Stir fries are just the thing when you´ve had a busy day and fancy cooking something that doesn´t require much preparation or cooking time. There are so many stir fry recipes that can be made with some basic ingredients plus items you can keep in the cupboard (check out your local Chinese store or supermarket). Here are some of the tastiest stir fry recipes for you to try …
1 Broccoli & Ginger Beef
This recipe, like many stir fry recipes, can be made while the rice is cooking. There´s very little preparation involved, so pick up some steak on your way home and you can be enjoying this meal in no time at all. The recipe suggests fresh ginger, but you can also keep a jar of chopped ginger in the fridge.
2 Honeyed Duck & Vegetable Stir Fry
If you´re feeling like trying more adventurous stir fry recipes, then duck is just the thing. It seems that not many people have tried it. Like many stir fries, the duck requires very little cooking. It needs to be marinaded for just a few minutes before cooking. If you don´t like duck, try chicken instead.
3 Ants Climbing a Tree
Isn´t this just the most amazing name? I hear that in certain countries, insects are a popular food, but there aren´t any in this stir fry. Perhaps any Chinese readers could enlighten us as to the origin of the name? Anyway, try this recipe if you like pork – or just want to see people´s faces as you inform them they´re eating ´Ants Climbing A Tree´.
4 Sausage Stir Fry
I´d never have thought of using sausages in stir fries, but it sounds an interesting prospect. Use plain or flavoured sausages according to your preference. I´d use some vegetarian sausages and cut them into slices, instead of making meatballs as in the recipe. The orange juice will add a delicious flavour.
5 Cashew Chicken
This recipe calls for a trip to your nearest Chinese grocer – or a lot of supermarkets now sell Chinese ingredients such as canned water chestnuts. The rest of the ingredients are easily found – everywhere sells soy sauce now. Vegetarians could substitute soy chunks or Quorn, if it´s available where you live.
6 Hot Chilli Prawns
Here´s a stir fry recipe for prawn lovers. If you like chillis as well, you´ll be in seventh heaven. For those who are not quite brave enough to tackle too much heat, simply tone down the chilli. For once, I won´t suggest a vegetarian alternative as there really isn´t anything that you can substitute for prawns!
7 Nutty Tofu Stir Fry
Now for a couple of vegetarian stir fries. A lot of people dismiss tofu as ´boring veggie stuff´. I love it myself in any recipe, but the key to using tofu is to cook it with lots of flavours, as on its own it has little taste. So this recipe is the perfect introduction for people who think they won´t or don´t like tofu.
8 Mushroom & Vegetable Stir Fry
Vegetables on their own make a simple but delicious stir fry, and I never miss out mushrooms as I love them in this type of dish. Garlic and ginger are a classic combination in stir fry recipes; you can use the fresh variety or keep the chopped version in the fridge (dried ginger or garlic really doesn´t work in stir fries.
Stir fries are deservedly popular, being quick, easy and using very little oil. A wok is a really great investment if you like to cook quick, healthy meals. There are so many stir fry recipes that this method of cooking never gets boring, so keep some ingredients in the cupboard for when you fancy getting out the wok. Are you a fan of stir fries, and what are your favourite recipes?
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