How to Stir Fry Vegetables

In this video we demonstrate how to make stir fry. Stir fry is great as the base of a meal or as a colorful side dish. Made with a variety of vegetables and a simple homemade sauce, this video demonstrates how to make the easiest vegetable stir fry recipe for busy weeknights!

What vegetables go in stir fry?

Whichever ones you like! For a healthy vegetable stir fry, aim to choose a variety of colors and textures. We like including hard, medium-firm, and soft vegetables. Here are some of our favorites:

Hard Vegetables

Broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, celery, green beans, onion

Medium Firm Vegetables

Bell pepper, mushrooms, sugar snap or snow peas, summer squash, zucchini

Soft Vegetables

Bok choy, spinach, kale, cabbage, frozen edamame (shelled and thawed)

You can add other ingredients to stir fry, such as meat, tofu, tempeh, cooked grains, and/or garnishes. If making a stir fry with meat, sear the meat first, then add the veggies in the order from hardest to softest.

Remember the 3 F’s of cooking: Fire, Fat, Food

In order to make the best stir fry, start with a hot pan or wok (fire). Once hot, add oil – enough to coat the bottom of the pan (fat). Once the oil is shimmering, start adding your ingredients (food). Add ingredients in order from hardest to softest so that all of the veggies are crisp tender at the end. Stir continuously.

Once vegetables are nearly done cooking, add your stir fry sauce. If making your own sauce from scratch, some of the best spices for stir fry sauce are ginger, garlic, red pepper flakes, and Chinese 5 spice. Combine with honey, reduced-sodium soy sauce or tamari, and rice vinegar.

Once you know how to properly stir fry, have fun with different combinations of ingredients. Use this video as a guide on how to stir fry, then adjust the veggies, spices, and garnishes to your taste!

Now that you’ve seen the skill, put it to action with our vegetable stir fry base recipe and healthy stir fry sauce!

Next, learn how to cook brown rice or quinoa on the stovetop so that you can build a balanced meal with your stir fried vegetables!

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