Its Dinner time. You’re hungry now, but you don’t want to wait to eat out, and you don’t want to clean a million bowls. What’s the solution? Fast frying! Balanced stir fry recipes cover all the bases for a quick and healthy meal. It’s the ultimate convenience in one pan, super fast, and can be made with the health you want.
All it takes is a few basic ingredients and a super hot skillet. Pans are nice for the way the sloping sides keep food moving, but they aren’t necessary. Keep a few staples on hand to make a quick sauce like low-sodium soy sauce or tamari, ginger, garlic, and cornstarch to thicken. If you’d like more French fries, add hoisin sauce and a chili sauce like sambal oleek.
Here’s a great selection of stir-fry recipes that include lean meats, crunchy vegetables, and just the right amount of rice or noodles. Plus, try 16 healthy shrimp recipes that take 15 minutes (or less!).
Mushrooms, green beans, and lean steak meet heat in this quick recipe. Hoisin and chili sauce add just enough heat and sweetness to the tongue to make this recipe you’ll come back to whenever you crave a quick stir-fry.
Get our sweet and spicy stir-fry recipe.
Early spring is the perfect time to prepare a quick stir fry. Take all those fresh veggies and turn them into a dinner full of garlic, ginger, and a touch of soy sauce and honey.
Get the recipe from Cookie + Kate.
When fibrous mangoes crumble into the sauce, they add great texture to these delicious quick stir-fries. It also plays beautifully with a hint of Sambal Olek Chili Sauce – a must in any kitchen. Sugar peas add great taste here but use whatever fresh vegetables you like.
Get our recipe from Chili Mango Chicken.
Who said that fast frying doesn’t include dumplings? If you love dipping dumplings in sauce, you’ll love this easy 20-minute skillet filled with carrots and green beans, and topped with ginger garlic sauce.
Get the recipe from Sweet Phi.
These quick stir fry include Thai flavors like fish sauce, lemon juice, basil (look for Thai if you can) and mint. Thinly sliced vegetables are mixed with the sauce that surrounds the sirloin.
Get our recipe for Quick Paleo Thai Beef Stir-Fry.
Once you go to zoodles, you may never make zucchini any other way. Bites of zoodles are the perfect counterpoint to crisp carrots, peas, and broccoli drizzled in a light garlic-ginger sauce. You can add protein, like tofu or chicken, but this healthy dish is okay without one.
Get the recipe from Katie’s Cucina.
The perfect way to make healthy fried rice that’s packed with plenty of veggies, not the pea pops that come from the takeaway version. Zucchini, carrots, broccoli, and mushrooms help make this quick treat for leftover rice a meal.
Get our recipe for fried chicken rice.
Don’t miss the very important step of pressing the tofu so you get the most caramelization and thus the flavour. Use any combination of vegetables you like, but shiitake mushrooms, cabbage, and red pepper are a flavor-packed combination to try. Also, use precooked cereal if you want to save some time.
Get the recipe from Minimalist Baker.
Cashews add a lovely bite to this quick pasta. Buy mixed stir-fried veggies to get this deceptively vegetarian dish on the table fast. The sauce is a mixture of soy sauce, honey, rice vinegar, peanut butter or tahini, with a touch of molasses to imitate hoisin.
Get the recipe from Half-Baked Harvest.
Kung Pao Chicken is one of the infamous greasy bomb dishes, this quick recipe puts the heat back in the driver’s seat and cuts quite a few calories. While a long soak in the marinade will add flavor to the chicken, you can leave it marinate while you prepare the vegetables if you want to make this meal for 20 minutes.
Get our recipe for kung pao chicken.
This Indian-style curry takes no more than 25 minutes to prepare, yet it will taste like it’s been simmering all day. The balance of creamy coconut milk, sweet cubes of pumpkin, and the gentle heat of curry powder can make even the most angular of cannibals forget he was only eating vegetables.
Get our recipe for Curry Cauliflower Butternut Squash Stir-Fry.
The beauty of eating at home is controlling the ratio of protein to vegetables. Obviously, to make the dish more healthy, add vegetables. This one is filled with broccoli and peppers. Again, to make this dish faster, marinate the meat for a shorter period of time, and the umami-filled stir-fry of soy sauce, oyster sauce, garlic, and ginger will pick up the slack.
Get our recipe for Beef with Broccoli.
Keep some good quality vegetable bags in the freezer to turn leftover rice into a healthy meal. Then all you need is ginger, garlic, soy sauce, and eggs, and dinner is served.
Get our ready-made vegetable fried rice recipe.
As the recipe states, this Thai classic (called Gay Bad GrapeIt gets its flavor from hot peppers, garlic, and fresh herbs — nutritional powerhouses known to boost metabolism and fight cancer. Together, they also make for a full flavor experience that beats nearly any Chinese frying pan in the health department. Adjust the heat in this Thai chicken recipe to your liking, but if it’s not at least somewhat fiery, it’s not Thai.
Get our recipe for spicy Thai chicken with basil.
Fill this dish with shrimp and vegetables and drink lighter noodles. You’ll fill up faster and still quell carb cravings. The best way to get the most out of green onions is to separate the tougher white parts from the greens. Fry the white parts with the vegetables and then scatter the green parts on top at the end for a fresh crunch.
Get our low calorie lo mein prawns recipe.