A stir-fry is a fun meal that can be filled with a wide variety of meat and slices of wholesome vegetables or spicy peppers that are otherwise difficult to get children to eat. Whether you choose to lay your favourite stir-fry combination on a bed of rice or a nest of noodles, we’ve collected some fool-proof tips to help you on your quest for the next perfect, child-approved stir-fry.
- Make sure all the ingredients are cut into even-sized pieces. This helps them cook evenly and ensures that there are no hard veggies between all the other cooked ones.
- This being said, cutting your meat into even sized pieces or strips allows for a shorter cooking time, meaning less time spent at the stove.
- Fry your ingredients in small batches. A wok that is over-filled will cool fast, which will cause the ingredients to stew in their own juices.
- Your wok or pan should be very hot when you add the oil to ensure maximum heat for cooking your ingredients.
- If you’re adding garlic, make sure to fry it quickly over a medium-low heat and don’t let it brown as this will make it taste bitter. Frying the garlic is easier to do before adding your meat and will help flavour the meat.
- Start off by browning the chicken, beef or pork strips in batches, then set them aside on a plate.
- When you start frying your vegetables, start with those which usually take longer to cook such as carrots, onions and peppers.
- Then add the rest of the veggies or ingredients that have a shorter cooking time, such as mushrooms or pineapple.
- Once the veggies are done, you can add the meat back into the pan or wok to finish cooking.
- Last add the quickest-cooking veggies such as spinach and bean sprouts, along with any sauces you’re using, such as soy sauce, oyster sauce or rice wine.
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