31 Speedy Stir-Fry Recipes to Try for Dinner Tonight

Pineapple-Chicken Meatball Stir-Fry
Photo: Blaine Moats

Grab your woks and skillets. These stir-fry dinners are family favorites. Ready in 45 minutes or less, all of our stir-fry recipes are ideal for squeezing a hearty dinner into a jam-packed weeknight. Prepare yourself for fresh veggies, zesty sauces, and even a few fruity forkfuls. These speedy stir-fry recipes are fast, but they don't skimp on flavor.

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Sesame-Ginger Beef Stir-Fry

Sesame-Ginger Beef Stir-Fry
Jason Donnelly

If a classic beef and broccoli stir-fry is what you're in the mood for, this recipe is for you. Take this dish to the next level by stirring in red peppers, onions, and plenty of zesty spices.

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Gingered Vegetable-Tofu Stir-Fry

Gingered Vegetable-Tofu Stir-Fry
Karla Conrad

This stir-fry is seasoned with plenty of fresh ginger, but we also used soy sauce, dry sherry, and even a pinch of sugar. A full pound of fresh asparagus, plus tofu and summer squash, makes this vegetarian stir-fry hearty enough to satisfy even the meat-eaters at your table.

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Cajun Shrimp and Sausage Stir-Fry

Cajun Shrimp and Sausage Stir-Fry
Jason Donnelly

When we think of stir-fry, we don't usually picture okra or Cajun seasoning in the mix, but that's exactly what makes this dish uniquely delicious. Spicy shrimp and sausage help turn this stir-fry recipe into a meal straight from the bayou.

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Pineapple-Chicken Meatball Stir-Fry

Pineapple-Chicken Meatball Stir-Fry
Blaine Moats

This dish goes from ingredients in your fridge to a meal on your table in just 15 minutes, making it one of the speediest stir-fry recipes on our list. A double dose of pineapple gives this nontraditional dish a taste of tropical flavor.

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Crispy Tofu "Stir-Fry"

Crispy Tofu Stir-Fry
Jason Donnelly

Fried tofu is a great way to develop a meat-like texture on the veggie protein. If you don't want to use a lot of oil, try this tofu stir-fry recipe that's made in the air-fryer. The simple stir-fry sauce provides umami with a lightly sweet finish thanks to honey. Try pressing the tofu first to allow it to get really nice and crispy.

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Greek Leeks and Shrimp Stir-Fry

Greek Leeks Shrimp Stir-Fry
Carson Downing

What makes this stir-fry Greek? Couscous, fresh leeks, and a handful of crumbly feta cheese. The lemon and oregano sauce help this dish stand out from other stir-fry recipes.

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Japchae (Korean Stir-Fried Glass Noodles)

two bowls of japchae with wood serving spoons
Jason Donnelly

This stir-fry recipe is a classic Korean dish. The key ingredient is cellophane noodles, which are made from sweet potato starch. The noodles start out looking gray in appearance but turn translucent when cooked. Here we kept things vegan by tossing the stir-fry noodles with shiitake mushrooms, carrots, and green onions.

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Snappy Chicken Stir-Fry

Snappy Chicken Stir Fry
Jason Donnelly

This recipe is considered snappy for a reason. This simple chicken and rice dish can be on your plate in just 20 minutes. And unlike some stir-fry recipes, there's no long list of ingredients to gather—seven is all you need.

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Garden Stir-Fry

Garden Stir-Fry
Brie Passano

Here's a clean-out-the-fridge stir-fry recipe to keep on hand when you've got a lot of veggies that need to be used. It calls for a 6-cup combo of both firm and tender vegetables to stir-fry with chicken before getting tossed in our homemade stir-fry sauce. Enjoy with hot cooked rice for a delicious, easy 30-minute meal.

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Chard, Beet, and Mushroom Stir-Fry

Chard Beet Mushroom Stir-Fry
Andy Lyons

Instead of rice or noodles, this ginger- and garlic-flavor stir-fry recipe is served over creamy polenta. And if you want to make this veggie-filled dish completely vegetarian, just substitute vegetable broth for the chicken broth.

