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Delicious Asian Vegetable Stir Fry Recipes

Updated on September 23, 2014
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Delicious Asian Vegetable Stir Fry

Delicious, yummy, healthy, fresh vegetable stir fry recipes - very easy and quick to prepare & cook

I discovered that the majority of people will order vegetable stir fry dishes on a restaurant or food court. These vegetable dishes are usually pretty expensive and sometimes I wonder why a vegetable dish will cost more than meat dishes. Is it because the restaurant believe that people have no choice but order vegetable dishes to prevent them feeling guilty because they haven't eaten their recommended daily serve of vegetables?

I challenge you, to start cooking your own vegetable dishes at home. Prepare the ingredients yourself and the good thing is, you can put in as many fresh vegetable as you like in your dish.

Here on this page, you will find the easiest Asian vegetable stir fry recipes that you can finish preparing & cooking in less than 30 minutes. I am a busy person too, however, I always try to cook delicious vegetable dishes for my husband and believe me, it feels good to serve healthy food with fresh ingredients to your family.

This page will be regularly updated with more delicious vegetable stir fry recipes, so bookmark this page and come back for more.

What is Stir Fry?

A cooking method which fry your food in high heat, in a wok, with less oil and resulting in tasty, crunchy, delicious food.

Before you start cooking any stir fry recipes, I recommend you to prepare your ingredients in advanced. Because stir fry cooking process only takes less than 5 minutes.

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Wok - Essential Kitchen Equipment for Stir Fry dishes

It is essential to cook your stir fry in a wok because it will give a better taste and fragrance. Most of all, wok is able to heat up pretty quickly so you can cook your vegetable quicker using less oil and give you a crispier vegetable.

How to make a perfect fluffy rice

Vegetable stir fry is best eaten with rice. Usually, we need to cook our steam rice first before cooking the stir fry because it takes longer.

Here on this video, Ming Tsai is showing us how to make a perfect steamed fluffy rice as well as simple mushroom carrot beansprout vegetable stir fry.

Basic ingredients for vegetables stir fry

Any stir fry recipes will have these ingredients below:

- Garlic (minced garlic)

To save the time, you can use minced garlic from Lee Kum Kee or garlic press

- Ginger (minced ginger)

I recommend you to use a fresh ginger because it will give you a lovely fragrant and taste much better than a minced ginger jar.

- Vegetables (of your choice)

Choose your favorite fresh vegetable and cut it in small sizes (and to ensure they will cook through. Stir fry is a bit tricky, if you cut your vegetables in big sizes and fry it in high heat, the outer side of your vegetable will be burnt while the inside is not cooked through. So bite-size vegetable is the perfect size.

- Chili (minced chili)

This is optional.

- 1tsp oil / sesame oil

I love sesame oil because of its fragrance. However, you can use vegetable oil as well.

The trick of cooking stir fry is, never add oil when the wok is not hot. Always pre-heat the wok first and then when it's hot, I usually add my garlic, ginger and chili (to season the wok), stir fry it for few seconds then add the oil. Lots of people call it as "seasoning the oil" and I guess that's true. We "flavor the oil" with these basic stir fry ingredient to give the oil the delicious taste of garlic, ginger and chili. The end result of your stir fry will be more tasty and delicious.

Note: If you use chili in your stir fry cooking, I suggest you open your kitchen window. My husband always complains if I forget to open the window because of the "hot" smell & aroma will spread all around the living room & kitchen and it makes our eyes watery & ichy.

The basic preparation for vegetable stir fry

- I always prepare my minced garlic, minced ginger and chili first. Set them aside

- Depending on the stir fry recipe, sometimes you'll need to add oyster sauce, so prepare this sauce, set it aside.

- Cut the vegetables into bite-sizes, set them aside.

I recommend you to "line up" your ingredients in the following order:

1 is the plate closest to the wok, and 6 is the plate furthest from the wok:

1: my minced garlic, ginger & chili (because these are the first ingredients I'm going to fry in a wok)

2: oil / sesame oil

3: vegetables (depending on the vegetable, make sure you add the vegetable that will be cook the longest first on the wok, example: carrots, eggplants, etc).

4: sauce

5: sesame seed (this is optional) but I love to add sesame seed on top of my vegetable stir fry

6: fried fresh garlic (this is also optional)

Vegetable Stir Fry Recipes

Here are my favorite vegetable stir fry recipes:

Chinese Broccoli with Oyster Sauce

Chinese Broccoli with Oyster Sauce
Chinese Broccoli with Oyster Sauce

Chinese Broccoli with Oyster Sauce is not a vegetable stir fry, however, I thought I should add this recipe on this page because this is the most common vegetable dishes ordered by many people in a restaurant. And this is also the easiest vegetable dish that you can make at home.

