Stir-fry Know-how

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Stir-fry Know-how

Stir-frying is one of the fastest ways to whip up a satisfying meal on the quick. There are many ingredients that go well together in a stir-fry meal, mix and match to create something different and delicious in a minimal amount of time. Try experimenting with different ingredients to create your own unique specialty dish.

One of the great things about stir-fry is the fact that you can usually raid the fridge or pantry and get a great meal using whatever you have on hand.

Stir-fry is usually associated with the preparation of Asian food; this quite simply is not true. The stir-fry method of cooking works just as well for Tex-Mex, Mediterranean, American and other cuisines.

Another misconception about cooking the stir-fry way is the notion that you must have a wok in order to achieve the desired results; again not true, a large skillet or frying pan works just fine.

The general rule of thumb when preparing the vegetables and meats for stir-frying is to cut and slice everything about the same size. You can cut vegetables and meats into thin strips, cubes, slices, shred or Juliann. It also works well to use a mixture of different cuts; this makes the results even more appealing to the eye.

Just about any vegetable works well in stir-fry. Some excellent choices include; asparagus, bokchoy or Chinese cabbage, broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, celery, corn, especially baby corn, cucumbers, eggplant, green beans, leeks, mushrooms, onions, peppers, potatoes, scallions, snow peas, sugar peas, spinach and zucchini. Protein ideas include; beef, chicken, lamb, crab, lobster, scallops, shrimp and pork.

Stir-fry recipes are a healthy choice in general. Be sure to add a variety of colors, including various greens, when choosing vegetables to obtain a good balance of vitamins and nutrients. Many stir-fry recipes go well served with rice, noodles or pasta.


Tips;

1. For vegetables that take longer to cook through, try pre-cooking them by steaming, blanching or microwaving them first.

2. Use only as much oil that is necessary. Try using half oil and half-chicken broth for stir-frying.

Listed below are a couple of my favorite stir-frying recipes.

Recipe 1

Ingredients;

3 cups cooked rice

1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast-cubed

1-pound bag-frozen Oriental vegetables

½ medium onion-sliced in thin strips

2 cloves garlic-minced

2 teaspoons fresh ginger root-minced

½-cup chicken broth

1-teaspoon sesame oil

3 teaspoons peanut oil

2 tomatoes-chopped or 1 can chopped tomatoes

4 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

½-teaspoon sugar

¼-cup soy sauce

3 tablespoons cornstarch

Directions;

1. In a medium size bowl, add the vinegar, ginger, garlic, sugar, ½ of the soy sauce and the cubed chicken. Toss to coat, cover and set aside to marinate for 15 minutes.

2. In a separate bowl, add the chicken broth, sesame oil, the remainder of soy sauce and dissolved cornstarch (to dissolve the cornstarch, add a little water and stir until smooth)

3. Set wok or large skillet on medium high heat; add the peanut oil. When oil is hot, add onions, the chicken including sauce. Cook for 7 minutes, stirring constantly.

4. Add the vegetables and continue to cook for an additional 5 minutes.

5. Ad the chicken broth mixture and continue to cook until the sauce thickens, about 1-2 minutes.

6. Serve over cooked rice.


Betty's Sirloin Steak and Asparagus Stir-Fry Recipe

Recipe 2

Ingredients;

3 cups cooked egg noodles

2 cups cooked medium shrimp

8 ounces sliced water chestnuts-water drained

2 slices bacon-cooked and broken into small pieces

3 tablespoons sesame oil

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 medium onion-sliced

2 large carrots-shredded

1 can chicken broth

5 tablespoons soy sauce

3 teaspoons curry powder

1-teaspoon brown sugar

2 teaspoons minced ginger

1/8 teaspoon salt

½-teaspoon pepper

Directions;

1. Coat the wok or skillet with a non-stick cooking spray.

2. On medium heat setting, add chicken and cook for 8 minutes, stirring constantly. Place in bowl or on a plate and set aside.

3. Add the sesame and olive oil, onion, carrots, ginger, ½ the chicken broth and ½ of the soy sauce. Cook for 7 minutes, stirring often.

