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Authentic Stir Fry Recipes

Updated on February 8, 2015

What is Stir Fry

Stir fry cooking is a healthy, fast and convenient method of preparing foods. The use of very little extra oil and the searing and fast cooking allows the food to be extremely flavorful while maintaining its healthy benefits.

There are two different techniques that fall under the stir-fry method. The first technique is called Chao and uses a round-bottom cast iron or carbon steel wok. The pan is heated until it is very hot, then a small amount of oil is poured down the side of the wok. Seasonings are added first and given a chance to release their aroma, this takes only a matter of seconds, then the meat is added and cooked or sautéed quickly until it is seared, then vegetables and any liquids are added in the final stages and allowed to simmer and reduce. In order to ensure that the meat stays moist and tender, it is usually removed prior to adding the vegetables and then put back into the wok just before the dish is finished.

*Many Stir fry recipes are served with hot jasmine rice.

Understanding Stir Fry Recipes

When stir frying, the food is moved and tossed very quickly using either metal or wooden cooking utensils. Dishes that may require additional cooking time can have a little water added and then covered for a few minutes to complete the cooking process.

The second technique that is used to stir fry is called Bao. With this method, the wok is heated until it has a dull red glow. Once the wok has heated to this point, the oil, seasonings and meat are added quickly, one right after the other. The food is constantly tossed and the only break is when the cook stops to add the next ingredient. Because of the heat of the pan, the food must be kept moving and will need to be removed immediately when the cooking is finished. A wok that is used for the Bao technique will need to be cleaned immediately to prevent foods from charring in the red hot pan.

Stir Fry Recipes with the Bao Stir Fry Technique

Stir Fry Recipes that use the Bao technique start with a red hot wok pan and cook each ingredient in rapid succession.
Stir Fry Recipes that use the Bao technique start with a red hot wok pan and cook each ingredient in rapid succession. | Source

Ga Prao Moo Kai Daao – Stir Fry Recipe

Classic Thai Pork Stir Fry with Basil

Serves 2 - 4

Prep Time: 20-25 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes


Approximately 1 pound ground pork – substitute ground chicken or thin strips of chicken or pork loin

5 cloves garlic, finely chopped

1-2 red chilies finely chopped (depending on how hot you want the dish) – substitute crushed chili if preferred

¼ cup chicken broth or stock

1 egg

2 oz (approximately 1 full compressed cup) fresh Thai Basil – substitute sweet basil

4 – 5 green onions, thinly sliced

2 – 3 Tablespoons oil to use for stir frying


2 Tbsp. oyster sauce

3 Tbsp. Thai Golden Mountain Sauce*

1 Tbsp. dark soy sauce

1 large Tbsp. brown sugar

2 Tbsp. fresh lime juice


Combine all of the ingredients for the stir fry sauce and mix together thoroughly in a cup. Be sure to stir until all the sugar has dissolved. Keep this near the stove as you prepare the rest of the dish.

Heat a large frying pan or wok over medium-high heat. When pan is hot add the oil for cooking and swirl it around the pan. Add the garlic and chili and stir fry for about 30 seconds to a minute, just long enough to release their fragrance. Add pork or chicken to the pan and stir fry until it is almost cooked through (about 5 to 6 minutes). Add about half the stock during stir frying just to keep everything sizzling. The remaining stock will be reserved for later.

Push the ingredients to one side of the pan or wok and crack the egg directly into the middle of your pan. Quickly scramble/stir fry the egg, then push the other ingredients back into place and mix with the egg.

Add the stir fry sauce in the cup and stir into meat mixture to incorporate well.

Reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer for approximately 2-3 minutes adding additional chicken stock as needed. While the stir fry is simmering, chop the basil.

Add the remaining chicken stock, green onions and basil. Stir well to incorporate. Reduce heat to low and taste test. If the dish seems too salt, add a little more lime juice. If it needs more salt, add a little fish sauce or Thai Golden Mountain sauce. If you want it spicier, add additional chopped or crushed red chilies.

Serve this Classic Thai Pork Stir Fry with Basil with Thai Jasmine rice.

*Thai Golden Mountain Sauce is often considered a "secret" ingredient in Thai cooking.

Stir Fry Recipes with the Chao Technique

Stir Fry Recipes showing the result of the Choa technique for stir frying.
Stir Fry Recipes showing the result of the Choa technique for stir frying. | Source

Five Spiced Chicken Stir Fry

Serves: 4

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Five spice powder is a combination of five different spices encompassing the five flavors of salty, sweet, bitter, pungent and sour. There are many variations, but most blends will use star anise, cloves, cinnamon, Sichuan pepper, and fennel seeds. The spices are not necessary used in equal quantities. Five spice powder is particularly popular in Chinese cuisine, however it is also used quite extensively in other Asian cuisines as well. The unique flavor adds a delicious and complex flavor to many types of dishes. Chinese five spice powder is available in most spice isles at your local supermarket and in Asian grocery and specialty stores.