The main sauce of this dish is oyster sauce, you can buy this sauce at any Asian grocery stores or at Amazon:

Chinese Broccoli (Gai Lan) with Oyster Sauce Recipe

  • Prep time: 5 min
  • Cook time: 5 min
  • Ready in: 10 min
  • Yields: 2

Ingredients

  • 12 -20 stalks of Chinese Broccoli (Gai Lan)
  • Water (enough to blanch the Gai Lan)
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 3 tbsp oyster sauce (or according to your taste)

Instructions

  1. 1. Cut the Gai Lan stems in half / diagonally and cut the leaves in half / side-ways. Then wash the Gai Lan and drain excess water
  2. 2. Cook the Gai Lan in a large saucepan with boiling water, add the stems first and then the leaves. Cook them for 3-4 minutes or until tender and still preserve the nice bright green color. Drain and put it under cold water. Drain excess water. The cold water will stop the cooking process and making Gai Lan crisp, crunchy and tasty.
  3. 3. While you cook the Gai Lan, you can prepare the oyster sauce. Mix sesame oil and oyster sauce in a small bowl and set aside. If you think the sauce is too thick, you can add a little bit of water and mix them.
  4. 4. Put the Gai Lan in a serving platter, and then add the oyster sauce mix on top. You can also add sesame seed & fried minced garlic on top.
  5. Note: this recipe can be used for your favorite vegetable. Simply replace the Gai Lan with your favorite vegetables, such as carrots, broccoli, etc and it will make a delicious yummy healthy dish.
  6. Recipe by Deyani, Image Source - Creative Common Picture
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Basic Vegetable Stir Fry Recipe

This is the basic Asian vegetable stir fry recipes that I always use to create vegetable stir fry dishes. Follow the recipe below and simply replace the vegetable with your favorite vegetables.

The preparation & cooking time is less than 30 minutes, you can even ask your husband to cook it for you. As long as you prepare the ingredients for him.

The recipe below serves for 2 people.

  • Cook time: 30 min
  • Ready in: 30 min
  • Yields: 2

Ingredients

  • Vegetable of your choice
  • 3 cloves of garlic (minced)
  • 1 cm ginger (minced)
  • 1 tsp soy sauce or 1tsp oyster sauce
  • pinch of sugar (optional)
  • 1 tsp sesame oil / vegetable oil

Instructions

  1. 1. Cut the vegetables accordingly and then wash them in cold running water. Drain from excess water.
  2. 2. Pre-heat the wok
  3. 3. Season the oil by adding minced garlic, minced ginger and chopped bird-eyes chili (optional) into the wok
  4. 4. Add the oil and stir the ingredient from (3)
  5. 5. Add the stems of your vegetable first, stir it.
  6. 6. Add the vegetable leaves, stir it.
  7. 7. Add the sauce, sugar and little bit of water (if desired), stir it.
  8. 8. Serve in a serving platter.
  9. Recipe by Deyani

You can add little bit of water to your vegetable stir fry.

Don't put too much water because it will steam your vegetable instead of frying it.

If you put too much water and the vegetables are cooked through, thicken it with 1tsp of cornstarch (dissolved with 3tsp of cold water).

Bok Choy Stir Fry
Bok Choy Stir Fry

Bok Choy Stir Fry

Another one of my favorite stir fry, Bok Choy is a Chinese Vegetable and you can find it in any grocery store. It's very cheap and Bok Choy wide stems are crunchy and delicious.

I use my Basic Vegetable Stir Fry Recipe for making this Bok Choy Stir Fry.

  • Prep time: 5 min
  • Cook time: 5 min
  • Ready in: 10 min
  • Yields: 2

Ingredients

  • 12 -20 stalks Bok Choy
  • 3 cloves of garlic (minced)
  • 1 cm ginger
  • 1 bird-eyed chili (chopped)
  • 1 tsp light soy sauce
  • 1 tsp sesame oil / vegetable oil

Instructions

  1. 1. Wash the bok choy in cold running water, drain. Make sure there is no excess water.
  2. 2. Cut the stem in half and cut the leaves in half (side-ways)
  3. 3. Minced garlic, ginger and bird-eyed chili, then set aside
  4. 4. Pre-heat the work, add (1) and then add the sesame oil
  5. 5. Add Bok Choy stems for 1 minute and then add the leaves. Stir and mix it
  6. 6. Add the soy sauce, stir it to mix it with the vegetable
  7. 7. Serve it in a serving platter
  8. Note: Alternative version of this recipe: replace soy sauce with oyster sauce. Mix oyster sauce with a little bit of water, add a little bit of sugar to give extra punch & sweetness to this dish.
  9. Recipe by Deyani, Image Source - Creative Common Picture

Kangkung Belacan Stir Fry

Kangkung Belacan is my childhood favorite stir fry dish. Its main vegetable ingredient is "kangkung" or water spinach and it is a perfect vegetable stir fry for my gepuk (sweet beef) dish.

