There is only one rule when it comes to stir-fry, and that is there are no rules!! I love stir-fry! I go a little crazy when this time of year rolls around. When my garden is giving me all kinds of fresh goodies to work with, I try all sorts of stir-fry combinations! Simply put a little olive oil in the bottom of your pan, and start adding whatever you like. I have one staple ingredient. Onions are usually the first things that make their way into my pan. Then, perhaps a lovely pepper, an eight ball zucchini, and a couple carrots. Throw in a few green beans, and some chopped tomato and voila, a healthy and yummy meal! There are so many variations to try, and no two of mine are exactly the same! Earlier in the season, I love to use sugar peas. Turnips and potatoes are also good, and I love to cut up a head of cabbage and stir fry with a little bacon crumbled into it!
You can also add any kind of meat you like, although I usually cook it separately, and then add it to my veggies. We love venison, and when we process our deer (if we have been fortunate enough to harvest one), we’re always sure to cut some stir fry steak pieces. This is wonderful in stir fry. Chicken, fish, crab meat, and tuna are also great additions. It’s a great way to use up leftover turkey or ham too.
When it comes to seasonings, I try to be creative. I use soy sauce, but I try lots of other things as well. I have wine vinegar with garlic that is good. A couple splashes of your favorite marinade give some interesting flavors, and taco seasoning or steak rub seasoning is an interesting twist too!
I also use some kind of filler. Any kind of rice or pasta, or lo mien noodles are a great addition.
Try your own stir fry, and be creative. You won’t be sorry!
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