Basic Stir-fry Recipe
It's easy to whip up a simple but tasty stir-fry dish on those nights when you're in a hurry. The basic recipe is as follows:
Serves 3 - 4
3/4 - 1 lb meat
3 cups vegetables (or as desired)
3 tablespoons stir-fry sauce
1 1/2 - 2 tablespoons oil
Slice the meat. If using canned or fresh vegetables, prepare as necessary. Heat wok and add oil. When oil is ready, add meat and stir-fry until 80 percent done (until the redness in the meat is gone if using beef, or until chicken turns white). Remove and set aside.
Add vegetables to wok. Add sauce and begin stir-frying, mixing the sauce in with the vegetables. Add the meat, and stir-fry rapidly.* When vegetables are tender but not overcooked, remove and serve hot over rice.
*If necessary, at this point you can push the vegetables up to the side of the wok to make sure the meat is thoroughly cooked.
On nights when you're not quite so pressed for time, other steps you can take to add more of an Asian flavor include marinating the meat, tossing a few pieces of sliced ginger and garlic in the oil before adding other ingredients, and using fresh vegetables instead of frozen.