Simple stir fry

Stir fries are quick, tasty and easy to make. They are a great way to get a variety of different vegetables all at once.

This recipe includes a simple stir fry marinade made from scratch using basic pantry ingredients. Use the marinade on your choice of meat or tofu.

Serves 4


1 tablespoon oil
1 onion, cut into thin wedges
200g chicken thigh fillets, lean beef strips or tofu, thinly sliced
2 sticks of celery, sliced diagonally
1 large carrot, cut into strips
1 cup broccoli florets
1 capsicum, sliced
½ cup water

Stir fry marinade
2 tablespoons salt reduced soy sauce
1 tablespoon oyster sauce
1 clove garlic, crushed
3cm piece of fresh ginger, peeled and finely grated or minced
1 teaspoon honey


Step 1: To make the marinade, combine soy sauce, oyster sauce, ginger, garlic and honey in a bowl. Add the meat or tofu and mix well. Cover and refrigerate whilst preparing other ingredients.

Step 2: Heat oil in wok or frypan and add the marinated meat or tofu making sure not to add all of the marinade. Stir fry for 2-3 minutes or until browned. Transfer to a bowl and cover to keep warm.

Step 3: Add onion to wok and stir fry for 1 minute or until onion has softened. Add celery and carrot. Stir fry for 2-3 minutes. Add capsicum and broccoli and stir fry for a further 2 minutes until all vegetables are just tender. Add remaining marinade and stir through.

Step 4: Return meat or tofu to wok and stir through. Blend cornflour with water and add to the pan with the noodles. Stir fry for 1 minute until heated through.

Refer to the Project Dinnertime fact sheet “Foundations of a great dinner” for ideas on how you can turn this foundation recipe into a range of simple stir fries.

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