This delicious stir fry recipe will certainly become a family favorite. It’s fast, easy, delicious and requires almost no clean-up.


1 pound chicken cut in bite-size pieces or strips

1 tsp five Spice powder

1 Tbsp dark sesame oil

1-1/2 Tbsp ginger root, peeled and minced

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 medium bell pepper, thinly sliced

3 cups fresh broccoli, chopped

1 zucchini, sliced approximately 1/4” thick

5 cups chicken broth

3 Tbsp soy sauce

1 Tbsp cornstarch

3 Bok Choy, thinly sliced

1 Tbsp sesame seeds

6 oz soba (Japanese Noodles)*


Cook Soba according to the directions on the package.

Mix the chicken broth, soy sauce and cornstarch together thoroughly in a bowl. Set aside.

Toss chicken in the five spice powder to season.

Heat oil in a wok or large skillet over medium high heat. Sauté the garlic and ginger just until it begins to turn a light brown, about one minute. Add the chicken and cook approximately 4 minutes until it is browned slightly. Add the broccoli and peppers, continue cooking one minute, add the zucchini and cook an additional 2 minutes or until the broccoli has turned a bright green.

Add the broth/soy sauce mixture to the chicken mixture in the wok. Add bok choy and allow the heat to wilt it. Toss with toasted sesame seeds and the soba noodles.

* Soba noodles are thin Japanese noodles made from buckwheat flour. Their thicker counterparts are called udon noodles. In Japan soba are served from street vendors to upscale restaurants and are a favorite food for many. They are often served chilled with a dipping sauce, or hot in a stir fry or soup.

Ingredients for Asian and Stir Fry Recipes

Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry

Serves: 4

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Another fast and easy stir fry recipe that will soon become one of your weeknight, go-to recipes. This goes together quickly and dinner will be on the table in a matter of minutes.


3 Tbsp cornstarch, divided

1/2 cup water (plus a little more)

2 Tbsp water, divided

1/2 - 1 tsp garlic powder

1 lb boneless round or chuck steak, cut into thin 3 inch strips*

2 Tbsp vegetable oil, divided

1 small onion, cut into wedges

1/3 c soy sauce

2 Tbsp brown sugar

1 tsp ground ginger

Hot cooked rice for serving


In a small bowl combine soy sauce, brown sugar, ginger, 1 Tbsp corn starch and 1/2 cup water until smooth.

In a medium sized bowl, combine 2 Tbsp cornstarch, 2 Tbsp water and the garlic powder until it is smooth. Toss in beef to coat.

In a wok or large skillet over medium-high heat, add 1 Tbsp oil and stir fry the beef until it reaches the desired degree of doneness; remove from pan and keep warm.

Add remaining 1 Tbsp oil to hot wok or pan and stir fry the broccoli and onion. Add the beef back to pan and pour in the sauce mixture. Continue cooking and stirring for approximately 2 minutes.

Serve over hot rice.

* Partially freeze beef, about 30 minutes, to make slicing into strips much easier.The beef will thaw and cook quickly once you add it to your stirfry.

Stir Fry Recipes

If you are looking for a delicious and easy dessert option to go with your Asian or stir fry menu, consider lychee fruit or mango with sticky rice. These are healthy and delicious ways to top off a traditional Asian dinner.


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  • maewallace22 profile image

    maewallace22 6 years ago

    I think I'll try the five spice chicken, sounds good and easy.

  • agaglia profile image

    agaglia 6 years ago

    I love stir fry. thanks for addding to my stash of recipes.

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    RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

    Am looking forward to revisiting these recipes. Thanks!

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    Lamme 6 years ago

    Thanks sophie ... good luck :)

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    sophie_allen 6 years ago from Washington D.C. USA 20002

    Sure I will let you know. I'll try the beef and broccoli, and the spiced chicken. I'm not much of a spontaneous cook - i love following recipes, i actually couldn't cook without one. LOL! Thanks for the recipes!

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    Lamme 6 years ago

    Hi sophie_allen, I hope you enjoy the recipes, let me know how it turns out. I love stir frying, it's so quick and easy!

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    sophie_allen 6 years ago from Washington D.C. USA 20002

    I'll try this recipe. This is a cool hub!

  • Lamme profile image

    Lamme 7 years ago

    calgaryc9, Thanks for reading and commenting! I love stir fry as well, so quick and easy.

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    calgaryc9 7 years ago

    I love stir fry cooking. Thanks for the recipes.

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    Lamme 7 years ago

    tim-tim, I'm glad you liked it. I hope you get a chance to try some of our recipes!

