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This vegetable stir fry recipe is full of colorful vegetables and an easy sauce that makes them taste irresistible! Add rice and a protein and you have dinner.
to make vegetables taste irresistible? Make a stir fry! These stir-fried vegetables are colorful and taste so delicious that you won’t want to stop eating them. It’s a great way to eat the best healthy vegetables! Doing a stir fry is easy, but you also need to know some tricks to do it right. When Alex and I started cooking, we would try to “wing” a stir-fry and it would come out tasteless without enough sauce, or with overcooked soft vegetables. Here’s everything you need to know to make a tasty sautéed vegetable pan: and how to serve it to make a healthy dinner.
Try also: Sautéed cauliflower!
to use in a stir-fry (cheat sheet and time!)
What are the best sautéed vegetables? Here is our list of the types that work best. Important: the hardness of the vegetable dictates the cooking time! Take a look at the list below and start with the vegetables that take longer to cook. Then add the fastest cooking vegetables. Here’s a trick sheet
: Vegetables that take 6 to 7 minutes to sauté:
- Pepper of any color, or a mixture
- Onion: white, yellow or red
- Mushrooms: portobello or shiitake
- Carrots, thinly sliced or in matches
Vegetables that take 3 to 5 minutes to sauté:
- Snow peas
- Bok choy
- summer squash
- Edamame, frozen and shelled
, thinly sliced
, chopped zucchini or
Vegetables that take 1 minute to sauté:
- green onion chopped, thinly sliced (or used as a garnish)
How to sauté vegetables
This is also important, so listen! A stir-fry cooks the ingredients over high heat in hot oil. This technique originated in China, and has since spread to other parts of Asia and around the world. It’s different from steaming vegetables and sautéing them, because you’ll want all your veggies to come into contact with the hot pan for a short period of time. Here are some tips on how to fry vegetables:
- Choose the right vegetables and add them according to the time in the list above.
- Use your larger skillet. A large skillet, cast iron skillet or wok works here.
- Important: Do not overfill the pan! If you overfill the pan with vegetables, they will be steamed instead of frying. If you want to make a large quantity, cook it in batches.
quick sautéed pan
Sauce is another part of a stir-fry that can be difficult to make well. Here’s why: If you fry the vegetables in the sauce for too long, the sauce will evaporate. Because of this, you’ll want to add the sauce at the end of the recipe. In this recipe, you will turn off the heat and then stir the sauce to cover.
In addition, there are different consistencies of sautéed sauces. Here’s a breakdown:
- tasty sauces that cover. The sauce in this vegetable stir-fry isn’t thick like what you might get from Chinese takeaway. But it is really tasty and covers all the vegetables perfectly.
- Thick sauces, usually thickened by cornstarch. Often, sautéed sauces are thick and shiny, thickened by cornstarch. If you like this type of sauce, try our homemade teriyaki sauce that is used in our stir-fry teriyaki vegetables.
Another option: try our Go-To Stir Fry sauce! It would work with the amount of vegetables in this recipe.
Add protein and rice to make it a meal
These sautéed vegetables are incredibly tasty and you’ll find yourself sneaking around constantly! To serve them as part of a healthy dinner, add rice (or noodles!) and a protein to keep you full. Alex and I eat mostly plant-based on the regular, and we’ve realized that just eating vegetables isn’t enough. You’ll need some sort of plant-based protein to help you stay full. Here’s what we recommend
- Cashews: Add 3/4 cup cashews with broccoli
- Edamame: 1 cup unshellededamame after 2 minutes.
- Tofu: Serve with marinated tofu, pan-fried tofu or grilled tofu
- Make ourshrimp sautéed with sesame and lime oil (and maybe a pinch of soy).
- Rice: Brown rice is the most abundant and a little more nutrient-dense. White rice is faster!
- Noodles: Try our fast Soba noodles for a perfect pairing.
Another big stir-fry? Try Baby Bok Choy Stir Fry.
This recipe is…
Vegetarian, vegan, plant-based, dairy-free and gluten-free.
More healthy dinner recipes
Eating your veggies is easy when they taste amazing! Here are a few more of our favorite vegetable recipes and healthy dinner ideas
- Chili Baked Potatoes This easy baked potato chili recipe works for weeknights or family dinners for a crowd!
- Vegan Shepherd’s Cake The hearty filling of vegetables and lentils contrasts with fluffy potatoes in this stunning plant-based dinner recipe.
- Vegan enchiladas Who needs cheese? These vegan enchiladas are so full of flavor that everyone will love them!
- Best TA Chickpea Burgers a hugely satisfying plant-based dinner! They are painted with barbecue and served topped with vegan bacon and spicy mayonnaise.
- Easy Miso Ramen This takes only 30 minutes! Miso provides a great flavor in a short cooking time.