Vegetable stir fry is a go-to meal in our house. We love it because it packs in lots of veggies and whole grains (brown rice or quinoa) and you can add any protein you like (for us it’s usually chicken). It’s quick, it’s filling and it makes for some good leftovers. However, what makes it REALLY good is the sweet and savory homemade stir fry sauce that gets poured overtop and soaks into the veggies and rice. YUM.
Depending on how ‘saucy’ you like your stir fry (Chet’s all about the sauce) you can easily double this recipe and enjoy the double saucy goodness. Plus, you can forget about the preservatives and whatever else additives you’ll find in the store bought brand because you be making this from scratch! (All of our grandma’s just cheered in unison).
So what’s in this magic homemade stir fry sauce? Simple ingredients that you most likely already have. Don’t worry, I took a picture for you:
Stir, stir, stir, mix, mix, mix, fry, fry, fry. This recipe makes about 1/4 cup of sauce, so depending on how many vegetables and/or meats you’ve piled into your frying pan, you might want to double it. I typically make 1 batch of this to cover:
- 4 stalks of celery, diced
- 2 medium carrots, chopped
- 2 bell peppers, chopped
- 2 heads of broccoli
This is a very Noah’s Arc kind of recipe, clearly. However, as I mentioned above, Chet loves the sauce (mainly because it hides the taste of broccoli) so I usually make a bit more, warm it up, and pour it over each bowl of rice, veggies and meat. Because you know the phrase, happy husband, happy…wait.
Hey, it’s almost summer which means it’s nearing BBQ season (if you haven’t already started). Think beyond the frying pan here and marinade your favorite meat in this sauce, then throw it on the grill!
Better yet, get a veggie pan for your grill, or make one out of foil, and do the same stir fry technique on the barbecue. Because grilled veggies are AMAZING! And stir fried, saucy grilled veggies are UNREAL.
Choosing to make a recipe from scratch vs. the pre-made kind has many benefits. Like:
- You more often than not save yourself some money because most of the ingredients you already have on hand. This means you can also make the same recipe over and over again without needing to run to the store.
- You can see what’s going into your body. Most pre-made foods have preservatives and unrecognizable ingredients in them to prevent them from going bad sooner. But who wants that crap in their body?! Not me, for one.
- You can make just as much as you need. One of my biggest pet peeves is all of the bottles of sauce, dressing and condiments that pile up in our fridge from one recipe I made three months ago. Make it from scratch and you won’t have bottles of year old leftover sweet chili sauce (currently in our fridge) hiding on your shelves!
- You learn that stir fry sauce (and other things) don’t come from stir fry sauce trees. YOU can make a sauce with a handful of ingredients. Someone somewhere else did this, then pre packaged it for your, but it is possible for YOU to make it at home. Once you realize what you can do, you’ll find yourself making lots more things from scratch!
Teach yourself, teach your friends, teach your significant other, teach your kids…spread the love.
- 2 tbsp brown sugar
- 2 tbsp soy sauce or amino acids
- 1 tbsp vinegar (I used balsamic, but any will do)
- 1 1/2 tsp sesame oil
- 3/4 tbsp flour (I used whole wheat, avoid enriched white)
- 1/8 tsp ground ginger
- Dash of red pepper flakes (or sub 1/4 tsp hot sauce...or more if you like heat!)
- Whisk all ingredients together in a small bowl and pour over vegetables while frying. Or use for other recipes like marinated meat or as a sauce in rice bowls.