20 Quick and Easy Stir-Fry Recipes

Coconut chilli chicken stir fry

The Spruce Eats / Diana Chistruga

Short on time? These delightful stir-fry recipes pretty much make a meal in and of themselves, with protein and vegetables in one bowl. Many cuisines around the world have some version of a stir-fry, probably because they come together quickly with few dishes to wash afterward. Serve them with the perfect stovetop rice to round things out if the stir-fry itself doesn't include a starch.

A wok with its large surface area and high curved walls that keep food inside is the perfect vessel for stir-frying. It's made to conduct heat and cook food quickly and is a good pan to have around. If you don't have one, simply grab a large skillet to start making these quick delicious stir-fries. 

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    Thai Beef and Broccoli Stir-Fry

    Thai Beef and Broccoli Stir-Fry

    The Spruce Eats / Diana Chistruga

    Beef and broccoli stir-fry is a popular dish you'll find on a restaurant menu, and this Thai version is absolutely delicious! Strips of marinated steak, along with broccoli, red pepper, shallots, garlic, and ginger, are stir-fried in a delicious sauce. The stir-fry sauce has chilis added to it, which you can adjust according to your taste. Don't overcook as the vegetables should have some crunch left to them.  

  • 02 of 20

    Swiss Chard and Tofu Stir-Fry

    Swiss Chard and Tofu Stir-Fry

    The Spruce Eats / Diana Chistruga

    You may not think of Swiss chard as a natural stir-fry ingredient, but it wilts down into a silky texture that complements crispy tofu perfectly. Button mushrooms add an earthiness to the mix, and they help soak up the soy sauce well. Make it gluten-free by using a gluten-free tamari sauce instead of soy. Perfect for vegetarians and vegans, this dish is ready in 20 minutes and goes well with a bowl of miso soup.

  • 03 of 20

    Thai Tamarind Chicken Stir-Fry

    Thai Tamarind Chicken Stir Fry

    The Spruce Eats / Diana Chistruga

    The only way to describe this Thai tamarind chicken stir-fry is to say there's such an explosion of flavors you will taste sweet, sour, tangy, and spicy in each bite. Bite-sized marinated chicken pieces are stir-fried in a tamarind sauce amongst garlic, ginger, and lots of shiitake mushrooms. You might opt to keep the chiles out for a milder dish to introduce the kids to this amazing dish, and then add some in next time around. 

  • 04 of 20

    Chinese Orange Pork Chop Stir-Fry

    Chinese Orange Pork Chop Stir-fry

    The Spruce Eats / Diana Chistruga

    Baby bok choy and carrots are the star veggies in this Chinese orange pork chop stir-fry. The pork chops are cut into small cubes then marinated for 30 minutes in a rice wine mixture. But it's the sauce that makes this dish. Sweet yet sour at the same time, the orange juice, honey, and soy sauce come together to make this delicious sauce that the meat and veggies simmer in for a tasty meal.

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    Vegan Stir-Fry With Hoisin Sauce and Coconut Rice

    Vegan Stir-Fry With Hoisin Sauce and Coconut Rice

    The Spruce Eats / Diana Chistruga

    Chock full of veggies, this vegan stir-fry is whipped-up in a hoisin sauce mixture that is sure to delight your taste buds. Honey is an optional ingredient to include in the sauce, but simply leave it out to keep the dish vegan. Pieces of tofu provide the protein for this dish and are among splashes of colorful red and yellow bell peppers, shiitake mushrooms, and bean sprouts. Save time and make the coconut rice letting it cook for 20 minutes while preparing the stir-fry.

  • 06 of 20

    Pollo Saltado: Peruvian Chicken Stir-Fry

    Pollo Saltado: Peruvian Chicken Stir-Fry

    The Spruce Eats / Maxwell Cozzi

    This classical Peruvian dish is filled with chicken, sliced onions and red bell peppers, diced tomatoes, garlic, and thick steak french fries. The chicken is marinated for two hours, so plan the preparation of this dish accordingly. Traditionally served on top of a bed of rice, Pollo Saltado is a filling and satisfying meal. Garnish it with cilantro leaves for the finishing touch.