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Spanish Shrimp Stir-Fry

Spanish Shrimp Stir-Fry
Jason Donnelly

You won't find soy sauce in this Spanish-inspired stir-fry, but you will find shrimp, fingerling potatoes, and black olives, all coated in tomatoey salsa. Serve over rice for a paella-meets-stir-fry meal.

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Pork Stir-Fry with Pumpkin Pasta Sauce

Sage-Fried Pork and Pumpkin Noodle Bowl
Andy Lyons

If you can't get enough pumpkin from your pie and lattes, then the thick pumpkin sauce topping the noodles and pork in this recipe must be calling your name. But pumpkin isn't the only taste here—fresh sage leaves and a drizzle of soy sauce give this autumn-ready stir-fry a major flavor boost.

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Mediterranean Chicken-Pomegranate Stir-Fry

Mediterranean Chicken-Pomegranate Stir-Fry
Blaine Moats

Your stir-fry dinner goes Mediterranean when you add the spice trio of cumin, coriander, and paprika. To give this chicken stir-fry even more flair, we mixed in a sprinkling of pomegranate seeds with the carrots and onions.

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Chicken with Apple-Vegetable Slaw Stir-Fry

Chicken with Apple-Vegetable Slaw Stir-Fry
Blaine Moats

Juicy chicken thighs combine with apples and veggies in this easy stir-fry recipe. The zippy sauce contains a blend of apple cider vinegar, Dijon-style mustard, and brown sugar that will have you swooning over every bite. For a healthier take, serve over roasted sweet potato slices instead of rice.

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Coconut "Laksa" Noodles

bowl of Coconut "Laksa" Noodles with fork
Jason Donnelly

We turned a Malayasian curry dish into a stir-fried noodle recipe that you will seriously make on repeat. Tofu and shrimp combine in a spicy base that gets a nice creamy texture from canned coconut milk. Look for laksa paste (a blend of citrus, chilies, spices, and shrimp) at your local Asian market.

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Pear and Pork Stir-Fry

Pear Pork Stir-Fry
Blaine Moats

Unlike most stir-fry recipes, this dish brings a helping of fruit and veggies to your plate. Pear slices and chopped radicchio are glazed in soy sauce, honey, and crushed red pepper in this speedy 30-minute meal.

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Spicy Scallop-Pineapple Stir-Fry

Spicy Scallop-Pineapple Stir-Fry in pink bowl
Adam Albright

Quick-cooking scallops keep the total cook time in this stir-fry recipe to just 20 minutes. The kick of heat in this spicy stir-fry comes from sambal oelek, a chili paste popular in Southeast Asian cuisine. Use just a little to start and add to taste if you're not sure about the heat level.

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Mango-Chili Chicken Stir-Fry

Mango-Chili Chicken Stir-Fry
Blaine Moats

Take your taste buds on a tropical vacation when you serve chicken stir-fried with mango chutney, fresh ginger, and chili garlic sauce. Serving with fresh mango on top also brings sunny vibes to this quick and easy stir-fry recipe.

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Spicy Stir-Fried Turkey and Greens

Spicy Stir-Fried Turkey Greens
Jason Donnelly

You won't miss out on a healthy serving of veggies when you serve this stir-fry recipe. It has a full six cups of spinach, plus bell peppers and onions, stir-fried alongside ground turkey. A few spoonfuls of curry powder lend this dish plenty of spice, while fresh ginger adds classic stir-fry flavor.

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Pad Thai Stir-Fry

Pad Thai Stir-Fry
Carson Downing

No need for takeout when you can make these classic stir-fried noodles in 25 minutes. The delicious pad thai sauce features a flavor bomb blend of chili sauce, tamarind paste, fish sauce (use soy sauce to keep it vegetarian-friendly!), and lime juice. Add your favorite meat or plant-based protein to make it a filling dinner.

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Pork, Ginger, and Delicata Stir-Fry

Pork Ginger Delicata Stir-Fry
Jason Donnelly

If you ask us, delicata squash is a seriously underrated winter veggie. Here the tender squash meshes beautifully in a pork stir-fry recipe. A bit of red curry paste adds just the right amount of heat to the delicious stir-fry.

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