Stir Fry: The Ultimate One Pot Meal

Stir FryThe Ultimate One Pot DishThere is nothing easier than being able to make a whole nutritious meal in a single pot.  Even at the last minute, you can turn the healthy ingredients you have on hand, into a meal the whole family will love.  Stir Fry is the combination of good protein, vegetables and a whole lot of flavor in one place.  It is a flexible enough dish that you can make it at the last minute, or plan ahead and make it extra special.  As with my Curry Recipe, you control all of the ingredients and flavors!  So, let your imagination run wild!

Stir Fry Basic Ingredients

Protein

To start off with, you need some bite sized, cubed meat.  This can be just about anything you have on hand.

  • Chicken, Turkey or other Poultry
  • Beef
  • Pork
  • Lamb
  • Buffalo, or other Game Meat
  • Firm Fish (a nice white fish, that will hold it’s shape)
  • Sausage

Vegetables

This is where you can use up leftovers, clean out the fridge, or even just grab something out of the freezer.  Don’t think that you have to use “Asian” style vegetables.  This is your dish, and you can use what ever is tasty to you!  The important thing to keep in mind is size of the veggies, and the cooking times.  Root Veggies need more time to cook, than fresh celery or spinach.  Larger pieces of broccoli or cauliflower will also need a little more cooking time.  If you are using frozen vegetables, make sure your meat is cooked completely through, add the vegetables, and turn up the heat.

Root Vegetables: Cut into small diced pieces, thin slices or shredded
  • Carrots
  • Beets
  • Potatoes
  • Parsnips
  • Turnips
  • Rutabaga
Fresh Vegetables: Cut into bite size pieces
  • Broccoli
  • Green Beans
  • Celery
  • Cauliflower
  • Asparagus
  • Bell Peppers
  • Brussels Sprouts (Cut in half or quarters)
  • Fresh Spinach (add very last)
  • Fresh Cabbage
Frozen Vegetables

*If using a frozen veg mix, be wary of the ones that come pre-sauced or flavored as they can contain questionable ingredients not good for your health.

  • “Stir Fry” or other type of veg mix
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
Canned Vegetables
  • Water Chesnuts
  • Baby Corn Cobs
  • Pineapple Chunks (not a veg, but a very tasty addition)

Flavor Options

Here is where your creativity can really shine through!  If you like hot & spicy dishes, turn up the heat with some chilies or chili sauce. Do flavors intimidate you?  No worries, a single meal is a great place to try out new flavors, without making any kind of real commitment.

When considering which ingredients to combine start off simple, with small amounts of ingredients.  You can always add more, but you can’t take back!

The flavors for a good Stir Fry come from ingredients that you add directly into the mix, such as onions & garlic, as well as ingredients that make up the sauce.

Basic Flavor Options
  • Onion, diced
  • Garlic, fresh (pressed or finely chopped)
  • Fresh Ginger, finely diced or shredded (or bought prepared)
    • You can use Dry, Powdered Ginger if that’s all you have
  • Dry Chili Peppers (leave whole)
  • Chili Sauce (just a little dab will do you)
  • Fresh Peppers
    • Finely Diced, start with a small quantity as Stir Fry cooking tends to amp up the flavors
  • Fresh Herbs (make sure that they compliment the sauce ingredients)
  • Dry Spices
    • Here is where you can try out that Chinese Five Spice mixture, or use your favorite standby spices (just make sure that they compliment the sauce ingredients)
Flavors To Add When Serving
  • Fresh Lime (squeeze a wedge over the plate right before serving)
  • Toasted Sesame Seeds
  • Shredded Coconut
  • Sliced Green Onions/Scallions
Sauce Options
  • Soy Sauce, Tamari (GF version of Soy Sauce) or Coconut Aminos
  • Pre-made Sauces (Teriyaki for example)
  • Vegetable, Chicken or Mushroom Broth
  • Wine
  • Butter at the end for thickening

