Shrimp broccoli stir fry is a favorite in our house and one you’ll find regularly at our dinner table. I love to cook as much as the next person but there are just days when I want a meal in a hurry and this delicious vegetable dish provides a delicious solution.
Stir-frying is a type of Chinese cooking technique in which ingredients are quickly “fried” in a small amount of oil over high heat until nicely seared. This high-temperature cooking not only locks in flavor and texture, it’s also claimed to retain the nutritional value of food due to less cook time.
If you’re looking for a delicious yet economical meal to serve the family, stir-fries provide a creative way to use up whatever random assortment of veggies and meat you have on hand.
Here are a few handy tips to remember to ensure delicious success every time, anytime:
- Although a wok is the recommended cooking vessel, it’s not really necessary for making stir-fries at home. However, you need a wide-bottomed pan with high sides to allow even distribution of heat and quick stirring of ingredients without spilling over. Do not overcrowd your pan and cook in batches depending on the size of your pan as you want the food to sear and not cook in their steam.
- Stir-frying is a speedy process so make sure all your ingredients are already prepared and ready to go. Cut your meats and veggies in uniform sizes to ensure even cooking.
- Make sure your pan is hot before adding oil and give the oil a few minutes to completely heat up as well to ensure food doesn’t stick to the pan. Remember that not all oils are created equal and not all are suitable for high temperatures. Use cooking oils with high smoke points such as peanut oil, canola or vegetable oil.
- Velvet your meat! This is a Chinese cooking technique where beef, chicken or seafood are marinated in cornstarch to help seal in moisture and keep the meat moist even with the high heat cooking.
- For sturdier ingredients such as carrots and broccoli, I like to blanch the vegetables before stir-frying. Not only does this help maintain the vegetables’ vibrant color and crisp texture, it helps for faster and even cooking. With the carrots and broccoli already tender yet crisp, pulling together the stir-fry dish is all a matter of tossing them in the stir-fry sauce.
Speaking of stir-fry sauce, I do have a tried and tested sauce I use to jazz up our meals. It’s pretty versatile and quite tasty but it does require a host of ingredients to pull together.
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