simple & healthy: stir-fry

Stir-frys are always a great choice for simple and healthy meals that come together in minutes.

In fact, usually the rice takes longer to make than the stir-fry itself. If you are short on time, consider trying frozen brown rice or instant brown rice. (You can also make your own brown rice in large batches and then freeze for later use).

Then gather up all of the vegetables you have, along with some protein and have a flavorful dinner on the table in minutes!

(Beef & Basil Stir-Fry from Mark Bittman’s How to Cook Everything)

Stir-Fry Tips and Steps: 

  1. Prepare rice, grain or pasta if using
  2. Prepare all ingredients (slice, chop, etc) so they are all ready to go
  3. Heat pan and oil in pan (you can flavor oil with garlic and ginger)
  4. Add ingredients by length of cooking time, adding ingredients that take longest first*
  5. Add sauce (can be as simple as a splash of soy, fish sauce, lime juice, sesame oil, etc.)
  6. Serve immediately

*If your stir-fry includes meat or seafood, consider cooking the meat, removing from pan and then cooking the vegetables so you don’t over cook your meat

Stir-Fry Recipes to Try:

Shrimp & Snow Pea Stir-Fry 

Sauteed Baby Squash with Basil & Feta

Chicken & Leek Stir-Fry

Spicy Asparagus-Tempeh Stir-Fry

Brown Rise Stir-Fry with Kimchi, Pork & Tofu

Grace Young’s Best Stir-Fry Tips



    • Emily says

      Oooh, that is nice. I used to have a wok, but I’ve never tried an electric one! Do they make the process easier?

      • says

        well, i’ve never used a stove-top wok but the electric one i have (the same one my mom had when i was growing up…it’s probably older than i am) is super fast, and it’s nice because you can cook on the bottom and sides of the pan since it’s rounded. it also has a lid so you can let it steam a little too. since electric woks are temperature controlled (mine goes from 275-500), you don’t need very much oil at all to cook either.

  1. says

    How funny–I just cooked some brown rice this morning before work so I could have stir-fry later tonight! I love all your variation suggestions–I’m especially intrigued by the asparagus and tempeh stir fry. I’ll have to give that one a try sometime!

  2. says

    Stir fry is definitely a go to for me- now that I think of it, MOST things that I cook are just fancy versions of stir fries. Or not fancy. Remember that time that I put dill pickles in a stir fry? That was a good time.

  3. says

    Love me some stir fry.

    However, I’d add that the big culprit in any stir-fry dish is the sauce! It can be LOADED with awful stuff. I was actually talking about this with some friends when we made stir-fry the other day.

    Also, being a vegetarian, I’d add that tofu or tempeh is a great substitute for meat :)

    • Emily says

      Tofu and tempeh are great protein options!
      The great part about making stir-fry at home is that you have control over what you put in the sauce.

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