Sweet-Spicy Chicken and Vegetable Stir-Fry
This colorful chicken and veggie stir-fry features a sweet-spicy sauce and a topping of dry-roasted peanuts, which adds delicious crunch.
Wild Mushroom and Chicken Stir-Fry
Adding new varieties of mushrooms is an easy way to give old standby recipes new life. This is a basic chicken stir-fry, but the addition of shiitake and oyster mushrooms, plus the deep savory flavor of oyster sauce, makes it something wholly unique. Try whatever fresh mushrooms you like for easy variations on this dish.
Crispy Pork Stir-Fry with Baby Bok Choy
Hot! Hot! Hot! That is exactly how your wok should be before the food goes in so that you get the crispy, browned edges you want. Get the thinnest slices of meat by using a serrated knife or by freezing for 30 minutes.
Stir-Fried Tilapia, Dill, and Scallion Lettuce Wraps
Inspired by the classic Vietnamese dish Cha Ca La Vong, these wraps are a fun way to serve up stir-fry. Swap black cod for tilapia if you prefer a heartier fish.
Shrimp and Snow Pea Stir-Fry
This recipe is ridiculously fast. It takes literally six minutes to cook, start to finish. It's a complete meal, too—lean protein from shrimp, freshness and crunch from bell pepper and snow peas, and Asian flavor from sesame oil, ginger, and soy sauce. Who says home-cooked meals are time consuming?
Sweet and Sour Tofu-Vegetable Stir-Fry
This dish is mildly spicy; to make it extra kid-friendly, omit the chiles from the sweet and sour sauce.
Sautéed Tilapia with Honey-Scallion Dressing
Tilapia's a great fish―inexpensive, mild-flavored, and easy to find at any supermarket―and a great way to add lean protein to your diet. This recipe coaxes nice, balanced flavor from a six-ingredient dressing that's as great on the fish as on the salad greens over which it's served.
Cantonese-Style Shrimp and Napa Cabbage
Serve this dish with a side of brown rice or soba noodles.
Corn and Summer Vegetable Sauté
All the fresh flavors of summer are here in one bowl, minimally seasoned to highlight the tastes of the vegetables themselves and containing only 90 calories per hearty serving. Fresh corn and okra are best, of course, but if you're craving hot-weather flavor when it's snowing, both are available frozen year-round.
Sesame Beef Stir-Fry
If presliced beef is not available, ask your butcher to thinly slice flank steak or boneless sirloin steak.
Veggie and Tofu Stir-Fry
Our meatless stir-fry gives you that delicious seared, slightly smoky taste that you enjoy in a good Chinese restaurant but can replicate in your own wok.
A takeout favorite gets a superfast (and healthy) makeover that everyone will love. Savory sirloin gets a splash of vibrant green and kick of fresh flavor with broccoli florets and sliced green onions. Serve over white rice for a delicious and satisfying meal.
Sautéed Plantains (Plátanos Fritos)
This ultra-simple three-ingredient recipe takes less than 10 minutes but results in surprising South American flavor. Using somewhat ripe plantains adds a sweet tinge to the starchy fruit, and sautéing gives the pieces a caramelized, slightly crispy exterior.
Sautéed Clams Parmesan
Fresh clams are an inexpensive and fast way to add variety to your weeknight meal schedule, and they're available at the fish counter of most supermarkets. They cook in a bit of lemon juice for just eight minutes here, opening and releasing their juices to create a briny broth that begs for pasta or bread to sop it up. The easy topping of Parmesan cheese and herbs completes the meal.
Stir-Fried Beef with Ginger-Carrot Sauce
Here's an easy recipe for heat lovers: quick-cooked tender flank steak with a spicy sauce of ginger, vegetables, and chile paste. You can adjust the heat to your family's liking by reducing or increasing the chile paste, but be sure to serve more on the side in case anyone wants an extra kick.
Sautéed Snapper with Plum Tomatoes and Spinach
The acidity of tomatoes and white wine and the slight bitterness of spinach make a nice counterpoint to mild-flavored snapper in this simple-but-elegant dish. Many kinds of fish make great substitutes here―cod, halibut, even salmon. Pair with a lightly dressed or sauced pasta for an easy Mediterranean meal.
