10 Easy Chinese Recipes That Do Not Require a Wok

Skip takeout and make these simple dishes at home

You've decided to take the plunge and start cooking Chinese food. That's great! To help you get started, the recipes in this list of "Easy Chinese Recipes" will give you an idea of the tastes and flavors used in Chinese cooking, without having to buy a wok. All the ingredients in these recipes should be easy to find in the international section of most grocery stores.

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    Cold Asparagus Salad

    Rhonda Parkinson

    Fresh asparagus is boiled and topped with Chinese seasonings in this simple recipe that uses only six ingredients.

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    Baked Chicken Wings

    Baked Chicken Wings

    Chicken wings are coated in a sweet and spicy mixture and baked. The only unusual ingredient is hoisin sauce; you can substitute barbecue sauce if it’s not available.

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    Broccoli With Oyster Sauce

    Chinese Broccoli With Oyster Sauce Recipe

     The Spruce

    This recipe is so easy to make—just boil the sauce and pour it over broccoli that has been briefly cooked in boiling water. Either regular broccoli or Chinese broccoli (​gai-lan) can be used.

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    Beef Stew

    Beef Stew
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    Beef, ​carrots, and tomatoes are seasoned with soy sauce and tomato paste in this hearty stew.

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    Pepper Steak

    Pepper Steak

    A retro dish from the 1950s and '60s, fried pepper steak is a great way to get an idea of the flavors used in Chinese cooking. This recipe uses bell peppers, fresh mushrooms, and canned baby corn.

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    Oyster Sauce Chicken

    Chinese Chicken with oyster sauce recipes
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    Easy oyster sauce chicken is a nice recipe from a reader that is perfect for weeknights. The recipe calls for a whole chicken, but I found it also works quite well when I halve the recipe, using 1 1/2 pounds of chicken breast halves and half the amount of sauce.

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    Roast Honey Chicken

    Honey Roasted Chicken

    Here's a great recipe for Sunday night dinner—a roasting chicken is marinated in the refrigerator for several hours and then roasted in the oven. The chicken is coated with reserved marinade during roasting. The recipe calls for rock sugar, but brown sugar can be used instead. Many grocery stores carry five-spice powder in the spice section. The recipe includes instructions for telling when the chicken is done.

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    Basic Fried Rice

    Basic Recipe for Fried Rice

     The Spruce

    Here is a very simple, easy recipe for fried rice that can be made in the frying pan.

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    Quick and Easy Pineapple Fried Rice

    Thai Vegetarian Pineapple Fried Rice

    The Spruce 

    This is a great dish for busy weeknights, that uses cooked shrimp and canned pineapple rings.

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    Almond Float

    Chinese Almond Float Dessert
    Rhonda Parkinson

    Finally, a simple dessert recipe made with gelatin and almond extract topped with canned fruit cocktail. This dessert tastes great at any time of year—feel free to substitute seasonal fresh fruit or other canned fruits for the fruit cocktail if desired. Almond Float is the western version of a traditional Chinese recipe called “Almond Tea,” which is made with ground almonds and agar-agar.