To – Stir-Fry means to cook foods over high heat, moving them constantly with a utensil, in a small amount of hot oil. Stir-frying is best done using oils with a high smoke point. This technique is often used in Asian cuisine to create dishes that feature small pieces of meat, poultry or tofu; tender-crisp vegetables; and a savoury pan sauce. Peanut oil is the favourite in Asian cuisine, but safflower and canola oil are other easy-to-find, reasonably priced options.
Master the Technique
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Use the largest wok or heavy skillet that fits on the burner to avoid overcrowding the vegetables. Choose utensils that can stand up to high-heat cooking, like wood and silicone.
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Cut ingredients into uniformly sized pieces to help ensure even cooking. Since stir-fries cook quickly and need to be stirred constantly, place all the ingredients close to the stove.
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Add oil to the skillet and heat over high heat. Most recipes will specify the cooking order of ingredients. Typically meat is cooked first and then set aside.
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Next, large or hard vegetables are cooked, followed by smaller and more delicate ones. Cook vegetables in batches, if necessary, to avoid overcrowding the pan.
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Finally, add the sauce and cook until it thickens to desired consistency and is warmed through, then add back in any meat or vegetables that were removed and set aside.
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