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Basic Stir Fried Vegetables

Stir-frying really makes the most of vegetables, retaining their colour, flavour and texture. Use whatever veggies you fancy with this technique.

Zoë Harpham

Ingredients
Serves: 4 

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons dry sherry
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable stock
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 750g mixed fresh vegetables, prepared and cut into even-sized pieces
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 2 1/2 cm piece fresh ginger, peeled and grated
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil

Directions
Preparation:15min  ›  Cook:7min  ›  Ready in:22min 

  1. To make the stir-fry sauce, put the soy sauce, sherry, honey and stock in a small jug. Stir together until combined then set aside until needed.
  2. Heat the vegetable oil in a wok or large deep frying pan. Add any of the tougher, slower-cooking vegetables (such as carrots, broccoli, celery, green beans and baby corn) and stir-fry over a high heat for 30 seconds. Pour in 1 – 1 1/2 tablespoons of water, cover with a lid and cook over a high heat for 2 minutes.
  3. Next add the more tender, quicker-cooking vegetables (such as capsicums, snow peas, bean sprouts and spring onions), along with the garlic and ginger, and stir-fry for about 2 minutes, or until they are almost tender.
  4. Finally, stir in any delicate leafy vegetables (such as shredded greens, baby bok choy or baby pak choy) and cook for just 1 more minute until all the vegetables are cooked but retain some bite and their bright colour.
  5. Pour in the stir-fry sauce and stir-fry for 1 minute until all the vegetables are coated in the sauce. Transfer to a serving platter, sprinkle with sesame oil, then serve at once.

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