Stir-frying is a good option for busy people who don't have much time for weeknight meals. When done correctly, your food can be done cooking in as little as five minutes! The high temperature required for stir-frying sears food quickly and preserves the natural juices. Here are some tips for successful stir-frying and which ingredients to use:
- Vegetables: Use veggies with high moisture content, like summer squash or bell peppers, and cut them into thin, bite-sized pieces.
- Meats: Use tender cuts of meat, such as chicken breasts, flank steak, and pork tenderloin.
- Fish: Shrimp, scallops, and firm-fleshed fish work best. Delicate and flaky fish like flounder or tilapia may fall apart.
- Size: Your food needs to be cut into thin, bite-sized pieces so they'll cook quickly and evenly.
- Prep your food first: Because stir-frying is so quick, you'll need to prepare all of your ingredients ahead of time. If you prep as you go, you may burn some of your food.
- Preheat: Your wok needs to be extremely hot before you place any food on it. It's hot enough when you can see a little smoke rising from the pan.
- Don't overcrowd: If you overcrowd your wok, the food will cook slower and unevenly.
- Keep stirring: Stir or flip your food constantly so that it will cook evenly and won't burn on one side.