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For the Speediest Meal, Give Stir-Fry A Try

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If you’re looking for a dinner that comes together in just minutes, pull out your wok. With just a little bit of oil and extremely high heat, a wok transforms all sorts of vegetables and proteins into versatile, creative stir-fried mains. Chinese cooks have used the quick-cooking technique for hundreds—if not thousands—of years, and the method can be applied to a myriad of ingredients, from spicy squash to crispy squid to your sad leftovers.

However, in order to achieve stir-fry success, you need to keep a few things in mind. First, heat the pan over high heat until a drop of water vaporizes within a second of contact. This keeps food from sticking. Second, avoid crowding the pan, or you’ll end up with a soggy braise instead of a crunchy sear. Finally, prepare all of your ingredients ahead of time. Stir-frying demands full attention, so no last-minute slicing.

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Now that you know the basics, go ahead and heat up your wok—we’ve got 11 stir-fried dinners ready for your weeknight needs.

My Mom's Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry
My Mom's Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry
Ma Po Tofu (Stir-Fried Bean Curd with Ground Turkey)
Ma Po Tofu (Stir-Fried Bean Curd with Ground Turkey)
Minced Chicken and Cashew with Thai Basil

Minced Chicken and Cashew with Thai Basil by MummysLittleHelper

Madhur Jaffrey's Stir-Fried Cabbage with Fennel Seeds

Madhur Jaffrey's Stir-Fried Cabbage with Fennel Seeds by Genius Recipes

Tom Rang Muoi (Stir-Fried Salt and Pepper Shrimp)
Tom Rang Muoi (Stir-Fried Salt and Pepper Shrimp)
Stir-Fried Rice Noodles with Minced Pork and Black Bean
Stir-Fried Rice Noodles with Minced Pork and Black Bean
A Formula for Any Stir-Fry (& a Beef One to Start With)
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A Formula for Any Stir-Fry (& a Beef One to Start With)
Garlicky Stir-Fried Pea Shoots (Da Dou Miao)

Garlicky Stir-Fried Pea Shoots (Da Dou Miao) by Betty

Spicy Pineapple Chicken Stir Fry

Spicy Pineapple Chicken Stir Fry by QueenSashy

Shrimp and Baby Bok Choy Stir-Fry
Shrimp and Baby Bok Choy Stir-Fry
Grace Young's Stir-Fried Garlic Eggplant with Pork
Grace Young's Stir-Fried Garlic Eggplant with Pork

Don't have a wok? Check these out:

Mauviel M'steel Wok

Mauviel M'steel Wok

$100
Stainless Steel Wok

Stainless Steel Wok

$120

What's your favorite fast meal? Any stir-fried combinations you'd like to share?

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Tags: Dinner, Faster, Stir-Fry, Tips & Techniques