7 Clever Variations of Stir-fry Dinners
A long-time tradition of eastern culture as well as a steadfast meal for those who want a complete meal quickly, the stir-fry is a great way to get everything you need in a single dish. The mainstay of a stir-fry dinner is a mixture of assorted vegetables, a small portion of a high-protein meat or meat substitute. The ingredients are often topped with your choice of a spices or topping like soy sauce. Finally, the mixture is usually served in or next to a side of rice or noodles. The stir-fry is not only a clever way to get all your macronutrients in a single dish. It is also a great large-portion meal that can be kept refrigerator for 1-2 days. That way, you can snack on the stir-fry meal after meal and is easy to take on the go. Many people have a favourite stir-fry dish, but just like any other dish, it needs variety from now and then. Here are seven different stir-fry dishes you can use to add some flair to the basic dish.
One of the most popular variations is the teriyaki chicken dish. Marinade diced or strips of fresh chicken in a teriyaki sauce for 1-6 hours (depending upon preference). Add garlic to the marinade for a stronger taste with a healthy kick. Sautee the meats in the sauce for five minutes and then add veggies like cabbage, broccoli, carrots, bell pepper and onions. Sautee for another 10 minutes on medium heat and then turn off the burner and allowing the veggies to become imbued with the sauce as well. Then serve the dish atop rice or noodles.
Chilli and Parsley
Sticking with the poultry variation, try adding one teaspoon of Korean chillies with one tablespoon of parsley onto diced chicken marinade. Add garlic to you taste and about one-half to one whole lime’s worth of juice (again to taste). Make sure you thoroughly mix the ingredients so you get a nice even flavour all across the meat.
If you are tired of chicken, try a ginger and beef marinade. Use two tablespoons rice vinegar, five tablespoons soy sauce, and a teaspoon of chilli flakes. Then add a teaspoon of cumin and a tablespoon of sesame oil. Again, you can use garlic to your liking for added flavour. Use one-eighth cup of fresh ginger and mix it into bowl. Marinade for 30 minutes to 1 hour. Then cook the beef to your specifications. You can add cilantro after turning the burner off and let cook into the meal for 1-2 minutes to add a final flair of flavour.
Lentil and Almond
For a real change of pace, try this recipe complete with lentils, almond, and Brussels sprouts. The combination goes best with beef. Use two cups of lentils, two garlic cloves, a teaspoon of cider vinegar, and ½ cup of vegetable stock. Add in baby corn, green beans, and red pepper for color and flavor. You can also add two tablespoons of honey. When you want stir-fry but are tired of the usual, this recipe will surely bring you satisfaction. Make sure to boil and drain lentils and Brussels sprouts first before following the usual stir-fry sauté time.
Fish and Soy Sauce
For those who want a seafood variation, try fish in soy sauce stir-fry. Use onion, broccoli, and ginger to bring out the flavor. Make sure that your fish is thoroughly cooked before serving. This means a adding the veggies in a bit later than with other meats so you do not overcook them.
Shrimp and Scallops
If you want a more regal stir-fry, try using scallops and shrimp. Limejuice and parsley will complement both ingredients beautifully. This stir-fry has a more rich tapestry to it, and the both shrimp and scallops should be used sparingly. This allows the rest of the flavors to come through.
Caramel and Peanuts
Finally, for a sweet stir-fry variation, try Caramel Chicken. Have one-half cup roasted peanuts, two jalapenos, and veggies on the ready. You will need three-forth cup of brown sugar, one-third of cold water, fish sauce, and rice vinegar each. You will also require one tablespoon of ginger and some garlic. Whisk the sugar, water, fish sauce, and soy sauce, add one-third cup to the chicken, and cook for 6-8 minutes on medium heat. Then pour the remaining contents in and add peanuts, veggies, and jalapenos for the final 2-3 minutes of cooking. Garnish with cilantro and thank the inventor of the meal later.
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