:

Step 1:

Thinly slice all the vegetables you want to use and your choice of meat, chicken or tofu. Have them ready on a plate.

Step 2:

Make your sauce in a small bowl or open the jar of sauce you bought.

Step 3:

If you’re serving the stir-fry with noodles or rice you need to make it now and then keep it warm.

Step 4:

Preheat the wok/pan over a high heat. Add 1-2 tbs of oil and heat for a minute.

Step 5:

Take small handful of your meat, chicken or tofu and throw it carefully into the hot pan. Stir the food around until it’s just cooked or slightly under and take it out and put it on a plate. Don’t overcook it as you’ll be adding it back later. Repeat with the rest of the meat, chicken or tofu – making sure to cook it all in small batches.

Step 6:

Add your vegetables and cook then quickly as well. You can cook these to your own desired taste; I.e. If you like them crispy cook for a couple of minutes or if you like them soft cook them a bit longer.

Step 7:

Add your sauce and coat the vegetables in it. Some sauces will thicken when they get the heat so wait for that if you made your own sauce. Otherwise, just mix the sauce in and warm it up.

Step 8:

Add the cooked meat chicken or tofu back in and cover it with sauce. You’re just warming the meat through so it should be a minute or 2 and that’s all.

Step 9:

You can now take the pan off the heat and serve your finished stir-fry over your rice or noodles. Or, you can add the noodles into the stir-fry and coat them in sauce too before you turn the heat off – it’s your choice.

Get everything prepared before you turn the heat on


Which ingredients to add to stir-fries: The flavour combinations

Now you know what to do you’ll need some recipes to try.

Some basic ingredients are:

  • Carrot
  • Baby or sweet corn
  • Sugar snap peas
  • Broccoli
  • Bok choy
  • Capsicum
  • Sliced beef fillet
  • Sliced chicken breasts or thigh fillets
  • Cubed or sliced tofu
  • Sliced lamb fillet

Some basic sauces are:

  • Honey and sweet chilli
  • Honey, soy and ginger
  • Hoisin sauce
  • Soy sauce
  • Sweet chilli sauce
  • Basic stir-fry sauce
  • Black bean sauce
  • Teriyaki sauce

Here’s a few recipes to get you started

If you know you need to make quick meals stir-fries can be your go to recipe. And because there are so many versions available you’re sure to get plenty of variety in your choices.

So, whether you work fulltime or not, there isn’t really any excuses left why you can’t cook at least a stir-fry. And if you buy pre chopped fresh or frozen veg, grab a bottle of sauce and buy pre sliced meat it makes it even faster!

Which stir-fry are you going to make first? I think I’ll try the beef with black bean next.

Till next time.

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