  • 07 of 20

    Thai Chicken Stir-Fry With Coconut, Chili, and Lime

    Coconut chilli chicken stir fry

    The Spruce Eats / Diana Chistruga

    This vibrant, eye-catching dish is not only pretty to look at, it's also mouthwatering to eat. Taking a mere 20 minutes to make, this Thai chicken stir-fry is the real deal. The stir-fry sauce and seasonings complement the chicken and vegetables while bringing out that spicy-salty-sweet taste that says it's authentic Thai cuisine. Better yet, there's typically sauce leftover which can be used to stir-fry up some veggies the next day. It's delicious on broccoli, peppers, snap peas, and more.

  • 08 of 20

    Thai Glass Noodle Stir-Fry With Chicken and Vegetables

    Thai Glass Noodle Stir-Fry With Chicken and Vegetables

    The Spruce Eats / Julia Estrada

    Quick, easy, and ready to serve in 30 minutes, this Thai glass noodle stir-fry is a keeper. The unique transparency of the glass noodles provides an interesting effect on the dish. Use chicken or tofu for the protein and intermix them with mushrooms, peppers, shallots, and garlic. Be aware that the glass noodles will tend to absorb the sauce after you toss them in with the other ingredients. 

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  • 09 of 20

    Chicken Stir-Fry With Bell Peppers

    Chicken stir fry with bell peppers recipe

    The Spruce Eats / Ana Zelic

    Leftover chicken is ideal for this chicken stir-fry. All that's needed is two cups of chopped chicken or turkey to make a meal that can feed up to four people. The chicken intermingles with slices of bright red, green, and yellow peppers and baby corn in an easy-to-make sauce in this simple stir-fry. Perfect for those hectic weekdays, this dinner can be on the table in under 20 minutes. 

  • 10 of 20

    Chinese Stir-Fried Beef With Onions

    Chinese Stir-Fried Beef With Onions

    The Spruce Eats / Abbey Littlejohn

    Flank or top sirloin steak is the hit of this quick and easy beef stir-fry. The prep of chopping the veggies and the marinating of the steak can be done at the same time to optimize the time of making this dish. We use two different types of onions, yellow and green, plus dark soy sauce to add a more unique and distinct flavor. Sliced mushrooms make a good addition to this stir-fry.

  • 11 of 20

    Chicken Lo Mein Stir-Fry

    Chicken Lo Mein Stir-fry Recipe

    The Spruce Eats / Christine Ma

    Chicken lo mein is a popular takeout dish from Chinese restaurants, and this recipe will have you making it at home instead. Lo mein noodles can readily be found at grocery stores in the international section or online, or you can even switch the noodles up and use spaghetti or linguine. Whatever noodles you decide to use, this dish comes together in merely 20 minutes. Carrots and whole straw mushrooms accompany the chicken strips in this delicious stir-fry meal. 

  • 12 of 20

    Thai Basil Pork

    Thai Basil Pork

    The Spruce Eats / Maxwell Cozzi

    Basil pork stir-fry is a common sight at Thai street markets and vendors, and now when you're craving this tasty dish, you can make it yourself. Have some Golden Mountain sauce on hand as it's a must ingredient in this stir-fry. A great weeknight dish filled with tender pieces of pork loin, the heat of chiles, and the aromatic flavor of freshly chopped basil. Use chicken or steak in place of the pork for a different take on this popular stir-fry.

