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Stir fry

bozzaseanbozzasean Posts: 34Member Member Posts: 34Member Member
No big fan of the stir fry , what can you suggest to liven them up.

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  • SuzySunshine99SuzySunshine99 Posts: 994Member Member Posts: 994Member Member
    I'm lazy with my stir-frys, so I use a pre-made sauce. I'm not sure where you live, but if you have access to a Trader Joe's they have some good options. I like their General Tao's stir fry sauce, and also their curry simmer sauces. Add whatever protein and vegetables you want to that and it's a really easy meal.
  • LyndaBSSLyndaBSS Posts: 2,842Member, Premium Member Posts: 2,842Member, Premium Member
    I've been using la tourangelle stir fry oil and frying up spiralized butternut squash or sweet potato noodles, shredded carrots, snow peas, water chestnuts and shrimp then mix a basil pesto or mango chutney in. I toss a few handfuls of baby spinach on top, cover for a few minutes to steam the spinach then stir it all up and serve. Delicious!
  • kshama2001kshama2001 Posts: 18,944Member Member Posts: 18,944Member Member
    The Thai stir fries I make are super lively. https://smile.amazon.com/dp/4889960945/?coliid=I1I1A3DKPXBLPT&colid=3QWVCH2B1U3Y5&psc=0&ref_=lv_ov_lig_dp_it
    • Staples - fish sauce, lime juice, hot pepper (I use cayenne as it is easier to control the heat), sugar.
    • Often also included - soy sauce, oyster sauce.
    • Sometimes included - red curry paste, coconut milk (the thick kind, not the kind you drink.)

    I buy the fish sauce, etc. at an Asian store.

    But a good way to start is the pre-made sauces mentioned above.
    edited August 13
  • bozzaseanbozzasean Posts: 34Member Member Posts: 34Member Member
    kshama2001 wrote: »
    The Thai stir fries I make are super lively. https://smile.amazon.com/dp/4889960945/?coliid=I1I1A3DKPXBLPT&colid=3QWVCH2B1U3Y5&psc=0&ref_=lv_ov_lig_dp_it
    • Staples - fish sauce, lime juice, hot pepper (I use cayenne as it is easier to control the heat), sugar.
    • Often also included - soy sauce, oyster sauce.
    • Sometimes included - red curry paste, coconut milk (the thick kind, not the kind you drink.)

    I buy the fish sauce, etc. at an Asian store.

    But a good way to start is the pre-made sauces mentioned above.

    Thanks. Im a lively fan and enjoy Asian cuisine so I might take a look down this route.
  • wilson10102018wilson10102018 Posts: 417Member Member Posts: 417Member Member
    Of course, the trouble with stir fry at home is that the Chinese places cheat. They start with a quarter cup of oil in a Wok. How can you go wrong with that? Trouble is, the oil has 500 calories to start with. Then, add a cup of cooked rice per person and you have 750 calories in the Wok before you start adding vegetables and proteins.

    Leave the oil and rice out and no matter what you put in it, you are coming in second to the take-away food.

    Having said that, I am pretty fond of shallots sauteed in a pat of butter (50 calories) jalapenos, and sshrimp, then steamed under cooked rice and soy sauce. Cook until the rice gets a little crunchy on the skillet and the shrimp is steamed to pink.
  • kshama2001kshama2001 Posts: 18,944Member Member Posts: 18,944Member Member
    bozzasean wrote: »
    kshama2001 wrote: »
    The Thai stir fries I make are super lively. https://smile.amazon.com/dp/4889960945/?coliid=I1I1A3DKPXBLPT&colid=3QWVCH2B1U3Y5&psc=0&ref_=lv_ov_lig_dp_it
    • Staples - fish sauce, lime juice, hot pepper (I use cayenne as it is easier to control the heat), sugar.
    • Often also included - soy sauce, oyster sauce.
    • Sometimes included - red curry paste, coconut milk (the thick kind, not the kind you drink.)

    I buy the fish sauce, etc. at an Asian store.

    But a good way to start is the pre-made sauces mentioned above.

    Thanks. Im a lively fan and enjoy Asian cuisine so I might take a look down this route.

    Great! A note about that cookbook - I usually double the protein and expect to get less servings than stated. For example, if it says 4 servings, between the two of us, we get 2 to 2.5.
  • kshama2001kshama2001 Posts: 18,944Member Member Posts: 18,944Member Member
    Oh, this recipe is good. Thai basil has a very different flavor than regular Italian basil, but that is easier to find and would be fine as well. (Either way, needs to be the fresh herb.)

    https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/257938/spicy-thai-basil-chicken-pad-krapow-gai/

    Remember those Thai boys trapped in the underground cave for two weeks? That's what they wanted for their first meal after rescue ;)
    edited August 13
  • beckys19beckys19 Posts: 119Member Member Posts: 119Member Member
    I do a stir fry with chicken/turkey breast and apples. No particular recipe. I just cube up the meat, and peel/ slice apples (about 50/50 by size), spray pan with oil, cook apples until slightly tender, remove apples. Add a little more oil, cook chicken until done. Add apples back. Reduce heat to med-low, add some soy sauce, ground ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice. (ginger and cinnamon are key, but I like to toss in the others also). Depending on the apple you may have to toss in a teaspoon or so brown sugar (like for Granny Smith). Serve with rice.
  • puffbratpuffbrat Posts: 2,161Member Member Posts: 2,161Member Member
    I use soy sauce, hoisin sauce, oyster sauce, something red and spicy like chile flakes, and ginger.
  • LyndaBSSLyndaBSS Posts: 2,842Member, Premium Member Posts: 2,842Member, Premium Member
    @beckys19

    That sounds delicious.
  • Emmapatterson1729Emmapatterson1729 Posts: 704Member Member Posts: 704Member Member
    I love stir frys. I like adding fresh herbs like basil and cilantro!! Usually added to noodles, meat (steak or chicken), mushrooms, broccoli slaw, sprouts, lemongrass paste, and ginger... a little Teriyaki, sweet and sour, and a lot of Thai peanut sauce.

    My favorite!!!
  • BarbaraHelen2013BarbaraHelen2013 Posts: 237Member Member Posts: 237Member Member
    If you don’t like stir fry I’m wondering why you feel you need to eat one?

    I don’t like Sweet Potatoes or Parsnips or Butternut Squash, Sage, or any form of meat come to that and no amount of fancy recipes will change that. Plenty of other things I do like though, so I eat those. 😊
  • Emmapatterson1729Emmapatterson1729 Posts: 704Member Member Posts: 704Member Member
    beckys19 wrote: »
    I do a stir fry with chicken/turkey breast and apples. No particular recipe. I just cube up the meat, and peel/ slice apples (about 50/50 by size), spray pan with oil, cook apples until slightly tender, remove apples. Add a little more oil, cook chicken until done. Add apples back. Reduce heat to med-low, add some soy sauce, ground ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice. (ginger and cinnamon are key, but I like to toss in the others also). Depending on the apple you may have to toss in a teaspoon or so brown sugar (like for Granny Smith). Serve with rice.

    That sounds really good!!! I love incorporating apples into traditionally savory dishes! Never thought about stir fry!

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