Stir-frying is a great way to bring fresh meals to your table fast. These tips will have you stir-frying up sparkling, veggie-chocked dishes like a pro.
Because stir-fried dishes usually combine lots of vegetables and lean cuts of meats -- and you can use less meat, thanks to all those veggies -- this style of cooking can fit into your aim to eat healthfully.
What Is Stir-Frying?
To stir-fry is to quickly cook small, uniform pieces of food in a little hot oil in a wok or large skillet over medium-high heat. It is often used in Asian cooking and for cooking vegetables, as it helps the veggies retain their color, crunch, and nutrients.
If you do a lot of stir-frying, you might want to invest in a wok, the traditional round-bottom pan used in Chinese cooking. Because most Americans cook over stoves (rather than fires), woks sold in this country usually have flat bottoms. If they have rounded bottoms, they come with a metal ring to allow you to set the wok over a gas burner.
If you don't have a wok, you can use a skillet. However, the wok has one major advantage: The gentle, sloping sides of the pan allow you to cook in stages. The sides serve as a resting place to get ingredients up and out of the hot spot (at the bottom of the pan) so nothing gets overcooked.
Some ingredients are better suited to the stir-frying technique than others. Here's a rundown, including how much of each ingredient to use if you're making four main-dish servings.
Before you start to cook, prepare all your ingredients and place them in bowls near your cooktop.
How to Stir-Fry a Main Dish
Many stir-fry recipes for main dishes follow a general pattern, and once you key into this pattern, it's easy to turn whatever produce looks its freshest best at the market (or whatever produce you happen to have on hand) into a satisfying main dish, with or without meat.
If you wish to stir-fry vegetables for a side dish, follow these tips.
Try colorful and spicy Szechwan Beef Stir-Fry. It's ready in just 40 minutes.
Today, we'll teach you how to stir fry with a delicious recipe for vegetables with peanut sauce. Stir frying simple means to quickly fry small pieces of food in a small amount of fat, over a very high heat while stirring constantly. This is something you can do in either your walk or a stainless steel skillet. There are a few secrets to making the perfect stir fry. First, you want to make sure the vegetables are cut in equal size pieces. This will ensure even cooking. Second, it's critical that the vegetables are dry to touch before adding them to the wok. Use paper towels to dry any vegetables that might be wet. For the peanut sauce, in a small bowl, combine peanut butter, brown sugar, soy sauce, lime juice and crushed red pepper. Stir to combine. In another bowl, combine cherry and soy sauce. Set both of those aside. Heat a 14-inch flat bottomed wok on high heat until a bit of water vaporizes within one to two seconds. Swirl peanut oil into the pan. It should look like a necklace of oil. Then, lift with both hands, tilting the wok until it's coated and oil is running towards the bottom of the pan. It's important to use an oil with a high smoking point, such as peanut or vegetable oil. Next, add the aromatics. In this case, ginger, and stir fry for ten seconds. Once you add the ginger to the pan, you should hear a sizzling sound. That's how you know the pan is properly heated. Now, it's time for the vegetables. Add the carrots and stir fry one minute. Then, add the green beans and stir fry for another minute until the beans are bright green. Now, add the liquid, which in this case is the cherry mixture. It's important to swirl the liquid in a thin stream along the sides of the wok. This preserves the high temperature of the wok. Stir fry for two minutes or until the vegetables are crisp tender and most of the liquid is absorbed. Finally, remove the wok from the heat and add the cabbage. Cook for thirty seconds or until it slightly wilted. Serve with the peanut sauce and some chopped eggs. Now, that you know the secrets to stir fry, week night cooking just got a whole lot easier.