Stir-Fried Chicken Salad
This recipe marinates chicken, stir-fries it, makes a pan sauce, and puts together a salad, all in just about eight minutes. What more could you want for an easy weeknight dinner?
Sautéed Escarole, Corn, and White Bean Salad
Though often used as a salad green, escarole benefits greatly from a quick sauté in this light main-dish salad. With white beans for body (and a big nutritional punch), pancetta for meaty flavor, and zucchini and corn for freshness, this dish makes a great choice for a home-cooked dinner on a busy night.
Stir-Fried Shrimp with Spicy Orange Sauce
Honey and fresh orange juice brighten this dish, which also adds chile paste for an unexpected but wholly welcome heat. It can be served over rice for a full meal in a bowl or on a plate, or try udon or somen noodles for a different but just-as-easy twist.
Coconut Curried Pork, Snow Pea, and Mango Stir-Fry
Here's a great Thai version of a quick stir-fry. Curry spice meets coconut-milk creaminess to flavor perennial-favorite pork tenderloin, fresh snow peas, and sweet mango. This dish makes it super-easy to bring something a little exotic to your weeknight table.
Sautéed Bass with Shiitake Mushroom Sauce
The almost meaty flavor of shiitakes really complements the firm, flaky texture of sautéed bass here. A few simple pantry ingredients―sesame oil, ginger, soy sauce―provide a nice Asian note to balance and unify the dish.
Ginger, Beef, and Green Bean Stir-Fry
Asian-style stir-fry recipes abound, because they're fast, provide so much flavor, and come in so many varieties. This one pairs tender steak and vegetables with the sweet spice of hoisin sauce and the moderate heat of chili garlic sauce. The colorful result looks great on a bed of white rice, and nobody has to know it took less than 15 minutes.
Minced Beef with Bok Choy and Fried Egg
In just 20 minutes, this meaty dish pops with flavor.
Shrimp and Broccoli Stir-Fry
This recipe is a model of versatility for a quick weeknight dinner. You can swap out the shrimp for chicken, steak, or even tofu, and replace the broccoli with any other quick-cooking vegetable you like (yellow squash, pea pods, or eggplant are all great choices). The easy cornstarch-thickened sauce will go with just about any stir-fried veggies or meats as well, with its balanced blend of tart rice vinegar, salty soy sauce, and nutty sesame oil.
Thai Chicken Sauté
This dish incorporates the four tastes that make up classic Thai flavor: hot from Sriracha, sour from lime juice, salty from fish sauce, and sweet from coconut milk. With quick-cooking chicken, these ingredients come together in a flash for a simple dinner served over rice that's ready in less than 10 minutes.
Cooking with Summer Squash
A bumper crop of squash can challenge the inventiveness of the most dedicated cook. Use these tasty summer veggies in pasta dishes, soup recipes, and more.
Get fresh flavor in about five minutes with this dish. Quick-cooking baby squash (you can substitute sliced regular squash or zucchini) combines with basil and salty feta for a side that can match all sorts of dishes―try it with everything from grilled salmon to pasta.
Baja Pork Stir-Fry
This colorful pork stir-fry recipe features pieces of pork tenderloin seasoned with cumin cooked with bell peppers, tomato, jalapeño pepper, and cilantro. Serve over steamed rice for a one-dish meal.
Sautéed Tilapia with Lemon-Peppercorn Pan Sauce
This recipe produces an elegant dish that nobody will know took about 15 minutes to make. Brown and crisp on both sides but tender and flaky within, tilapia fillets are topped with a bright, lemony sauce highlighted by the piquant spice of green peppercorns. This is a dish you can serve to company, but it's just as comfortable at the weeknight family table.
Hoisin Pork and Snow Pea Stir-Fry
Hoisin sauce is an often overlooked item that really deserves a place in every pantry. It adds big flavors with very little effort, and a little goes a long way, keeping recipes healthful. It also matches lots of different foods very well, whether meats or vegetables. Here, it gives ample flavor to a simple combination of pork, snow peas, and bell pepper.
Chicken and Vegetable Stir-Fry
Vary the veggies to your family's tastes—sliced carrots or snow peas would be good substitutions.
