The stir-fry method of cooking is such a healthy way to prepare food! It is low in fat, the vegies stay crunchy and the proportion is usually about one part of meat to three parts of vegetables, thus reducing our meat consumption.
However well prepared, stir-fries can be bland without a sauce. Oriental sauces carefully balance the sweet, sour, acid and heat elements so that the food gets a wonderful lift, and of course the sauce soaks deliciously into the rice.
A stir fry sauce can be served over any combination of stir fried meat and vegetables.
Here is my favorite recipe for a basic stir-fry sauce:
Recipe for Stir-Fry Sauce:
- 1 1/ 2 tsp. sesame oil
- 1/ 2 tsp. minced garlic
- 1/ 2 tsp. minced ginger
- 1/ 2 cup chicken broth
- 1 Tbs. soy sauce
- 1 Tbs. brown sugar
- 1/ 8 tsp. Tabasco
- 1/ 2 tsp. salt
- 1/ 4 tsp. pepper
- 1 1/ 2 tsp. lemon or lime juice
- 1 1/ 2 tsp.cornstarch
- 1 Tbs. rice wine or sherry
1. Heat the sesame oil in a small saucepan.
2. Add the ginger and garlic and stir-fry 15-30 second over medium heat to bring out the flavor.
3. Add the chicken broth, soy sauce, brown sugar, Tabasco, salt, pepper, and lemon juice.
4. Bring just to a boil, stirring.
5. Dissolve the cornstarch in the wine and whisk into the sauce.
6. Heat until sauce thickens and reaches a full boil.
7. Simmer for 30 seconds. Remove from the heat and set aside.
In this video, Jamie Oliver shows how to stir-fry correctly. Here he is with some great tips:
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