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    Lamme 7 years ago

    Thanks Kezekiah. We get Yakisoba noodles at our local store ... my kids love them!

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    Priscilla Chan 7 years ago from Normal, Illinois

    Love stir fry! Thanks for the hub!

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    Hezekiah 7 years ago from Japan

    Nice Hub, A good one to look at it Yakisoba. Yaki in Japanese has the same character as chao (? - to cook/fry) soba is (? - men -noddles) it has a slightly different taste to the chinese style but very heathly.

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    Lamme 7 years ago

    kiwi91, you're going to love the Thai Golden Mountain Sauce! Let me know if you try it and how you like it.

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    Lamme 7 years ago

    rich_hayles I love it too. Not only are they "quick, cheap and easy", but they're delicious and healthy as well. How can you beat that!? :) Thanks for reading and commenting.

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    Lamme 7 years ago

    Anthony, thanks for stopping in. I love Thai stir fry, I'm glad you enjoyed the hub!

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    Lamme 7 years ago

    Dazzling Image, I'm looking for the same things this year. Eating healthy and getting plenty of exercise. I'm also going to concentrate on teaching my kids the same habits. Thanks for reading.

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    Lamme 7 years ago

    Thanks MonaVieAileen! I love stir frying just about everything :)

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    kiwi91 7 years ago from USA

    That photo of the Ga Prao Moo Kai Daao caught my eye on the front page. I'll have to give this a try, I need something new like this. Thai Golden Mountain Sauce is now on the grocery list for the next trip. Thanks for the recipes!

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    rich_hayles 7 years ago

    Good list of recipes Lamme.

    I love adding Worcester sauce to my stir fry and appreciate how quickly chicken cooks in a wok compared to a pan.

    Quick, cheap and easy meals. Highly recommended.

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    Anthony 7 years ago

    Great article, I love food Hubs! Just for clarification, is the first picture the Classic Thai Pork Stir Fry with Basil recipe?

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    Dazzling Image 7 years ago

    Thanks for the wonderful hub. Stir frying is indeed a much healthier method of cooking. Looking forward to eating right and more exercising for the entire family in this new year.

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    MonaVieAileen 7 years ago from New York

    Great recipes. Love your hubs. Thanks for sharing. Rated up.

  • Lamme profile image

    Lamme 7 years ago

    Hi divacratus, I love Indian food! I hope you get a chance to try some of these recipes. I f you do, please come back and let us know what you think of them, how you adapted them, etc. Stir frying is one of those cooking methods that is so easy to do and can be adapted to anyone's tastes.

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    Kalpana Iyer 7 years ago from India

    Stir fry cooking is quite popular in India too. A very detailed hub! Enjoyed going through the various recipes listed down.

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    Lamme 7 years ago

    Thanks McConnell Group, let us know if you try one of these recipes. I'd love to hear what you think of it!

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    Shawn McCconnell 7 years ago from Mississauga, Ontario

    Great Hub, I was just looking for something like this to add to my routine! Thanks for sharing

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    Lamme 7 years ago

    breakfastpop, I love my wok too ... such a quick way to put a nutritious meal on the table. I hope you enjoy the recipes!

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    Lamme 7 years ago

    agusfanani, stir fries can be very healthy. I love the fact that they often use so many fresh veggies and cook them quickly to retain the vitamins and nutrients.

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    breakfastpop 7 years ago

    What a great hub. Currently, I am really into my Wok and stir fry. Thanks for the recipes.

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    agusfanani 7 years ago from Indonesia

    So stir fry makes difference, I should try it for health reason. Thank you Lamme.

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    Lamme 7 years ago

    Thanks Daddy Paul ... stir fry recipes are so easy! Try one and let us know what you think!

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    Daddy Paul 7 years ago from Michigan

    I want to try some of these. Good hub.

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    Lamme 7 years ago

    Thanks Just Ask Susan, we eat a lot of stir fry too. The possibilities are limitless and it provides a quick and healthy meal that is delicious. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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    Lamme 7 years ago

    katrinasui, I love the Beef and Broccoli stir fry recipe too. The best part is that it all comes together so fast. Thanks for reading and commenting!

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    Lamme 7 years ago

    darski, sounds like you eat very healthy. We love brown rice also, yummy. Have a great 2011!

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    Susan Zutautas 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

    I love stir fry and make it quite often. Looking forward to trying these recipes! Great Hub!

  • katrinasui profile image

    katrinasui 7 years ago

    This is a wonderful hub. Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry recipe seems good.

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    Darlene Sabella 7 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

    This is a fantastic hub, and this is how I cook my food, first, do you ever use olive oil, second, I use a big pan with a lid, it that close to the same as a wok, I loving good fast and eat fresh veggies,then I top it on brown rice. Thank you for this awesome hub. rate up love & peace darski