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Stir fry, whether vegetarian or with your favorite meat, is a good dinner choice. This page contains stir fry recipes.


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February 26, 20118 found this helpful

Yummy whether for breakfast, lunch or dinner! You can serve as is or over rice but I love this dish served over egg noodles :-)



Whisk eggs in a medium bowl, add bouillon and whisk a bit more.

Heat oil in a wok over medium high heat and once hot add the eggs. Do not stir until about 50% cooked, about 10 to 20 seconds, slightly tipping the eggs from side to side and back and forth. Separate eggs into pieces and push off to one side.

Add tomatoes to the empty portion of the wok, sprinkle with the salt and sauté for a little over a minute. Sprinkle tomatoes with sugar; add green onions and sauté until the juices are released from the tomatoes, about 3 to 5 minutes. Mix in the eggs, cover and simmer 1 minute.


Stir all together while breaking up the tomatoes slightly and serve.

By Ann from Richland, WA

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March 9, 20106 found this helpful




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.

Heat the oil in a wok or large nonstick skillet over high heat.

Add green beans and stir fry until heated through, about 2 minutes. Add soy sauce, vinegar and sugar. Stir fry until sauce reduces slightly, about 2 minutes longer. Add sesame seeds and toss to coat and serve.


By Ann from Richland, WA

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April 18, 20081 found this helpful

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.

By Patti from Oak Ridge, TN

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August 26, 20102 found this helpful


  • 2 Tbsp. dark sesame oil
  • 2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1 lb. fresh thin asparagus, trimmed and cut in to 2 inch pieces
  • 1 Tbsp. soy sauce
  • 2/3 cup unsalted cashews, chopped


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. Add soy sauce and cashews. Stir until asparagus is tender but crisp and serve.


By Ann from Richland, WA

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November 4, 20112 found this helpful
What's nice about a veggie stir fry is that you can choose your own favorite combination of veggies such as bell pepper, broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, celery, mushrooms, onions, snow peas, water chestnuts and even zucchini.


  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 Tbsp. cornstarch
  • 1 Tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 4 cups of three or four assorted vegetables, cut into bite size pieces
  • 1/4 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1 tsp. minced garlic
  • Slivered almonds, toasted, to taste


Stir the broth, cornstarch and soy sauce in a small bowl until the mixture is smooth.

Heat the oil in a wok or skillet over medium high heat; add vegetables, ginger and garlic. Stir fry until the vegetables are tender crisp.

Add broth mixture, cook, while stirring, until mixture boils and thickens, toss with slivered almonds and serve.


By Ann from Richland, WA

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By 0 found this helpful
November 13, 2009

This is quick, easy and not always the same thing. Plus even my vegetable-hating kids used to beg me to make it!



Whatever vegetables you have on hand, such as carrots (cut small), broccoli, cauliflower, snow peas, watercress, "baby corn", in any combination you choose. Cut each into bite size pieces.

Whatever meat you have on hand, such as: shrimp, chicken, turkey, roast beef, roast pork. Tuna isn't especially great with this. Neither is ground beef.


Boil the noodles according to package directions. Drain well and set aside. Preserve the flavoring packet.

In a large wok on medium-high heat with a small amount of oil (preheated), stir fry the meat till done. Set aside.


Stir fry the vegetables in order depending on "toughness" of the vegetables: Carrots, then broccoli and cauliflower, then the others. Don't overcook. You want them to be cooked but crunchy still. Set these aside.

Stir fry the cabbage, adding the vegetables, meat, and noodles all at the same time. Add soy sauce to taste. Serve immediately. This makes quite a bit, so be sparing on the amounts of vegetables and meat.

Servings: 2-3
Time:20 Minutes Preparation Time
10-15 Minutes Cooking Time

By Cricket Pr. from Parkton, NC

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July 6, 20170 found this helpful

A quick and easy stir fry is a great meal to make for lunch or dinner. This page contains spicy mushroom and rice stir fry.

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January 28, 20130 found this helpful

This page contains shrimp stir fry recipes. Add shrimp to your favorite stir fry recipe for a delicious meal.

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March 7, 20120 found this helpful

This page contains chicken stir fry recipes. Chicken stir fry is a simple, fast and healthy meal that is sure to be a hit every time.

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March 7, 20120 found this helpful

This page contains beef stir fry recipes. Try adding thinly sliced beef to your favorite stir fry vegetables for a tasty meal.

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March 7, 20120 found this helpful

This page contains pork stir fry recipes. Make stir fry for a quick, easy, nutritious meal with lots of vegetables and a variety of meats, if you choose.

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September 9, 20050 found this helpful

Firm tofu is a perfect replacement for meat in this yummy stir fry. You could also prepare this dish using fresh seasonal vegetables.

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By 0 found this helpful
March 18, 2009

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?

Snoozealarm from Beer Sheva, Israel


March 18, 20090 found this helpful

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!

My husband and I have been to Israel twice and we LOVE your country. The Israelis are very warm and friendly!

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March 18, 20090 found this helpful

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.

http://www.thri  1393920.tip.html

Good luck!


