8 Easy Vegetable Stir-Fries

A vegetable stir-fry is one of the quickest basic meals you'll want to incorporate into your cooking repertoire when you go vegetarian or vegan. As a vegetarian, you'll want to stock your pantry with a few ingredients so that you can whip up an easy vegetable stir-fry any time for a quick meal. Keep some garlic, onions and ginger on hand, add just about any kind of fresh vegetables, and your vegetable stir-fry is almost complete! Here's a few inspiring vegetarian vegetable stir-fries to get you cooking.

  • 01 of 09

    Bok Choy and Shiitake Mushroom Stir-Fry

    Bok Choy and Shiitake Mushroom Stir Fry Recipe

    The Spruce / Ali Redmond

    Combine bok choy and shiitake mushrooms stir-fried in a garlic sesame sauce for a delicious vegetarian vegetable stir-fry recipe. We tossed it with some leftover cooked quinoa and thoroughly enjoyed it.

  • 02 of 09

    Simple Vegan Tofu and Vegetable Stir-Fry With Ginger

    Vegan tofu and vegetable stir fry

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    A classic vegetable stir-fry recipe piled high with healthy veggies - snow peas, cauliflower, broccoli, and carrots and quickly cooked with tofu in a simple soy sauce-based sauce with ginger. It's not a fancy recipe, but if you're new to vegetarian cooking, or just want something simple, this is a good recipe to start with. Not convinced? Check out the numerous positive reviews from readers that love this recipe.

  • 03 of 09

    Swiss Chard and Tofu Stir-Fry

    Swiss Chard and Tofu Stir-Fry

    The Spruce / Diana Chistruga

    There's something about the heartier texture of Swiss chard when compared to other greens, that always makes me want to top it off with a bit of grated cheese. We ate this stir-fry plain, rather than pairing it with rice or whole grains, but try it with homemade noodles and yes, topped off with cheese.

  • 04 of 09

    Vegan Chinese Vegetable and Seitan Stir-Fry Recipe

    Vegan Chinese Vegetable and Seitan Stir-Fry Recipe

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    Seitan is an excellent addition to any vegetarian stir-fry, but it can take a bit longer than tofu to cook thoroughly so that it's not too chewy. As with most stir-fry recipes, you can sub out the vegetables for any that you happen to have on hand. Because this recipe has plenty of sauce, it's a good one for pairing with noodles.

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  • 05 of 09

    Tempeh and Bell Pepper Stir-Fry in Teriyaki Sauce

    Tempeh Stir-Fry With Bell Peppers in Teriyaki Sauce

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    Like most vegetable stir-fries, this one would go great with rice noodles, brown rice or any grain you like, but it's also delicious on its own. Tempeh is cooked with colorful bell peppers in a sweetened teriyaki sauce with garlic, ginger, and a bit of rice vinegar. Don't have all the ingredients on hand? Try using just a teriyaki sauce by itself. Like most vegetable stir-fries, this one is also vegetarian and vegan.

  • 06 of 09

    Thai Bell Pepper Stir-Fry in Hoisin Sauce With Tofu

    Thai bell pepper stir fry

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    From the streets of Bangkok to the southern islands, travelers to Thailand always revel in the amazing food to be found everywhere. Vegetable stir-fries such as this one are usually accompanied by rice or occasionally noodles and are often topped off with extra chilies or hot sauce. Thai food is great for vegetarians and vegans, and this simple and easy version of stir-fried veggies is an enjoyable basic meatless meal.

  • 07 of 09

    Vegan Stir-Fry With Hoisin Sauce and Coconut Rice

    Vegan Stir-Fry With Hoisin Sauce and Coconut Rice

    The Spruce / Diana Chistruga

    This recipe calls for tofu and mushrooms, bean sprouts, and bell pepper stir-fried with a bit of hoisin sauce, fresh lime juice, and minced fresh ginger for a subtle Thai flavor. Isn't it beautiful?

  • 08 of 09

    Thai-Style Vegan Stir-Fry With Lemongrass

    Thai-Style Vegan Stir-Fry With Lemongrass

    The Spruce / Madhumita Sathishkumar

    This Chinese-inspired recipe uses stir-fried vegetables—including carrots, red and green bell peppers, and broccoli—and garlic and lime juice. You could also serve this dish alongside a Thai coconut and vegetable soup.

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  • 09 of 09

    Step-By-Step: How to Stir-Fry

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    Want to try some vegetable stir-fries on your own without a recipe, or just want to see how it all comes together? Follow this quick step-by-step instructional to see how to make a simple vegetarian stir-fry, no matter what ingredients you're using. Did you know, for example, that you can toss quick-cooking noodles right into the pan?