Asian vegetable stir fry recipe
While this recipe for Asian vegetable stir fry is full of exciting and interesting flavors, it is actually quite easy to make. With just a few minutes of prep time, you will have a vegetable-packed meal that will have everyone in your family running to the table.
Tasty Vegetarian Asian Recipe
Are you looking for a great new vegetarian recipe that is healthy, fits into your dietary requirements and is also easy to make? Well, look no further because you have found it! Our recipe for Asian vegetable stir fry is simple yet tasty. In addition, it’s packed with a great variety of healthy vegetables that are going to make you want to whip up this recipe again and again. Lots of veggies in a delicious Asian inspired sauce is what you should be having for dinner tonight!
How to Make Asian Stir Fry
Making the Asian inspired sauce and frying up the veggies in a wok or large skillet is about all it takes to make this recipe. In fact, you can have the veggies ready to eat, on the table, in just about 20 minutes! Take a look at how easy it really is to make Asian vegetable stir fry:
- Combine the soy sauce, balsamic vinegar, peanut butter, chili powder and lemon juice together in a small bowl and stir until nice and smooth.
- Add the sesame oil to a large skillet and heat over medium-high heat.
- Add the minced garlic and saute for one minute. When the garlic just begins to brown, it is time for the next step. (garlic goes from golden brown to black quickly so be sure to keep your eye on the garlic as it cooks in the pan.
- Add the veggies and sauce and toss all the ingredients together in the hot oil. Cook for about 10 minutes or until the veggies begin to brown.
- Serve while hot over rice, noodles or alone as a side dish! Sprinkle with some salt and pepper to top it all off.
As you can see, it doesn’t have to be hard to make a fantastic Asian vegetarian dish. So, if you have 15 minutes to spend in the kitchen, you should definitely give this recipe a try!
Veggies in Asian Stir Fry
Our recipe utilizes a mixed bag of frozen veggies in order to make this recipe even easier to prepare. All you need to do is open the bag and the vegetables are already pre-cut and mixed for you! There are a lot of different types of frozen mixed vegetables to choose from but we prefer to use a blend that contains veggies commonly found in Asian cuisine. For example, look for a bag of mixed vegetables that has:
- snow peas
- red bell pepper
- snap peas
- water chestnuts
Of course, feel free to choose your favorite vegetables to use in the recipe- any mix will work! You can even use fresh chopped vegetables in place of frozen. If you opt for fresh veggies, keep in mind that the cook time will be lower and the vegetables will cook faster.
Perfect Meal Prep Recipe
Making food in advance has so many advantages. You can make the recipe whenever you have a little extra time in the kitchen, double or triple the recipe and then have a healthy, delicious meal ready and waiting! So, if you are wondering can you make stir fry ahead of time, the answer is yes! Our recipe for Asian stir fry vegetables is a perfect make-ahead dish. Divide the cooked veggies between airtight containers, placing about a cup in each container and store them in the fridge for up to a week.
Make Your Own Vegetable Stir Fry
While this recipe is delicious and perfect as it is, there are a few alterations to the ingredients you may want to try to make this dish more personalized toward your tastes. Give these ideas a try when you want to get creative in the kitchen.
- When making the sauce for the recipe, replace the balsamic vinegar with soy sauce or low sodium soy sauce. This will enhance the Asian flavor of the stir fry.
- Grate or mince some fresh ginger and add it to the hot sesame oil along with garlic. The fresh ginger will add a little bit of spice and brighten up the vegetable stir fry. If you only have ground ginger, this can work as well. Add about 1/2 teaspoon of ground ginger to the sauce mix, blending it in with the other sauce ingredients.
- If you do not have sesame oil, use olive oil, canola oil or peanut oil in it’s place.
- Add some sesame seeds to the hot oil along with the garlic. The seeds will toast in the hot garlic oil and add an incredible amount of flavor.
- Find a veggie blend that has red bell pepper or slice your own pepper to add to the vegetable stir fry. Adding red pepper makes this recipe delicious and adds a pop of color.
- Double the sauce ingredients to give the veggies and extra cup of sauce goodness.
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So many flavorful vegetables that you will want a second helping!
- 1 bag of frozen veggies (California blend or Asian Style with noodles work great!)
- 1 tablespoon sesame oil or peanut oil
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
- 1 tablespoon peanut butter
- ½ tablespoon chili powder
- juice of ½ lemon
- sea salt and black pepper (to taste)
- Mix soy sauce, venegar, peanut butter, chili powder and lemon in a small bowl. Set aside.
- Heat oil in a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Once oil is hot, add garlic and let cook for no more than 1 minute.
- Add frozen veggies to skillet and pour the prepared sauce evenly throughout. Continue to cook on medium-high heat for approximately 10 minutes or until veggies are fully cooked.
- Snow peas, broccoli and carrots are all vegetable stir fry essentials. If you can’t find a frozen vegetable mix with these veggies, add a few fresh vegetables to the mix yourself. A cup of fresh snow peas or thinly sliced carrots will definitely make your recipe even more amazing.
- While our Asian vegetable stir fry recipes make a great side dish, you can easily turn it into a full meal by serving the stir fry vegetables over a cup of rice, noodles or brown rice. Cook the rice or noodles according to the package directions, estimating about 1 cup cooked rice or noodles per serving of vegetable stir fry.
- If you do not need this recipe to be vegetarian, add some cooked, sliced chicken to the vegetable stir fry recipe. Keep the rest of the ingredients the same and estimate about a cup of cubed chicken per serving of stir fry.