from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To fry quickly in a small amount of oil over high heat while stirring continuously.
- n. Food fried quickly in this manner: a chicken and vegetable stir-fry.
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- v. To fry something quickly in hot oil whilst constantly stirring; especially in a wok or similar pan
- n. Food cooked in this manner.
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While paging through her newest work, Stir-Frying to the Sky's Edge which won a coveted James Beard award, I read: "While the term 'stir-fry' is now part of the American culinary vocabulary, the art of stir-frying remains misunderstood."
Many people stir-fry as a way to incorporate vegetables and meat together in the same dish, but keep in mind that oil is fat, which means extra calories—even if you use olive oil.
Think raw bars, sushi bars, carving stations, stir-fry stations, or pasta stations.
• Use tofu instead of chicken in a stir-fry with lots of veggies.
Regular tofu is dense and solid and holds up well in stir-fry dishes, soups, or on the grill.
For example, stir-fry a small amount of steak with carrots, onions, water chestnuts, and bell peppers, and you get all the flavor with a fraction of the fat.
At the Fairmont Copley Plaza, for example, diabetics can enjoy steamed cod and organic brown rice; vegans are offered exotic mushroom stir-fry with tofu and Wakame Seaweed Salad; gluten-free dieters have the option of a roasted beet salad and grilled salmon entree.
Staff and students at the University of Massachusetts celebrated the start of the new semester on Monday by making the world's largest stir-fry.
I can cook a whole bunch, refrigerate and/or freeze them (depending on whether I am traveling), and reheat in the form of vegetable stir-fry, add homemade tomato sauce from my organic garden, sauté, and top with a fried farm egg.
Try brown rice with your stir-fry, or whole-wheat spaghetti with your favorite pasta sauce.