Simple Stir Fry

Dear Meryl,
Do you have a simple recipe for stir-fry veggies? I tried to take the easy way and use the pre-packaged stir-fry veggies but that didn't work. I am still pretty new with cooking and need all the help I can get.

Thanks for your help,


Dear and1295,

A true stir-fry is made by heating oil (I like using sesame for flavor) and sauteing veggies quickly, then adding some flavoring ingredients. If you use frozen veggies, their water is immediately released into the pan, creating a steaming effect rather than the wonderful saute that is expected in a stir-fry. I suggest that you start by getting 2-3 different vegetables that you love (let's say 1 red bell pepper, 1 onion and 1/4 cup snow peas) and cutting them into 1-inch pieces. They don't have to be perfect.

Now, heat your pan or wok with 1/4 cup of sesame oil or canola oil. When the oil is hot, but not smoking, carefully drop in your veggies (away from you so you don't get splashed). Allow them to cook for a few minutes, then add 1 Tablespoon minced garlic and 2-3 Tablespoons soy sauce. If you like a little heat, add a pinch of red pepper flakes. Serve over rice.

Good luck and happy cooking,

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