I recently made stir-fry from a recipe. It was pretty simple: tofu, onions, peppers, tomatoes, mushrooms, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and basil. I stir-fried it for about 15 minutes. The consistency was pretty good, a tiny bit on the dry side. But the taste was bland. I've made stir-fry in the past with similar results. What can I do to make my stir-fry tastier?
In the U.S. there's a spice called Oriental Five Spices. The ingredients on the bottle read: cinnamon, anise, ginger, nutmeg and cloves. I've mixed it into my stir fry and I highly recommend it because it adds a lot of flavor.
Also try some soy sauce for added flavor, that is also delicious!
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I would try using fresh garlic instead of garlic powder. I also always use soy sauce and sometimes fish sauce or broth to add a little flavor.
Here is a step by step stir fry recipe that I posted in the past. It is chicken but you could make it vegetarian by replacing chicken with tofu and excluding the fish sauce. The chili peppers make it very spicy but I leave them out for my kids and they still like it pretty well.
I'm looking for some easy stir fry recipes. I've tried some store bought sauces but they are kinda spendy and would love to learn to make these dishes on my own. In addition, we don't like some of the sauces.
Also, have you tried the frozen stir fry veggies and are they any good? Which kind? We like chicken, beef, seafood and pork so if you have a recipe you enjoy, please share. Thank you!
I recently found a site, http://www.asiarecipe.com/ that is worth checking out. Haven't had time to play with any of their recipes yet, but some sound really good. I've done very little stir-fry but I love the way the food comes out regardless of the sauce... not overcooked, with fresh color and flavor in the veggies, etc. Down here in the Southland we tend to cook the dickens out of stuff and I love good Southern cooking too, but stir-fry is a nice change. I'll be trying lots of recipes from this site as time permits... especially some of the sauces. Good luck, and happy cooking!
Here is an easy stir fry recipe that would work well with beef or pork. The dark brown sauce it makes is delicious! You could also substitute any veggies used in stir fry recipes; some are: baby corn, water chestnuts, broccoli, cauliflower, zuccinni. Serve this recipe over steamed or fried rice.
1 1/2 pounds top round steak or sirloin -- cut into strips
1/4 cup dry sherry -- optional (I use beef broth)
1/4 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
1 tablespoon ginger, freshly grated
2 cloves garlic, pressed (or more)
2 teaspoons sesame oil
(found in the Asian section of your grocery store)
2 tablespoons cornstarch
4 tablespoons vegetable oil -- divided
12 ounces mushrooms -- sliced
6 ounces snow peas (frozen if fresh aren't available)
In a large bowl, combine sherry or broth, soy sauce, ginger, garlic,
sesame oil and cornstarch; pour over meat strips, stirring to
In a large skillet or wok, heat 2 tablespoons of the oil over a
medium high heat.
Add mushrooms and pea pods, stir frying until pea pods are
bright green and mushrooms are wilted. Remove from skillet and
Drain marinade from beef and reserve. Add remaining oil to
Stir-fry beef (1/2 at a time), 1 to 2 minutes. Return
vegetables, beef and marinade to skillet; cook and stir until
sauce is cooked and thickens. Let cool slightly.
I don't think you really need a recipe for stir fry. Just cut some meat into bite-size pieces and throw them in the pan with some olive oil and soy sauce. When the meat starts to get done, throw in whatever veggies you have on hand, with more soy sauce. Ginger and garlic taste good too. Cook some rice at the same time. It makes a pretty quick dinner, especially if you use frozen veggies already chopped. I haven't made this in a while but now I'm getting hungry for it... maybe I'll make some tonight.
Stir-Fry Pork with Ginger
Submitted By: Jenny Au
A simple Chinese dish, this is best served with steamed rice. The wine and ginger gives the dish its fragrant smell.
Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cook Time: 15 Minutes
Ready In: 30 Minutes
Yields: 2 servings
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/2 inch piece fresh ginger root, thinly sliced
1/4 pound thinly sliced lean pork
1 teaspoon soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon dark soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1 green onion, chopped
1 tablespoon Chinese rice wine
Heat oil in a large skillet or wok over medium-high heat. Fry ginger in hot oil until fragrant, then add pork, soy sauce, dark soy sauce, salt, and sugar. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes.
Stir in the sesame oil, green onion, and rice wine. Simmer until the pork is tender.
I use the frozen mixture of broccoli, carrots, and cauliflower with my stir fry cause thats what we like. My mom uses the stir fry veggies and she loves them. I got some snow peas and bean sprouts to add to my next one when I went shopping today. Yummmm.
i agree with allison, you can make stir fry out of anything growing in your garden and a little meat. i've used everything from broccoli, zuchini, mustard greens, cabbage, you name it! even a little tomato.
since i usually make stir fry to stretch meat or to get rid of the produce in the fridge i rarely use frozen veggies. to make it different from time to time i might use fire oil (hot pepper oil) or sesame oil found in the grocery store with the oriental foods. have fun
THanks for the sauce ideas and I will check out the website
Hi, I stir fry at least once a week with whatever I have on hand. Here is what I do.
I always start the rice first. I use a rice cooker because, for some reason, I could never get the rice to cook correctly. It is always perfect with my little cooker.
Then I chop up my veggies in similarly sized pieces: strips or large chopped pieces, usually. I don't use frozen veggies unless I don't have anything else because I think they get too mushy. I like them to be crisp! I try to divide my veggies in sections: onions, garlic and mushrooms first, then hard veggies like carrots, then soft ones like peas or broccoli. That is the order I'll add them to the pan.
Then I cut up my meat, often chicken. That way, I can use the same cutting board and then sanitize it. Sometimes I will marinate the meat in a teriyaki, ginger or soy sauce overnight first.
Heat up the oil in the pan so the onions will sizzle when added. Cook them for a minute then add the meat. Brown it and then add the harder veggies. I'll add some soy and water at this point and put a lid on for a few minutes, to steam the veggies. Then I take it off and add the rest. You can make one up easily by adding soy, garlic, ginger and water together, sometimes I put in cornstarch to make it thicker too. I had a good cookbook with my first wok that I use occasionally for inspiration.
Serve it over rice with soy or extra sauce. I've also cooked up ramen noodles and added them at the end instead of rice. Makes a nice change. If you have leftover stirfry but no rice left, you can add it to ramen for lunch the next day!
Here are some stir fry recipes that I've posted on ThriftyFun:
Here is a search on ThriftyFun for Stir Fry recipes. There are some sauce recipes too. It looks like Robin has several delicious ones.
I've heard that the secret to stir fry is to cut all the ingredients to be the same size so that it cooks at the same rate. Also, it can't be too big for those chopsticks!
When I want a stir fry but don't want to do all the prep work, I use a bag of Broccoli Slaw. It's already cut into thin match stick size. It has carrots and cabbage in there, too. Use just as you would for any stir fry recipe.
I found a recipe a short while back and mislaid it. I hope someone can remember it to help me. It had turkey sausage, stir fry veggies, onions, and Kikkoman baste and glaze sauce and was served over rice. I would greatly appreciate the help as my family loved it and wants more.
Heat both oils in a wok or skillet (using a wok works better) over medium heat. Add ginger and stir until blended. Add asparagus and stir fry until "almost" tender.
This is quick, easy and not always the same thing. Plus even my vegetable-hating kids used to beg me to make it!
Yummy whether for breakfast, lunch or dinner! You can serve as is or over rice but I love this dish served over egg noodles.
Blanch green beans in large pot of boiling water for about 3 minutes. Drain. Transfer green beans to large bowl of ice water to cool and drain again.
What's nice about a veggie stir fry is that you can choose your own favorite combination of veggies.