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March 19, 20090 found this helpful

Just last night I made delicious Chicken & Veg Stir Fry. I always use Soy Sauce, Oyster Sauce and Sugar Syrup in my stir-fry, 2/3 tablespoons of each. I make my own sugar syrup and keep it in the fridge as it has many uses. Green, red and yellow peppers cut in strips are also good in a stir-fry. Enjoy, Sarita - South Africa

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March 19, 20090 found this helpful

When it's almost done, you need to add a flavored sauce, turn the heat down to simmer and put on the lid. Leave it alone for 5 minutes, then serve. I had the same problem and discovered the sauce at the end is what make all the difference.

This sauce can be anything from a little chicken broth to one of those sauces you buy in a jar and mix with a little water. You can't achieve it by simply sprinkling on a few spices unfortunately. However, the spices and the sauce are what make the difference.
How about marinating the tofu in a strong solution of soy sauce and toasted sesame seed oil before?

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March 19, 20090 found this helpful

Like you I could not understand why my stir-fry did not taste right until I discovered sesame seed oil. It makes all the difference. Just remember a small amount goes a long ways. Also soy sauce will give it lots of flavor, but unless you are using low sodium soy sauce cut back on the salt. Try experimenting with different sauces, they will add flavor.

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March 19, 20090 found this helpful

You didn't mention soy sauce. It just doesn't work for me without soy sauce!

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March 19, 20090 found this helpful

Hoisin sauce!

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March 19, 20090 found this helpful

Dear Snoozealarm,

Whenever I stir-fry, I use olive oil & Mrs. Dash instead of salt & pepper. Diced pineapple (canned or fresh) is also yummy. The most important addition to any stir-fry in my opinion is ginger, powdered AND cut-up candied ginger. It really makes your stir-fry sparkle!

Good luck & mazel tov! Brenda - Council Idaho USA

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March 19, 20090 found this helpful

I also like some soy sauce in a stir-fry, but it can get very salty. I recently started using bottled marinades for this purpose. I especially like the Teriyaki flavor, but there are many on the market. They are nicely seasoned and not as salty as straight soy sauce. Adding some fresh ginger and garlic gives a lot of flavor, too.

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March 19, 20090 found this helpful

Get a spice mixture called 'Chinese 5 Spice Powder'.

You usually can buy it right in the grocery store, but there is a company called Penzey's that has an online store. This spice blend tastes just like restaurant chinese food.

Or try some rice wine vinegar, also from grocery store. I sprinkle it on before serving if it's for me, but I usually serve it on the side because my husband can take it or leave it.

Basically, if I'm cooking Asian I look in that section in the grocery store. I've bought Hoisen sause, oyster sause, chili oil, sesame oil (I add this last before serving because the taste is strong, but delicious). All great additions. I'm an experimentor when it comes to food.

Also try fresh lime juice spritzed over your dish just before serving. I love this, you won't believe the difference it makes.

Last time I stir fried I use lemon olive oil - got it as a gift, and my dish turned out to taste more Asian than using regular vegetable oil.

I think most people use peanut oil for stir fry, I'm not sure and haven't tried it myself.

Also, roast a few peanuts, shells and skins remove, in a Teflon frying pan. On medium high, but watch carefully! They will burn easily. Just toast them and turn them while roasting. The roasting brings out the flavor of all nuts. Cool them, chop them, and sprinkle on dish before serving.

I also have a problem with slightly mushy vegetables, can't seem to get it right.

Also, have you every tried 'tempeh'? You can get it in a grocery store refrigerated health food section, or at Whole Foods Market - we have these in Houston, Texas, USA and I know they're nationwide. It's high in fiber, low in carbs and calories and is really satisfying. The one I buy comes in a rectangle, so I make cubes out of it, sprinkle with soy sauce (I use low sodium kind), heat up a little vegetable oil and brown the tempeh. It's really good added to stir fry.

If you have any more ideas, I've love to hear them. I need Asian food help!

Thank you.

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March 19, 20090 found this helpful

Try grating fresh ginger into your marinade or onto the veggies when they're half done. Also, as suggested above, lime or lemon juice, or rice vinegar (not much of any; taste as you go) will pop flavors out. In fact, all the suggestions are good.

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March 20, 20090 found this helpful

Yes, lots of fresh or chopped garlic in a bottle, a little sherry (and not the cooking kind, either!) can do a peanut sauce with peanutbutter, ginger, soy sauce, lemon juice, garlic, and a little orange marmalade (optional), or a little orange juice. I also slice the superfirm tofu horizonally into 3 slices and I salt with seasoned salt and some garlic powder. I then wrap it in a few paper towels and a clean towel and put it in the fridge to drain and season for about 30 min to an hour. I like a firm texture. Can put it on a plate and another plate on top with something a little heavy if in a hurry. Hope this helps! Shalom!

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July 31, 20060 found this helpful

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!

Seemenow from Oregon


August 1, 20060 found this helpful

I recently found a site, 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!

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August 2, 20060 found this helpful

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.

Asian Beef

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
set aside.

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.

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August 2, 20060 found this helpful

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.

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August 2, 20060 found this helpful

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.

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By carla bledsoe (Guest Post)
August 3, 20060 found this helpful

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

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By seemenow (Guest Post)
August 24, 20060 found this helpful

THanks for the sauce ideas and I will check out the website

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September 18, 20070 found this helpful

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.

Good luck!


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July 7, 20080 found this helpful

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!

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April 28, 2015

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.

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