Have you ever celebrated Stir-Friday? If you haven’t, it’s a tradition worth getting into! For many of us, Friday symbolizes the end of the week and the beginning of our weekend, a time when we like to kick back, relax, and enjoy our leisure time. It’s also the time when many of us take it easy on the home cooking side of things and order takeout instead of spending a lot of time on prep work — after all, we deserve a little bit of a break from being (self-proclaimed) master chefs every now and then.
If you’d prefer to make something easy over ordering in, we’ve got two words for you: stir-fry. Make a stir-fry on Friday and what do you get? Stir-Friday. There are so many reasons why you should love stir-fries. For starters, they’re totally easy to make because most of the time, you use only one pan and they take so little time to cook. They’re also flavorful! Throw some fresh or dried herbs and sauces in with the vegetables for your stir-fry and suddenly, you’re in flavor town, which is our favorite place to be.
Not to mention, there are so many different ways you can make stir-fries! You can make them with all vegetables, tofu, tempeh, udon, soba, vermicelli, pasta — there are so many limitless possibilities in the flavors and ingredients you can combine that it’s tough to get bored of stir-fry. So, kick off your weekend by celebrating Stir-Friday! Here are 15 delicious recipes for you to choose from.
1. Ultimate Teriyaki Stir-Fry
This Ultimate Teriyaki Stir-Fry is better than any takeout! A rainbow of vegetables — carrot, zucchini, broccoli, and bell peppers of all colors are mixed with tofu and a homemade teriyaki sauce and the topped with crunchy nuts. It’s highly recommended that you serve this over your favorite kind of noodles or grains.
2. Maple Soy Soba Stir-Fry
This Maple Soy Soba Stir-Fry makes the perfect one pan meal for a busy night! It’s made with soba noodles, which are made from buckwheat. So even if you’re gluten-free, you can still enjoy a big bowl of savory and sweet stir-fry noodles. It’s easy to make and it will keep in the refrigerator for a few days, so prepare yourself for some seriously delicious leftovers — if they make it past the first day.
3. Spicy Mushroom Stir-Fry With Garlic, Black Pepper, and Chives
This Spicy Mushroom Stir-Fry so simple, but it’s so big on flavor. Sliced Baby Bella mushrooms are stir-fried with fresh herbs and dry spices in a meal that’s so easy, you’ll want to make it every Stir-Friday. It’s intended as a side, but the mushrooms are good enough to be an easy main course when it’s served with grains.
4. Tempe Tumis Cabe Gendot: Indonesian Stir-Fry Habanero Tempeh
In this Indonesian Tempe Tumis Cabe Gendot, tempeh is deep-fried and then cooked in a hot and spicy sauce. Lemongrass, galangal, bay leaves, and kaffir lime leaves bring different flavors while habanero brings the heat. Adjust the amount of peppers according to how spicy you like it and serve with steamed rice so that the tempeh is the main focus.
5. Szechuan Eggplant in Garlic Sauce
Szechuan Eggplant in Garlic Sauce is a famous Chinese dish that’s traditionally prepared by deep-frying eggplant strips in a sticky, garlic-ginger sauce. This recipe does it a little differently by sautéeing the eggplant in the sauce with molasses added to give it that glossy, deep-fried look, so you can enjoy the same taste without all the oil. Serve this easy stir-fry over a bed of rice, so you don’t miss a single drop of garlic sauce.
6. Super Veggie Peanut Sauce Stir-Fry
This Suger Veggie Peanut Sauce Stir-Fry with cauliflower rice is fresh, fun, and satisfying. The delicious sauce is super easy to make and ties together the rainbow of vegetables in this dish perfectly. It’s also very healthy because it’s made from peanut flour as opposed to regular peanut butter. Yummy, guilt-free goodness!
7. Southern Okra, Pecan, and Cherry Tomato Stir-Fry
If you’re apprehensive about trying okra, consider giving this Southern Okra, Pecan, and Cherry Tomato Stir-Fry a-go! Fresh, seasonal ingredients are stir-fried together with lots of bright spices to create a delicious, vibrant, and healthy dish. No sliminess in the texture here, just amazing flavor!
8. Pasta Mushroom Stir-Fry
This beautiful and simple Pasta Mushroom Stir-Fry is made from White Button mushrooms tossed in warm oil flavored with fresh parsley leaves and cooked in red wine vinegar. The mushrooms are folded in gluten-free lentil pasta and seasoned with salt and pepper. This takes only 10 minutes to prep and 10 minutes to cook, making it a quick dinner or lunch.
9. Black Sesame Vegetable and Tofu Stir-Fry With Chili Sauce
This Black Sesame Vegetable and Tofu Stir-Fry is a quick, vibrant, uber-healthful dinner for those nights when you just really need a no-brainer. It’s tasty, light, and fast. Try this once, and you’ll be hooked — it’s all about the sauce here. Serve this on a bed of rice, or enjoy as-is!
10. Masala Spinach Farro Stir-Fry
Farro is an ancient grain from the Mediterranean region that has a pleasantly chewy texture. It especially stands out in this Masala Spinach Farro Stir-Fry, flavored with a fragrant homemade masala spice blend. Baby spinach melts into the farro, making the dish super creamy and adding a boost of healthful greens.
11. Shiitake Asparagus Stir-Fry With Wasabi Avocado Cream
This Shiitake Asparagus Stir-Fry With Wasabi Avocado Cream combines so many different flavors. The mushrooms and asparagus are a little sweet, gingery, and they have an umami flavor thanks to tamari and the natural flavor of the mushrooms. Top that with creamy wasabi avocado sauce for an extra kick of spiciness, serve it with rice, and you’re good to go! And it can be varied in endless ways, with different kinds of vegetables. Just use what you have at home and what’s in season.
12. Sweet and Salty Pineapple Fried Rice
You’re going to love digging into this richly savory, Sweet and Salty Pineapple Fried Rice. Pile it high in your favorite bowl and serve with your favorite plant-based protein to complement the flavors, like teriyaki tofu. The addictive variety of flavors, especially the bursts of juicy pineapple, will have you making this dish again and again.
13. Shirataki Pad Thai
Shirataki noodles are thin, gelatinous Japanese noodles that are made from yams. They may have a neutral flavor, but consider that a positive thing in a dish like this Shirataki Pad Thai — it allows them to absorb any flavor you cook them in, so you can add as much (or as little) seasoning as you like! Shirataki take the place of traditional rice noodles in this pad Thai recipe, offering a unique texture to this spicy dish.
14. Broccoli Cashew Fried Rice
Even simple dishes like fried rice can be tough to get right. That’s where recipes like this Broccoli Cashew Fried Rice come into play. This is the best guide for fried rice that you’ll ever come across. Broccoli and cashews are an amazing addition to stir-frys, but you can substitute for any veggie. Depending on how heavy you like your sauce you’ll likely have some leftovers – store it in the refrigerator and use as a dressing for a soba noodle salad or stirred through a quinoa dish.
15. Vegetable Udon Stir-Fry With Spicy Sauce
Not only is this Vegetable Udon Stir-Fry With Spicy Sauce done in under 30 minutes, it’s also a perfect weekday dinner. Broccoli and carrots give it some crunch while black-eyed peas and tofu add a boost of protein. Got people in your family who aren’t keen on heat? The spicy sauce is easily adjusted to taste!
With so many options, stir-fry is a meal that we can never get board of. We’d love to know your favorite stir-fries. Tell us about your favorite recipe in the comments!
Lead image source: Sweet and Salty Pineapple Fried Rice