What to eat with a stir fry?

In this brief guide, we will answer the query, “What to eat with a stir fry?”. We will also talk about what stir-frying is and if it is healthy or not.

What to eat with a stir fry?

As stir fry is a meal in itself, but you can eat stir fry with a serving of steamed rice, egg-fried rice, fried noodles, hot and sour soup, scallion pancakes, noodle soup, crispy spring rolls, bao buns, steamed dumplings, pasta, bread toasts, sourdough bread, naan bread, or any other food item you would like to eat.

Stir fry goes really well with anything cooked or raw such as salads or fruit skewers. Stir fry can also be paired with roasted meat or poultry or a stew, curries, barbecues, and lasagnas.  

If you are thinking of an even more, healthier meal then serving the stir fry with quinoa salad, lentil dal, polenta, steamed fish or chicken, stir-fried greens, and beans is also a good idea.

What is stir-frying?

Stir-frying is a technique of cooking meat and vegetables quickly in a small amount of oil on a high flame with frequent stirring and tossing in a wok. Stir-frying originated in China and is a very popular method of cooking in Chinese cuisine. It is similar to sauteeing popular in French cuisine.

Is stir fry healthy?

Eating stir fry is a healthy way of getting those vegetables and meat in your diet without increasing those calories and cholesterol levels. As a little to zero amount of oil is used for stir-frying, the oil intake is minimal which is good for health.

Also, stir fry is all about more colorful vegetables and lean meat proteins with a dash of oil cooked quickly on high flame without deteriorating the nutrient and mineral content of the vegetables as cooking for a long time can reduce the nutrition levels.

How to make a perfect stir fry?

Making a stir fry is an easy job but making a perfect stir fry can be a task for some people. Here we explain a step-by-step process of making a perfect stir fry.

Have the sauce ready

The sauce is one of the important aspects of a perfect stir fry. Whether you are going to use a store-bought stir fry sauce or whip one up is your choice or opt-out to use only soy sauce is all your decision.

Making a stir fry sauce at home is pretty easy if you plan to make one. All you need is to mix brown sugar, rice wine vinegar, soy sauce, and garlic to get a flavor-packed sauce ready for your stir fry. 

Marinate your proteins

Marinating the meat or vegetarian protein option such as tofu or mushrooms makes the stir fry more flavorful. You can simply marinate the proteins with the stir fry sauce with the addition of salt and pepper and any other spices you love.

Marination can add flavors and body to the proteins as well as help tenderize the meat which will make it quicker to cook and still remain juicy and tender after cooking.

Have your veggies ready

It is important to cut all your vegetables beforehand as you would not want to cut and cook at the same time as the stir fry technique is supposed to cook at a fast pace without losing the crunch, texture, and nutrition of the vegetables.

You should be mindful to cut all the vegetables in a uniform manner i.e. if one of the vegetables is cut into chunks and diced then the rest of the vegetable should be cut in chunks and diced as a uniform cut will help in cooking the vegetable in uniformity or else it would turn into a disaster. 

Get the wok worked up

It is really important to use a wok, no wok-no stir fry. Some people use a large base skillet in case they don’t have a wok, but the end results are not the same.

So the next step is to get the wok fired up with a medium flame to get the wok nice and hot.

Start cooking

The important part of the cooking process is to get the wok nice and hot, then add a dash of oil and cook your proteins first. Cook them by constantly tossing and stirring until they are about 80% cooked. Remove them and place them on a side plate.

The next step is to heat the wok again, add a dash of oil and start stir-frying the vegetables starting with carrots and broccoli first followed by more delicate garlic, capsicums, and scallions with occasional stirring and tossing to get the heat from the wok to all individual vegetable pieces.

Once the vegetables are 80% done, add the cooked protein and the stir fry sauce and keep tossing and stirring until they are ready and cooked.

Serve them hot

It is essential to serve your stir fry nice and hot as they tend to become soft and watery as the vegetables tend to release water after some time as they start cooling. A side of rice or noodles or bao or dumplings goes really well to enjoy the flavorful stir fry.

Conclusion

In this brief guide, we answered the query, “What to eat with a stir fry?”. We also talked about what stir-frying is and if it is healthy or not.

I hope you find this blog useful. If you have any questions, please let us know.

References

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stir_frying

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