A stir-fry is the perfect, quick and easy meal for eating well on a budget – and, to make it even simpler, we’ve listed the five categories of ingredients you need to cook one. Choose one item from each column to create a custom combo to suit your taste. Whether you want to spice up Saturday’s dinner, go lower-carb or do Meat Free Monday, there’s plenty of inspo for everyone. There’s no exact recipe – just take your pick then follow our Steps To Success (below) and you’ll be turning out delicious, nutritious stir-fries in less time than it takes to get a takeaway!
No wok? Use a large frying pan instead.
● Dice meat, poultry or tofu into equal-sized pieces so they all cook evenly.
● It’s important to cook all meat and especially poultry fully before adding the other ingredients.
● Cook on a medium heat then turn lower nearer the end to keep the stir-fry hot but not overcooked.
● Stir continuously to make sure nothing burns, sticks or overcooks.
● Small-sized frozen veg – such as peas, sweetcorn and ready-chopped mixes – can go straight into the wok from the freezer; cook through until piping hot.
● Cook the noodles or rice according to the pack instructions, then add at the end just to incorporate so they don’t overcook.
● Add the sauce 1tsp at a time, tasting as you go along, until the flavour is to your liking.
● Greens cook quickly, so add towards the end to help ensure they keep their fresh flavour and colour.
Start with your hero ingredient: try meat, poultry, seafood or tofu.
Next, choose a starchy carb, or a substitute, such as cauliflower rice.
Throw in some veg to add flavour and help you towards your 5-a-day.
Add a fresh crunch or earthy depth with some leafy green vegetables.
Spicy, savoury, sweet and sour – sauce will turn your stir-fry into a taste sensation!
*Based on the estimated cost for a four-person serving. Price per serving of £1.15 is for chicken breasts, rice noodles, frozen veg stir-fry mix, pak choi and Asda Szechuan Stir-Fry Sauce combination