When you need a fast and fresh meal for the whole family, a stir-fry is the way to go! This lightning fast cooking technique not only fits hectic lifestyles, but also health-conscious tastes by combining plenty of vegetables and protein that is served over whole grains. Use these tips to stir-fry like a pro.
Start with Sizzle
The high temperature required for stir-frying sears food quickly and preserves the natural juices. Since not all oils stand up to high-heat cooking, choose one with a high smoke point like Pompeian® 100% Pure Non-Stick Avocado Oil Spray that can withstand temperatures of up to 450 to 500 degrees. This unique cooking spray has a subtle nutty flavor that enhances the Asian flavor accents in classic stir-fry and more. It’s also naturally high in monounsaturated fatty acids and antioxidants. All Pompeian® Cooking Sprays including OlivExtra®Original, 100% Grapeseed and Coconut Oils utilize a powerful pouch system without the use of propellants or artificial additives to dispense the oil. It also keeps the oil fresher, longer.
Stir-frying in an overcrowded wok will cause the ingredients to steam, not sear. While cooking the vegetables and meat or poultry in batches may take a little more time, the end result is worth it to achieve a deeper flavor and appealing texture. Our recipe-ready Choice Angus Beef Stir Fry from the fresh meat department is cut to a uniform size to speed up cooking and the smaller pieces offer more surface area for browning and absorption of flavors. Give it a try in our recipe for Szechuan Beef and Stir-Fried Rice.
Add the Veggies
When stir-fried, vegetables retain their vibrant color, crunch, flavor and nutrients and develop an irresistible, smoky flavor. Prep them in advance so they are ready to easily toss into the hot wok and for best results, remove vegetables from the heat as soon as they become crisp-tender to avoid over-cooking. Rushed for time? Use a fresh, pre-cut stir-fry vegetable medley from our produce department or frozen stir-fry vegetables.
Sauce it Up
This is the finishing touch to most stir-fries, followed by one last toss to bring it all together. You can make a sauce from scratch or use a bottled sauce like A Taste of Thai® Peanut, Red Chili or Seasoning Sauce to incorporate Thai flavors into the dish. Their entire collection of sauces, flavored rice, noodles, quick meals and more features only the finest authentic ingredients so you can recreate restaurant-quality ethnic meals in your very own kitchen.
Plate it Right
Serve stir-fry over a bed of brown rice to complete the meal and boost essential nutrients like B-vitamins, whole grains and fiber. Mild-tasting enriched U.S.-grown white rice and nutty-tasting whole-grain brown rice pairs perfectly with an array of flavors and nutritious ingredients that go beyond stir-fry. Research shows that individuals that regularly eat rice have healthier diets—so get creative! Try your favorite variety of rice in everything from ethnic recipes, like our Stir-Fried Rice, to pilaf, stuffing, desserts and even breakfast.
Garnishes enhance the flavor and texture of stir-fry, while adding visual appeal. Fresh green onions, herbs and toasted nuts all pair well with the Asian flavors in stir-fry. Or add an extra splash of bold, ‘umami’ flavor with naturally-brewed Kikkoman® Less Sodium Soy Sauce. Umami, Japanese for ‘savory’ and ‘delicious’ increases a food’s flavor depth, while also lessening the need for added salt. Compared to their all-purpose Soy Sauce, the Less Sodium variety undergoes a salt removal process after fermentation that reduces the sodium content by 37 percent, without altering its distinctive flavor. Use it in braising sauces, soups and stews or to bring leftovers back to life.
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