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    Shanghai Stir-Fry Noodles With Chicken

    Shanghai Stir-Fried Noodles With Chicken on a plater

    The Spruce Eats / Ana Zelic

    If you've never stir-fried noodles before, this recipe is a great place to start. The chicken pieces are marinated in a soy sauce and rice wine mixture for 20 minutes while you get the other stir-fry ingredients ready. This dish uses Shanghai-style noodles, a thicker noodle that comes packaged in many Asian markets. You can also substitute udon noodles for a Japanese twist if you can't find the Shanghai version. Serve on its own, or add some egg rolls for a side dish.

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    Chicken With Oyster Sauce

    Chicken in oyster sauce recipe

    The Spruce Eats

    Oyster sauce lends a lovely umami flavor to give simple chicken a more assertive punch in this new-age Chinese stir-fry. It doesn't taste fishy but savory, giving it a depth of taste that can't be beaten. Dried Chinese mushrooms make the entire dish taste more complex with a slight, earthy flavor. While it looks like a lot of ingredients, it comes together quickly and is ready in about 30 minutes.

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    Pineapple Chicken Stir-Fry

    pineapple chicken stir fry

    The Spruce Eats / Leah Maroney

    Sweet pineapple chunks, spicy crushed red pepper flakes, zesty ginger, and tender chicken all come together into a sweet-and-spicy stir-fry the entire family will eat right up. You don't often find garlic in stir-fry dishes, but it lends this one a nice flavor that sets it apart. Ready to be put on the table and devoured in 30 minutes. Garnish with chopped roasted peanuts or sesame seeds for a little extra crunch.

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    Thai-Style Stir-Fry Noodles

    Thai Stir-Fried Noodles With Vegetables in a bowl

    The Spruce Eats / Stephanie Goldfinger

    Stir-fry up Chinese wheat or egg noodles with a mess of veggies for a light and easy supper. Lime juice, soy, and fish sauce give it a sweet-and-sour flavor that tastes quintessentially Thai. Top it with some fresh mung bean sprouts or chopped peanuts for extra texture. Feel free to add extra chiles if you want more spice.  

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    Easy Stir-Fried Thai Garlic Shrimp

    Easy Stir-Fried Thai Garlic Shrimp

    The Spruce Eats / Ali Redmond

    Tangy, sweet, spicy, and garlicky, this stir-fry Thai shrimp is a snap to make. Ready in under 15 minutes, the shrimp is butterflied and marinated in a delicious sauce consisting of oyster sauce, fish sauce, soy sauce, and other seasonings. Great as an appetizer at parties or serve for dinner with spring rolls and rice. 

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    Easy Chicken Stir-Fry

    Ultimate chicken stir fry

    The Spruce Eats

    Stir-fries are a favorite to mix up when a fast and easy meal is needed. This is a classic chicken stir-fry with carrots, mushrooms, spring onions, and the crunchy texture of cashews and water chestnuts. Ready in 20 minutes, this dish uses chili oil in the sauce to provide a bit of spice and heat. Feel free to swap it out for sesame oil for a milder sauce.  

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    Chinese Stir-Fry Beef With Three Vegetables

    Chinese Stir-Fry Beef With Three Vegetables

    The Spruce Eats

    This Chinese beef stir-fry is a lucky dish since there are three vegetables in it (the numeral 3 symbolizes prosperity in the Chinese culture). Slices of marinated beef flank steak, bok choy, mushrooms, and red onion are stir-fried in a rice wine or sherry sauce. Ready in 30 minutes, serve this stir-fry on top of cooked white rice. 

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    Bok Choy and Shiitake Mushroom Stir-Fry

    Bok Choy and Shiitake Mushroom Stir Fry Recipe

    The Spruce Eats / Ali Redmond

    Vegetarians and vegans will thoroughly enjoy this bok choy and shiitake mushroom stir-fry recipe. The delightful flavor combination of bok choy and shiitake mushrooms is enhanced with fresh ginger, garlic, and green onions. Simmered in vegetable broth until the bok choy is tender yet still crisp, optional sesame seeds are added to provide extra texture and crunch. Sprinkle some red pepper flakes in for a bit of heat.