Vegetable Stir Fry Base Recipe

This is one of our base recipes. If you are looking for a quick and easy way to add more color to your plate, then you’ve come to the right place! Packed with vibrant veggies and a flavorful sauce, this vegetable stir fry base recipe is a great way to add more veggies to your meal rotation!

Three Must-Know Cooking Skills

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Dice a Bell Pepper
Mince Garlic
Stir Fry Vegetables

Culinary Tips for the Best Vegetable Stir Fry Recipe

Slice or dice your veggies into similarly-sized pieces for even cooking.

For this recipe, don’t worry about being exactly precise with the veggie measurements. If you have 4 ½ cups of veggies, that’s okay! Just note that the more veggies you add, the less sauce you will get per bite.

Fire, fat, food! Heat your pan, heat your oil, then add your food! Follow these steps to ensure maximum flavor development. 

Add veggies in order from hardest to softest to ensure even cooking and a crisp-tender texture.

To speed up the cooking process, consider steaming or blanching harder vegetables before stir-frying. Cook until just beginning to soften.

Use our easy healthy stir fry sauce to make this recipe 100% homemade!

The vegetable stir fry sauce in this recipe is just enough to coat the veggies, but if you want extra sauce for rice, quinoa, meat, or tofu, simply double the quantity.

What are the best vegetables for stir fry?

You can pretty much use any vegetables in stir fry, but keep in mind that some work better than others. Use this stir fry vegetables list to help you decide what to add to your recipe.

Hard Vegetables

Broccoli or cauliflower 

Carrots

Celery

Green beans

Onion 

Sweet potatoes

Medium Vegetables

Baby corn

Bell pepper

Bok choy stems

Eggplant

Mushrooms

Snow or sugar snap peas

Summer squash

Zucchini

Soft Vegetables

Bean sprouts

Bok choy

Frozen edamame, shelled, thawed

Leafy greens 

Shredded cabbage

Water chestnuts

Ingredient Substitutions

  • Canola Oil: substitute avocado or peanut oil.
  • Vegetables: use any combination, noting whether they are hard, medium, or soft. Adjust cook time as appropriate. 
  • Stir Fry Sauce: use store-bought or homemade. Choose low-sodium options if available.

Recipe Variations

Remember that this is a base recipe, so the goal is for you to customize it to your taste! Change up this easy vegetable stir fry recipe by using different types of veggies, spices, or adding proteins! The combinations are nearly endless.

Have fun exploring different cuisines and their unique flavors! Change up the spices in the stir fry sauce to vary the cuisine. Chinese, Indian, and Thai vegetable stir fries are all delicious.

Feel free to add a protein of your choice. Grass-fed or lean beef, shrimp, tofu, or chicken are all great additions to vegetable stir fry. 

Equipment Recommendations

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Is this a Healthy Vegetable Stir Fry?

We are always trying to encourage people to eat more veggies! This vegetable stir fry is packed with colorful veggies and topped with a lower-sodium sauce.

Colorful Vegetables

All vegetables provide fiber, vitamins, minerals, and disease-fighting phytochemicals. Aim to eat a variety of colors – each color provides a different benefit for our bodies. The more colors in your stir fry, the healthier it will be!

Low-Sodium Stir Fry Sauce

Did you know that regular soy sauce has almost 1000 mg of sodium per Tablespoon?! That’s more than half of your daily need! Choose products with reduced sodium to promote healthy blood flow. If following a gluten-free diet, choose low-sodium tamari.

Check out our ingredient guide to learn which ingredients are best!

Serving Suggestions

Build a balanced meal by serving veggie stir fry with some lean protein and a whole grain such as brown rice or quinoa. You can also serve veggie stir fry with noodles; we recommend soba noodles, made with whole grain buckwheat flour.

Top with green onions, sesame seeds, sesame oil, and/or toasted cashews or peanuts for extra flavor, texture, and nutrition.

Storage Tips

Allow stir fry to cool, then place in an airtight container for up to 7 days. 

You can also freeze leftover stir fry for up to 3 months. For an easy reheat-and-eat lunch, place individual servings of rice and veggies in freezer safe containers, allow to cool, then freeze.

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Rosemary Roasted Carrots

Garlic Parmesan Green Beans

Roasted Spiced Cauliflower

Vegetable Stir Fry Base Recipe
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
20 mins
 

Packed with vibrant veggies and a flavorful sauce, this vegetable stir fry base recipe is a great way to add more veggies to your meal rotation!

Course: Main Course, Side, Vegetable
Cuisine: Chinese, Vegetarian
Yield: 2 -3 cups
Ingredients
  • 1 Tablespoon canola oil
  • 4 cups vegetables – hard, medium, and soft*
  • ¼ cup stir fry sauce, homemade or store-bought
Optional Garnishes
  • Sliced green onions
  • Chopped roasted peanuts or cashews
  • Sesame seeds
  • Sesame oil
Instructions
  1. Cut vegetables into similarly-sized pieces.

  2. Heat a large skillet or wok over medium-high heat. Add canola oil; use enough to coat the bottom of the pan. Once the oil is shimmering, add vegetables, starting with harder varieties first, stirring continuously. As they soften, add medium vegetables, then soft vegetables, and continue to cook until all vegetables are crisp-tender.

  3. Add stir fry sauce to the skillet and toss to coat. If the sauce has cornstarch, bring to a boil until thickened, about 30 seconds – 1 minute.

  4. Garnish with sliced green onions, roasted nuts, sesame seeds, and/or a drizzle of sesame oil. Serve with brown rice or quinoa. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

*Choose a variety of textures and colors of vegetables

Hard Vegetables:

Broccoli or cauliflower 

Carrots

Celery

Green beans

Onion 

 

Medium Vegetables:

Baby corn

Bell pepper

Bok choy stems

Mushrooms

Snow or sugar snap peas

Summer squash

Zucchini

 

Soft Vegetables:

Bok choy

Shredded cabbage

Eggplant

Leafy greens (2 cups leafy greens = 1 cup vegetables)

Mushrooms

Frozen edamame, shelled, thawed

Water chestnuts

 

To speed up the cooking process, consider steaming or blanching harder vegetables, such as broccoli, before stir-frying. 

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