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Stir-fries are one of our classic go-to dinners. It's one of the first meals we learn to cook for many of us when we venture out on our own. Toss those sugary, premade stir-fry sauces and dress your dinner up with our simple blend of stir-fry spices to use with any wok recipe!
By offering plenty of protein, veggies, fiber, and flavor, stir-fries make the easiest weeknight dinner!
Better yet, they're a convenient way to use up any extra produce you have kicking around your fridge.
We know those jars of premade stir-fry sauce are super convenient, but convenience comes at a cost - both financially and nutritionally. Premade sauces contain loads of sugar, preservatives, MSG, and too much sodium.
Instead, we compiled a list of a few good spices for stir-fry that you likely already have in your home for a small fraction of the premade sauces' cost. Our mix contains some sugar and salt, but it's much less than you'll find in the jars at the grocery store; plus, you can adjust any ingredients as you'd like and decide how to make stir-fry seasoning the way your family likes!
We paired our best stir-fry seasoning with a straightforward chicken and veggie stir-fry recipe. You can easily swap any ingredients out to switch up the protein and vegetables to suit your tastes.
Follow our simple recipe below to make our simple stir-fry seasoning mix from scratch to stir-fry to perfection in your wok!
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp black pepper
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp cayenne
A sprinkle of red pepper flakes
2 tsp white sugar
3 Tbsp soy sauce or tamari
¼ c. water
To prep ahead, combine all dry ingredients in a small-sized mixing bowl.
Mix until thoroughly combined. If not using immediately, pour your homemade stir-fry seasoning mix into a sealable jar until ready for use.
Once you're ready to use your seasoning, combine the dry contents with the soy sauce and water in a mixing bowl.
Whisk until well-combined before use.
Now that you know how to build your own stir-fry seasoning mix, here's our favorite chicken and veggie stir-fry to top with our stir-fry sauce!
Check out our helpful tips for our stir-fry seasoning mix!
You don't need to use a wok to make a stir-fry, but we find using our cast-iron wok gives us the best results - it allows the ingredients more direct contact with the surface, so they cook evenly.
If you don't own a wok, you can make this stir-fry in a large skillet, preferably cast-iron, for its heat retention properties.
This stir-fry recipe is completely free of gluten. If you're using soy sauce instead of tamari, read the label closely, as some soy sauce may contain gluten in its ingredients list!
If you're watching your total sugar intake, you can omit the white sugar from the spice blend or swap it for a healthier option, like coconut sugar, honey, or maple syrup. A drop or 2 of liquid stevia may do the trick, too.
Because it's such a good seasoning for stir-fry, we don't recommend omitting the salt from the stir-fry seasoning mix altogether though you could certainly cut the quantity down if you're concerned about your sodium intake. You could also use low-sodium soy sauce in place of the regular stuff to save on your sodium.
We chose stir-fry seasoning ingredients that are already pretty spicy, like red pepper flakes and a decent dose of cayenne. If you like things scorching, add some extra ancho or guajillo chile, or double the recipe's cayenne.
If you can't handle the heat, omit the pepper flakes, cut down the cayenne, or skip the ingredient altogether.
Our stir-fry seasoning mix makes a great, all-around sauce that pairs well with a lot of different stir-fry options. Other than our chicken and veggie combo above, here are a few more tasty options to try:
Making this simple seasoning for stir-fry vegetables is one of the easiest ways to take this simple dinner to the next level!
We love to pre-assemble the dry spice blend and keep it on hand for a quick whisk with water and soy sauce when it's stir-fry night. The blend will last in a sealed, airtight container in the pantry for 1 year, though the spices' taste will begin to fade after 6 months or so.
Our cooked stir-fry lasts in the fridge for up to 4 days, but it freezes well, too - use within 3 months before the flavor and texture start to degrade.
Enjoy your homemade stir-fry from scratch!
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