It’s time for dinner. You’re hungry now, but you don’t want to wait for takeout and you don’t want to clean a million pans. What is the solution? A stir fry! Balanced stir-fry recipes cover all the bases for a quick, healthy meal. They are the ultimate one-pot convenience, they are super fast and can be made as healthy as you want them to be.
All a wok dish needs are some basic ingredients and a super hot pan. Woks are nice because of the way the angled sides keep food moving, but not essential. Keep a few staples on hand to make a quick sauce, such as low-sodium soy sauce or tamari, ginger, garlic, and cornstarch for thickening. If you want to get spicy, add hoisin sauce and a chili sauce like sambal olek.
Here’s a great collection of healthy stir-fry recipes with lean meats, crunchy veggies, and just the right amount of rice or noodles. Plus, try these 16 healthy shrimp recipes that take 15 minutes (or less!).
Mushrooms, green beans and lean flank steak meet heat in this quick recipe. Hoisin sauce and chili sauce add just enough mouth-watering heat and sweetness to make this a recipe you’ll return to when the craving for stir-fry strikes.
Get our recipe for Sweet and Spicy Beef Stir-Fry.
Early spring is the perfect time to make stir-fries. Take all those farm-fresh veggies and turn them into a filling dinner laced with garlic, ginger, and a hint of soy sauce and honey.
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As stringy mango breaks down in the sauce, it adds a luscious texture to this delicious stir-fry. It also plays beautifully with a touch of sambal olek chili sauce – a must-have in any kitchen. Sugar snaps add a great bite here, but use any fresh veggies you love.
Get our Chili Mango Chicken recipe.
Who says a stir fry can’t hold dumplings? If you love dipping dumplings in sauce, you’ll love this easy 20-minute stir-fry packed with carrots and green beans, lightly coated in a ginger-like garlic sauce.
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This stir-fry features Thai flavors like fish sauce, lime juice, basil (look for Thai if you can), and mint. Thinly sliced vegetables melt together with the sauce that surrounds the succulent flank steak.
Get our recipe for Quick Paleo Thai Beef Stir Fry.
Once you become zoodles, there is no other way to make zucchini. The zoodles bite is the perfect counterpoint to crunchy carrots, snow peas and broccoli, all enrobed in a light garlic-ginger sauce. You could add a protein, such as tofu or chicken, but this healthy dish can also do without.
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The perfect way to make healthy, filling fried rice is with lots of vegetables, not the obligatory peas that come from the takeaway. Zucchini, carrots, broccoli and mushrooms help make this quick treat for leftover rice a meal.
Get our recipe for Chicken Fried Rice.
Don’t skip the very important step of pressing the tofu so that it gets the most caramelization and therefore flavor. Use any combination of vegetables you like, but shiitake mushrooms, cabbage, and red peppers are a flavorful mix to try. Also use precooked grains if you want to save some time.
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Cashews add a nice bite to this quick noodle stir-fry. Buy mixed stir-fry vegetables to quickly get this deceptively vegan dish on the table. The sauce is a mixture of soy sauce, honey, rice vinegar, and peanut butter or tahini, with a hint of molasses to mimic hoisin.
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Kung pao chicken is one of those infamous fat bomb takeaways, this quick recipe puts the heat back in the driver’s seat and kicks quite a few calories to the curb. While a long soak in the marinade adds flavor to the chicken, if you want to make this a 20-minute meal, you can just soak it while you’re preparing the vegetables.
Get our recipe for Kung Pao Chicken.
This Indian-style curry takes no more than 25 minutes to prepare, but it will taste like it’s been simmering all day. The balance of the creamy coconut milk, the sweet diced pumpkin and the subtle heat of the curry powder would make the most devoted meat-eater forget that he ate only vegetables.
Get our recipe for Curry Cauliflower Butternut Squash Stir-Fry.
The great thing about takeout at home is controlling the ratio of protein to vegetables. Of course, to make a dish healthier, the vegetables. This one is packed with crunchy broccoli and bell peppers. Again, to make this a quicker dish, marinate the meat for a shorter amount of time, the umami-packed stir-fry of soy sauce, oyster sauce, garlic, and ginger will pick up the slack.
Get our recipe for Takeaway Beef With Broccoli Recipe.
Keep a few bags of high-quality stir-fry vegetables in the freezer to turn leftover rice into a filling, healthy meal. Then all you need is ginger, garlic, soy sauce and an egg and dinner is served.
Get our recipe for Takeaway Fried Rice.
As the recipe indicates, this Thai classic (called gai pad grapow) gets its flavor from chili peppers, garlic, and fresh herbs — nutritional powerhouses known to boost metabolism and fight cancer. Together, they also provide a full-throttle flavor experience that surpasses nearly any Chinese stir-fry in the health department. Adjust the heat in this Thai chicken recipe to your taste, but if it’s not at least a little fiery, then it’s not Thai.
Get our recipe for Spicy Thai Chicken With Basil.
Pack this dish with filling shrimp and veggies and go lighter on the noodles. You’ll feel full faster and still calm your carbohydrate cravings. The best way to get the most out of your scallions is to separate the tougher white parts from the green parts. The white parts sauté with the vegetables, then the green parts are sprinkled on top at the end for a fresh crunch.
Get our recipe for Low-Calorie Shrimp Lo Mein.