Family dinnertime is one of the favorite times—and the most important—in our homes. So having a few tricks up our sleeves to make a weeknight dinner happen is crucial. One of our favorites is stir-frying. It's quick, it's easy, and the whole family enjoys it.
No matter what the favorite style of stir-fry at your house, there are some basic ingredients and techniques you need to start. As long as you've got those down, you can be creative to your heart's content. Invent your own signature family dish and keep 'em coming to the table.
Grapeseed oil is an excellent medium for creating superb high-heat dishes because its smoke point is among the highest of all edible oils—485°F, as compared to peanut oil, which is generally used for stir-frys but has a smoke point of 440°F. The smoke point is the point at which heat breaks down an oil's composition turning it bitter and vulnerable to burning. Its high smoke point means grapeseed oil is ideal for high-heat stir-frying.
Used by leading chefs around the country, Salute Santé Grapeseed Oil has a delicate, neutral flavor with slightly nutty undertones so it's also a good choice for baking and takes on flavors readily. Silky smooth and clean on the palate, Salute Sante also makes wonderful salad dressings and marinades for poultry, light meats, and seafood.
Cut from the small end of a whole tenderloin, our Filet Tails lend themselves to a wide variety of uses—including stir-fry. Simply cut our Filet Tails into chunks or strips for stir-frying.
Lobel's USDA Prime Flat Iron Steak is an economical and highly flavorful steak. It boasts tenderness that rivals that of more premium steaks, while its beefy flavor is hearty and compares to skirt or hanger steak.
Cut from the most tender part of the sirloin, these steaks are known for their meaty texture. Center-Cut Sirloin's inherent pure beefy taste is enhanced with the concentrated flavor that is imparted by up to six weeks of dry aging.
An unforgettable cut exclusive to Lobel's, this signature London Broil is in a class of its own for exquisite flavor, tenderness and texture. Slice thinly on the diagonal for stir-frying.
Our sweet, succulent Pork Tenderloin is a highly versatile selection. Cut into strips or cubes for stir-frying. Try marinating it first to add extra oomph to your dish's flavor.
Our Boneless Center-Cut Pork Roast, featuring the eye of the loin, is a boneless version of a rack roast. It's great for when you're stir-frying for a crowd, or if you want to get multiple uses out of one selection. Cut as much as you need into cubes for stir-fry and roast the rest!
Once you've got the basic technique down, try experimenting with these other exciting and exotic ingredients.
Nirmala's Kitchen Wild Fire Chili Blend Nirmala's signature chili powder is an intense, flavorful fusion of d'arbol and habanero chiles that will turn up the heat in dishes of any cuisine. Try adding a pinch to your stir-fry sauce for added heat and depth.
Wild Thymes Thai Chili Roasted Garlic Sauce Sweet heat is the best way to describe this sauce of strong, clear flavors. Perfectly balanced and versatile, this sauce is a real treat for those who enjoy the combination of garlic, hot peppers, and a sweet base. Mix this sauce with a little rice wine vinegar for dipping crispy spring rolls or combine with a little soy sauce for wonderful stir-fry sauce.
1. Gather your equipment.
2. Prepare your mise en place.
3. Prepare your wok before cooking.
4. Let's stir-fry!
This is an all-around starting point for a stir-fry sauce to which you can add any flavorings you choose to create your own unique dishes.
2 Tbsp. soy sauce*
2 Tbsp. Shaoxing wine**
2 Tbsp. chicken stock
1 tsp. sugar
1 tsp. cornstarch dissolved in 1 tsp. hot water to make a slurry
1/2 tsp. salt
* Some brands refer to light soy sauce. Be aware that this designation distinguishes its viscosity and flavor, not its sodium content. This is the type found on tables in Chinese restaurants. Dark soy sauce is thick and concentrated. The two are not interchangeable in recipes. Low-sodium soy sauce is another option. Be sure to check the label.
** Shaoxing wine is authentic Chinese rice wine, and it might be hard to find in stores outside major cities. Try substituting dry sherry, which has a very similar taste. As a last resort, Chinese cooking wine is essentially rice wine and salt. If you have no other option than this, eliminate the salt in the ingredients.