Quick Fried Brown Rice with Shrimp and Snap Peas
Stir up your weeknight meal routine by serving up this 20-minute dish starring succulent shrimp.
Smoky Pork Stir-Fry
Smoked paprika and dark sesame oil add depth to this stir-fry. Serve over precooked brown rice or soba noodles.
Ginger Chicken with Shiitakes and Green Beans
Using frozen green beans in a high-heat stir-fry gives you an as-good-as-fresh crispness without having to take the time to snap all those ends.
Quick Chicken Curry
This saucy rice bowl is the stir-fried version of comfort food—ginger and chiles bring the warmth, and coconut milk adds satisfying richness.
Orange-Sesame Pork with Napa Slaw
Mix the slaw for this dish up to a day in advance, if you wish. The cabbage will absorb the flavors and still retain a satisfying crunch.
Chicken and Rice Noodle Stir-Fry with Ginger and Basil
This superfast stir-fry is overflowing with traditional Asian spices and comes together in under 20 minutes.
Stir-Fried Chinese Egg Noodles
Though the chewy texture of Chinese egg noodles is fantastic, you can substitute rice sticks or linguine. Omit or decrease the amount of chile paste if serving to kids.
Stir-Fried Bok Choy and Lettuce with Mushrooms
A lighter alternative to traditional stir-fry, this tasty recipe comes in at just over 100 calories per serving.
Steak, Shiitake, and Bok Choy Stir-Fry
Choose quick-cooking flank steaks for a speedy stir-fry dish packed with shiitake mushrooms and bok choy.
Spicy Beef and Bell Pepper Stir-Fry
Serve this protein-packed stir-fry with boil-in-bag brown or jasmine rice.
Seitan Stir-Fry with Black Bean Garlic Sauce
Look for seitan—also called wheat gluten—in Asian markets or the refrigerated sections of health food or specialty stores. It makes a great base for vegetarian dishes because it’s high in protein—a 4-ounce serving contains 24 grams.
Szechuan Chicken Stir-Fry
All the tasty take-out flavors you crave come together with fresh ingredients for a quick 25-minute meal. Chop or slice chicken for fastest possible cooking. Bonus: More exposed surface area allows the chicken to absorb flavor from sauces or other high-flavor ingredients.
Pork and Stir-Fried Vegetables with Spicy Asian Sauce
The great thing about stir-fries is that they're so open to variation. Out of pork? Use chicken, beef, or tofu. Don't like zucchini? Try mushrooms instead. No matter which meats and veggies you choose, the sweet-spicy sauce will complement them well.
Tempeh and Green Bean Stir-Fry with Peanut Sauce
Bright in both color and flavor, this stir-fry will become a vegetarian weeknight favorite. Substitute extra-firm tofu, if desired.
Ginger-Scented Corn and Asparagus Stir-Fry
Rice and corn make a perfect bed for this bowlful of delicious flavor. Tofu makes this a filling meal.
Pork and Mango Stir-Fry
This is the ideal weeknight meal. You can prep all your ingredients earlier in the day, and then it takes 10 minutes for it to come together. Center-cut loin pork chops are very lean, so they cook quickly and are a great alternative to chicken, but boneless, skinless chicken breast can certainly stand in for pork, if you’d like. Serve with steamed jasmine or brown rice to round out the meal.
Tempeh and Broccolini Stir-Fry
Streamline your stir-frying process by prepping all ingredients before you start cooking. For a whole-grain base, use brown rice.
Shrimp-Mango Stir-Fry and Rice Noodles
Fresh, ripe mango adds a refreshing, slightly sweet contrast to the spicy stir-fry. You can also substitute fresh pineapple chunks, if you like.
Steak and Asparagus Stir-Fry
Asparagus shines in this quick stir-fry. Serve with precooked jasmine rice, available in pouches on the rice aisle.
Butterflied Shrimp and Vegetable Stir-Fry
Take your stir-fry up a notch with this butterflied shrimp and veggie variation. A paring knife is essential for deveining and butterflying the shrimp, while a chef's knife takes care of cutting the vegetables, garlic, and ginger.