You can buy kangkung at any Asian grocery store and it looks like this:

Kangkung / Water Spinach
Kangkung / Water Spinach | Source


Belacan is a shrimp paste with a very strong smell & fragrance, you can buy a dry belacan or a mixed sambal belacan. I usually use a dry belacan and then toast in a pan for one minute to soften it. Note that not many people love belacan's smell and you'll need to open all the windows to release the smell from your home. But you need to ensure your neighbor won't complain with this belacan strong smell =)

As an alternative, you can toast / warm the belacan in the microwave, so the smell won't be as bad as when you toast it in a pan.

Belacan itself will give a tasty shrimp flavor and a punch of saltiness to your stir fry, believe me, it's worth the smell.

Kangkung Belacan
Kangkung Belacan

This is my favorite Kangkung Belacan Stir Fry Recipe:

  • Cook time: 30 min
  • Ready in: 30 min
  • Yields: 2

Ingredients

  • 2 stalks of kangkung / water spinach
  • 2 long chillies (roughly chopped)
  • 1/4 tsp belacan (toast)
  • 2 cloves garlic (chopped)
  • 3 cloves shallot (chopped)
  • 1 small tomato (roughly chopped)
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tbp of water
  • 1 tsp dried shrimp or ebi
  • 1 tsp vegetable oil

Instructions

  1. 1. Cut the water spinach 2 - 3 inches long, wash in cold running water, drain well.
  2. 2. Pre-heat the work and toast the dry belacan for 30 - 45 seconds. Set aside.
  3. 3. Using the same pre-heated wok, add chopped garlic, chopped shallot and chillies to season the oil
  4. 4. Add the oil, stir
  5. 5. Add the dried shrimp, stir. Then add the toasted balacan, stir
  6. 6. Add the stems of water spinach, then add the leaves of water spinach, stir
  7. 7. Add tomato, water, belacan, pinch of salt, stir
  8. 8. Serve in a serving platter
  9. Note: You can also use ready-to-serve Sambal Belacan to replace the toasted Balacan & chili. Add Sambal balacan after you add the oil.
  10. Recipe by Deyani, Image Source - Creative Common Picture
Tofu Noodle Stir Fry
Tofu Noodle Stir Fry
  • Prep time: 10 min
  • Cook time: 20 min
  • Ready in: 30 min
  • Yields: 4

Tofu & vegetable stir-fry

  • 300 g hokkien noodles
  • 2 tbs peanut oil
  • 350 g Blue Lotus Foods sweet chilli tofu nuggets (flavored tofu)
  • 2 carrots
  • peeled
  • cut into thick matchsticks
  • 1 red capsicum
  • deseeded
  • thinly sliced
  • 125 g baby corn
  • halved diagonally
  • 60 ml (1/4 cup) vegetable stock
  • 2 tbs sweet chilli sauce
  • 2 tbs Indonesian kecap manis
  • 5 green shallots
  • ends trimmed
  • thinly sliced

Instructions

  1. 1. Cook the noodles in a large saucepan of boiling water for 1-2 minutes or until separated and tender. Drain well.
  2. 2. Heat 1 tbs of the oil in a wok over high heat until just smoking. Add the tofu and stir-fry for 2-3 minutes or until light golden and heated through. Transfer to a heatproof bowl.
  3. 3. Heat the remaining oil in the wok over high heat. Add the carrot, capsicum and corn and stir-fry for 1 minute. Add the stock and cook, tossing, for 2-3 minutes or until vegetables are just tender.
  4. 4. Return the tofu to the wok along with the noodles, sweet chilli sauce, Indonesian kecap manis and green shallot, and stir-fry for 1 minute or until well combined and heated through. Divide among serving bowls and serve immediately.
  5. Note: When making a vegetarian stir-fry, always select firm tofu - as opposed to the silken variety - as it will retain its shape during the rapid cooking process.
  6. Recipe and Image Source

Grow your own vegetables & herbs

Fresh vegetables from our own garden always be the best and freshest ingredients for our vegetable stir-fry dishes. Grow your own vegetables using the tips and tricks shared by GonnaFly on her lens about Vegetable Gardening Tips

How to make a delicious vegetable dishes using soy sauce

Soy Sauce

There are two main types of soy sauce: light and dark soy sauce. Light soy sauce is lighter in color and is mainly used on the cooking process as it is saltier.

On the other hand, the dark soy sauce is usually used for marinating the meat and it is darker in color. The texture is thicker than the light sauce.

