What is stir frying?
Stir frying is a Chinese cooking technique where ingredients are fried in a small amount of very hot oil while being stirred in a wok. It is a quick method of cooking only taking around 30 minutes – including chopping ingredients.
What is a Wok?
A wok is a deep round-bottomed cooking pot that when heated, becomes very hot and cooks food quickly. A wok uses less oil and its high, sloping sides help contain most of the oil splatter. Using a wok, and this method of cooking and you end up with very delicious meals. If you require a wok to take travelling, check out these beauties available from Amazon.
What if you don’t have a Wok?
If you don’t have a wok, don’t worry, a sauté pan is a good substitute. Just heat, add oil in the pan and stir fry as usual.
Are stir frying vegetables and other ingredients healthy?
As mentioned, stir frying is a quick and easy way to cook food, and it is also healthy. As it is a quick way to cook you end up with tender and crips vegetables that retain more nutrients than if they were boiled. Also, stir frying requires only a small amount of oil, so the fat content is low.
Best stir fry ingredients
The luxury with a stir fry meal is that you can put many ingredients into it, really, the combinations of ingredients are endless. They can include, but not limited to:
- Vegetables: mushrooms, carrots, celery, peppers (capsicums), baby corn, broccoli, cauliflower, onion, garlic, snow peas
- Meats: beef, pork, chicken, seafood, tofu
- Nuts: almonds, cashews, water chestnuts.
- Sauces: soy sauce, sesame oil, Worcestershire sauce, fish sauce, miso paste, Tamari.
- Noodles (Saba, Japanese Udon, Egg, rice noodles), rice (plain white rice, fried rice).
- Garnish: chopped green onions, sesame seeds, parsley.
Best oil for your stir fry
Not all oils are suitable for stir frying. For wok cooking, use oils with a high smoke point and low polyunsaturated fat content. So oils like canola, peanut and grapeseed are the best oils for stir frying. Olive oil isn’t recommended as it has a very low smoke point and has a strong flavour that doesn’t blend well with the ingredients.
10 Tips for Making the Perfect Stir-Fry
- Cut up all ingredients first, keeping them of similar sized pieces so they cook at the same rate.
- Make sure your veggies are washed and completely dry so they don’t ‘spit’ when water meets hot oil.
- Your Wok Should Be hot before adding oil.
- Pour oil around sides of the wok so they are oiled also.
- Do Not Cook Ice-Cold Meat. Defrost it first. Cook the Meat in Batches first, remove them from the wok and keep in a bowl.
- Cook the Vegetables Next. Stir-fry onions first, then add hard vegetables such as carrot and broccoli before adding quick-cooking vegetables, such as snow peas, leafy greens and bean sprouts.
- Add the Cooked Meat at the End and stir for a minute or so to heat up.
- Pour over your choice of sauce and cook until thickened.
- Serve and enjoy
- Stir fry leftovers should keep in a fridge for a couple of days.
Fast and Fabulous Stir Fry Dishes
Vegetable Stir Fry is a recipe I turn to when I am hungry and not sure what to cook. I love how simple and easy it is to cook and how delicious it tastes. And only taking around 30 minutes to make is a plus. There are so many variations to this recipe, and that is why...