4. Add the curry powder, brown sugar, salt, pepper, water chestnuts, and chicken.

5. Add the remaining soy sauce and chicken broth. Cook for an additional 10 minutes.

6. Serve over cooked noodles.


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Becky Puetz 5 years ago from Oklahoma Author

Mrs. J.B. thanks for your thoughtful comments.


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Mrs. J. B. 5 years ago from Southern California

I have got to move to Oklahoma. Is the house next door for sale? I have bookmarked most of your hubs. They are worth it. Such great recipes, to do projects etc. Your so amazingly talented.


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Becky Puetz 5 years ago from Oklahoma Author

marellen, I'm so glad that this hub inspired you. Thanks so much for your kind comment.


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Becky Puetz 5 years ago from Oklahoma Author

sherrylou, I'm glad you found this hub useful. Thanks so much for commenting.


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sherrylou57 5 years ago from Riverside

Love to stir fry, Becky! Thank you for your info and for you recipe


marellen 5 years ago

I love stir fry but haven't made that in sometime now. Becky you inspired me....I know what is for dinner. Thanks....:)


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Becky Puetz 5 years ago from Oklahoma Author

toknowinfo, You're right; stir-frying is a quick and healthy way to cook. I'm glad you can use the recipes too. Thanks for reading my Hub.


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toknowinfo 5 years ago

Stir fry is such a healthy and quick way to cook. Thanks for sharing your cooking techniques. Will be trying this recipe very soon.


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Becky Puetz 5 years ago from Oklahoma Author

Lady_E, I agree, thanks for commenting.


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Lady_E 5 years ago from London, UK

I love stir fried food. It can be healthy if cooked properly (not too much oil).

Thanks for the Recipe. :)


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Becky Puetz 5 years ago from Oklahoma Author

Apostle Jack, thanks for taking the time to read and comment on my Hub. God bless.


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Becky Puetz 5 years ago from Oklahoma Author

stars439, Becky sounds like a precious little doll. I miss having my little ones, they are all grown now. I'm about to become a grandmother "again" which is very exciting. Savor this precious time with Becky, they grow up so fast. It sounds like you're a wonderful mother. Thank you for reading and commenting on my hubs. God bless you and your family.


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Apostle Jack 5 years ago from Atlanta Ga

Sounds good.I am a health-nut about life.Great hub.


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stars439 5 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

We love stir frys at home. Our Becky likes them because she can easily pick up her food herself. She does not walk, and can only use one arm and hand and can see from only one eye. She is the child in my Avatar. Thank you for sharing your delicious exciting recipes. We use and electric wok. Becky gets to see me cook easier with it. God Bless You.


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Becky Puetz 5 years ago from Oklahoma Author

James, I'm glad you found the Hub useful. Thank you for your kind comment:)


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JamesLynch 5 years ago

You took your time with this and the video helps a person who does not know how to cook to get on the road to becoming a chef. :)


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Becky Puetz 5 years ago from Oklahoma Author

ImChemist, Thanks so much your comment.


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Becky Puetz 5 years ago from Oklahoma Author

Peggy W, Thank you for the nice comment.


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ImChemist 5 years ago

This very steps to make it , thanks for sharing.


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Peggy W 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

Your recipes sound delicious. I agree that one does not need a wok to accomplish stir frying meals, in fact, we recently gave ours away. Thanks for this informative hub. Making me hungry!


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carrie450 5 years ago from Winnipeg, Canada

Thanks for the tips Becky. I may try this out as it looks delicious.


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Becky Puetz 5 years ago from Oklahoma Author

Specialk3749, I'm glad you can use these tips and ideas about stir-frying. If you have trouble with the sauces not being thick enough in your stir-fry recipes, try adding a little cornstarch. Thanks for commenting.


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Specialk3749 5 years ago from Michigan

I love stir frys! I have trouble with the sauce part. I have tried different things, but my family does not seem to like them. I am definately going to try your recipes! Thanks!!

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