The stir-fry is our go-to weeknight dinner. A little meat and vegetable prep, a pot of rice, a 10-minute (or less) cooking time in a hot wok—it has all the elements of a healthy, texturally interesting, and endlessly variable dish. Here are 8 easy recipes that never leave our repertoire.
1. Spicy Chicken and Asparagus Stir-Fry
Here’s a Sichuan-style stir-fry adapted to the tastes and time level of the North American cook with barely enough time to drop her keys on the table before having to get dinner started. If it’s not asparagus season, substitute green beans or half moons of zucchini. Get our Spicy Chicken and Asparagus Stir-Fry recipe.
2. Easy Chicken Stir-Fry
Quickly stir-fry red bell pepper and snow peas. Next stir-fry the chicken in its marinade. Add the vegetables back to the pan, stir to coat everything in the sauce, and serve this fast, fresh, vegetable-packed meal in about 30 minutes. Get our Easy Chicken Stir-Fry recipe.
3. Five-Spice Pork Stir-Fry with Sweet Potatoes and Snap Peas
Sweet potatoes are the counterintuitive ingredient here, in this deeply flavored stir-fry. Boneless pork chops or tenderloin is marinated with brown sugar and rice wine (or dry sherry), then sliced and stir-fried. Fresh snow peas add sweetness and crunch. Get our Five-Spice Pork Stir-Fry recipe.
4. Shrimp Stir-Fry
This stir-fry is a good example of the Chinese-American style called lo mein, where meat and vegetables are quickly cooked together and then the whole dish is tossed with noodles at the end. Use fresh Gulf White shrimp, if possible. Get our Shrimp Stir-Fry recipe.
5. Spicy Snow Pea and Sesame Stir-Fry
Perfect for a weeknight meal, this vegetarian quick stir-fry has a touch of red-pepper-flake spiciness, unusually flavorful tofu, and bright, crunchy snow peas. Serve with plenty of steamed rice. Get our Spicy Snow Pea and Sesame Stir-Fry recipe.
6. Teriyaki Tofu and Veggie Stir-Fry
Firm tofu picks up tons of flavor in a heady teriyaki marinade of soy, mirin, brown sugar, ginger, and garlic. It meets up with broccoli, carrots, and sugar snap peas in a searing wok, for a healthy, one-dish (well, two, counting rice) weeknight dinner. Get our Teriyaki Tofu and Veggie Stir-Fry recipe.
7. Wild Mushroom and Beef Stir-Fry
A seasonal mix of wild mushrooms are tossed with sweet leeks, crunchy celery, and tender flank steak, for a savory stir-fry that expands most people’s expectations of what this dish can be. Make it in fall or spring, when the woods (and markets) are thick with authentically wild mushrooms. Get our Wild Mushroom and Beef Stir-Fry recipe.
8. Hoisin Explosion Chicken
The Chinese technique of velveting keeps the chicken succulent and tender, and prepping the stir-fry ingredients while the chicken marinates makes this dish fast—maybe even faster than delivery. Get our Hoisin Explosion Chicken recipe.