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How to Make Stir Fry in a Skillet

Updated on September 17, 2013
Beef and veggie stir fry served over a bed of rice.
Beef and veggie stir fry served over a bed of rice. | Source

So what if stir fry is typically made in a wok? These days, it seems as though there are five or six ways to make almost any dish, stir fry included.

Making the traditional Chinese masterpiece in a skillet is just as easy, and takes very little time and effort, but packs a powerful taste and wonderful nutrients!

Veggies. | Source
Beef added.
Beef added. | Source
Adding Sauce.
Adding Sauce. | Source
Almost done!
Almost done! | Source

Preparing for Perfection

Gather all ingredients to be used, as you will want everything handy and within reach. Stir fry does not take long to make. Taking the time to prep properly is important.

  • Oil (EVO or Coconut) - I do not recommend canola or soybean oil.
  • Veggies: corn, carrots, peppers, onions, celery, mushrooms, water chestnuts, squash, broccoli, bok choy, green onions, shallots, eggplant, snow peas, mung bean sprouts, etc. Organic veggies are best, of course, as pesticides can not easily be washed away!
  • Meats: beef, chicken, shrimp, sausage, ham, etc.
  • Dry ingredients: sesame seeds, ginger, brown sugar, garlic powder (or use fresh garlic instead), (sea) salt, ground pepper, etc.
  • Teriyaki sauce, stir fry sauce, etc. - Try to find sauce that does not contain high fructose corn syrup, and is non-gmo.

Next, clean and cut/slice/julien/dice all vegetables. Set aside. Do the same with any meats being used.

Cooking the Stir Fry

  • Heat about two or three tablespoons of oil in a large skillet - on high heat, until the skillet is smoking.
  • Add sesame seeds as desired, as well as a dash of ginger and ground pepper.
  • Add veggies - peppers and onions first (for a minute or so) - and stir. Add in remaining veggies for an additional two minutes, while stirring. If using corn and/or snow peas, add those last.
  • Mix in garlic/garlic powder, salt, and another dash of ginger.
  • Add meats and stir for another minute.
  • Pour in sauce, while stirring (they don't call it stir fry for nothing!).
  • Continue stirring and cooking for another 2-3 minutes, until the meat is cooked and veggies are crisp.
  • Remove from heat.
  • Allow a few moments to cool, and serve!

While adding in and stirring ingredients, it may be necessary to add extra oil and spices, especially if the skillet is quite full.

*While cooking stir fry, I also cook rice or noodles to serve under the stir fry. Both compliment the dish and add depth to the dish presentation.


This dish is so easy to prepare and cook. The clean up isn't too bad, either. It can be manipulated to fit dietary needs and restrictions, too. Perfect for busy bodies, last minute needs, and for families of any size, stir fry is simple and savory!


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    • VeronicaFarkas profile image

      Veronica Roberts 4 years ago from Ohio, USA

      Why, thank you very much! I hope that you and your mom both enjoy! :)

    • prasetio30 profile image

      prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia

      I love the recipe. It sound delicious. I can't wait to make it and share it with my mom. Thanks for writing. Voted up!