Stir Fry Success

  • Cooking in a wok will give you the best results, but this can be made in a large pot.
  • Prepare all of your ingredients before cooking.  Stir Fry cooks very fast, and you won’t have time to cut up your veggies while the meat is cooking.
  • The order in which the ingredients are add is important.  Do not just throw everything in the pot, your flavors won’t meld, and you will have some burnt parts.
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Stir Fry: The Ultimate One Pot Meal
A flavorful, flexible one pot meal. This recipe is sized for two adults, with leftovers for lunch the next day. You can easily adjust the size by increasing or decreasing the amount of meat and vegetables.
Stir Fry: The Ultimate One Pot Meal
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Asian, Homemade
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons High Temp Cooking Fat (lard) or Oil
  • 1 Small Onion Diced
  • 1 pound Meat Bite size pieces. Any kind of meat you prefer (Chicken, Pork, Beef, Game, etc)
  • 1 Clove of Garlic Finely chopped, or pressed.
  • Other Flavor Options Ginger, Chilies, etc.
  • Sauce Options The amount will vary, based on how much water is in your meat and vegetables, as well as how much sauce you prefer. Start with just a couple of Tablespoons, and then add more as necessary.
  • 2 cups Vegetables Diced, shredded, or bite sized pieces depending on what you are adding. Fresh or frozen is OK. Can easily add more.
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Asian, Homemade
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons High Temp Cooking Fat (lard) or Oil
  • 1 Small Onion Diced
  • 1 pound Meat Bite size pieces. Any kind of meat you prefer (Chicken, Pork, Beef, Game, etc)
  • 1 Clove of Garlic Finely chopped, or pressed.
  • Other Flavor Options Ginger, Chilies, etc.
  • Sauce Options The amount will vary, based on how much water is in your meat and vegetables, as well as how much sauce you prefer. Start with just a couple of Tablespoons, and then add more as necessary.
  • 2 cups Vegetables Diced, shredded, or bite sized pieces depending on what you are adding. Fresh or frozen is OK. Can easily add more.
Stir Fry: The Ultimate One Pot Meal
Instructions
  1. Prepare all of your ingredients before cooking!
  2. Start by heating your wok, with the cooking fat or oil, over medium or medium high heat
  3. Add in the Onion. Cook, stirring constantly for about 1 minute.
    Stir Fry: Add in the onion
  4. Carefully (you don't want to splash yourself with any hot oil) add in your meat. Stir constantly, until the meat is cooked about half way (you will still see some "rawness" to the meat, but the outsides will start looking cooked).
    Stir Fry: Add In Meat
  5. Start adding in the flavor and sauce ingredients. Still stirring constantly (this is called Stir Fry for a reason 🙂 ) If using root vegetables (Carrots, etc) that are diced, add those in now too.
  6. Add in your (remaining) vegetables, give everything a good stir to incorporate. Arrange everything up the sides of the wok, leaving the sauce in the bottom. This allows the sauce to steam the vegetables. If you do not have enough liquid (should cover the whole bottom of the wok, about 1/4" deep or more) add some water, broth or more sauce. Put the lid on your wok, and step aside for about 2 minutes. Lift the lid and check the vegetables to see if they are cooked. They should be bright, fresh looking and steamed through.
    Stir Fry: Add & Steam the Veggies
  7. Stir everything one last time to combine. If you have too much sauce for your liking, you can re-arrange everything back up to the sides, and reduce it. To further thicken your sauce, if necessary, stir in a tablespoon of butter.
  8. Serve into bowls or plates, adding any additional toppings now.
Recipe Notes

You have the flexibility to really make this your own dish.   To make sure you have all of the ingredients on hand, when you need a last minute meal, have your favorite sauces and frozen veggies on hand.  If you buy your meat in bulk, or in economy packs, pre-cube it so you can just grab, thaw and cook!

If you really want to impress your guests, or just have some fun, bring together your favorite ingredients and set them up buffet style.  Assign a "Wok Master" to cook each individual portion in the wok (we usually cook the meat with the flavor ingredients first, followed by the veg and sauce).  You have your own in home HuHot Mongolian Grill.

Some of Our Favorite Stir Fry Combinations

  • Beef and Broccoli (with some sliced carrot) in Coconut Aminos (or soy sauce)
  • Pork with Carrots, Celery, Ginger and Pineapple in a Teriyaki Sauce
  • Chicken with Italian Sausage, Mini Bell Peppers, Onions, Garlic, Carrots and Celery in a Sauce made from White Wine and a little Butter

The only limits to the variety of flavors and combinations is your own imagination.  What can you imagine?

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