Most of Chinese Vegetable Stir Fry dishes use light soy sauce as its main ingredient. You can purchase the sauce at your favorite Asian grocery store or at Amazon.com:

Kikkoman - Soy Sauce 5.0 Oz
Kikkoman - Soy Sauce 5.0 Oz

Kikkoman soy sauce is a light soy sauce

 

Thank you for visiting Delicious Vegetable Stir Fry Recipes. I'd love to hear about your favorite vegetable stir fry moment. Do you cook stir fry at home? What's your favorite stir fry meal?

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    DrSeedBall 3 years ago

    Very nice intro to stir fry! Thanks for sharing the techniques and videos!

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    Vortrek Grafix 4 years ago

    Now that's a great lens on making vegetables exciting! Our compliments.

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    redrossero lm 5 years ago

    I love kankung, I'll try your recipe.

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    Rammelfirdaus 5 years ago

    Chinese brocoli with oyster sauce is one of my favourite asian dish

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    Harriet 5 years ago from Indiana

    What more can I say except Yummy. I could read this lens a thousand times and not get tired of all that great cooking and the smell, wow!!

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    Bookmama2 5 years ago

    Wow, you are making me very hungry!

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    aquarian_insight 5 years ago

    Fabulous tips and information. I fancy whipping up a stir fry now - thank you!

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    SallyForth 5 years ago

    Nice lens. Yum is the only other thing I have to say.

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    futurefocus57 5 years ago

    We love ginger beef broccoli.

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    Rawz_B_A 5 years ago

    I love Filipino food.

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    Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

    Good information about soy sauce. I didn't realize there were two kinds!

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    Sue Mah 5 years ago from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

    Stir fry kangkung with belachan is one of my favorite dishes. This spicy dish certainly makes you want to eat more!

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    Bobbala 5 years ago

    Great recipes. Thank you!

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    kristimoore 5 years ago

    There's another Asian food that I love, it's called pancit. Looks like Tofu & vegetable stir-fry above.

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    fivee05 lm 5 years ago

    Thanks for sharing.

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    ramorureo 5 years ago

    Asian food is really delish specially the Indonesian.

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    Andycakes 5 years ago

    Beautiful. I have saved this page and printed off one of the vegetarian recipes. Now all I need is a wok!

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    Harriet 5 years ago from Indiana

    These sound yummy. I can't wait to try my hand at stir fryling.

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    getmoreinfo 5 years ago

    This is a great lens I like the information and will be coming back to read more of your work.

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    anonymous 5 years ago

    Enjoy dishes like this, my wife will look at my pinterest account and see what's new for her to make sometimes. *blessed by a squid angel* for this good lookin' recipe.

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    intermarks 5 years ago

    Another delicious lens. Thanks for the recipes!

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    shishuworld 5 years ago

    great recipes..

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    anonymous 5 years ago

    Looks really Yummy :D

    Great lens

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    dahlia369 5 years ago

    Great recipe lens and nice images! :)

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    flycatcherrr 5 years ago

    Your pictures have made me hungry! Delicious stir-fry recipes... This is one of my favourite ways to enjoy fresh vegetables. *blessed*

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    Matthew 5 years ago from Silicon Valley

    Great recipe ideas, plus love the video on perfect rice. Something seemingly so easy can actually be quite challenging. Thank you.

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    ismeedee 5 years ago

    I asked my Six yr old recently if he'd like me to show him how to cook something and he said, 'yes, chinese noodles'! So we made a stir fry together, with marinated tofu, etc. When I went to cook the noodles with him he said, 'NO! Not those noodles!' Turned out, he had meant he wanted to 'make his own' noodles from the flour!!!! Haha! So... next time we will!

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    AskLou1 5 years ago

    All of them sound great! Thanks for sharing!

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    Loraine Brummer 5 years ago from Hartington, Nebraska

    Great lens!!

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    YourFirstTime 5 years ago

    I luv a stir fry - easy and healthy. Can't beat it.

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    AJ 5 years ago from Australia

    Delish!

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    blanckj 5 years ago

    These recipes look very yummy. Thanks for sharing.

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    RecipePublishing 6 years ago

    Wow, what a treat!

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    bkarsono 6 years ago

    Yummy. Sedaaaap euy, Jadi lapar liat kangkung. I stir fry a lot of things...even pineapple, Try it...LOL. Thanks again.

    P.S. Ajaarin dong buat lens yg berwarna-warni. Makasih ya...

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    CoeGurl 6 years ago from USA

    These recipes look delicious. Thanks for sharing!

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    anonymous 6 years ago

    Stir fry is quick, easy, delicious and nutritious and you just can't go wrong with that. Very nicely done and you have shared so many wonderful recipes. I like how you share the tip on what to do if too much water is used.