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Foolproof pairings for the perfect stir-fry

A ‘chuck it in’ mentality works well with stir-fries, and whatever’s left in your fridge can often provide the best inspiration. Here are a few ideas of ways to team up your protein and veg – with five tasty sauces to suit. When it’s almost cooked, make a well in the middle, add the sauce, let it bubble and stir in the sauce.

Two combos for chicken

• Butternut squash, green beans, kale, garlic, red chilli. 

• Aubergine, green pepper, ginger, green chilli. 

Two picks for pork 

• Green cabbage, shiitake mushrooms, ginger, garlic, coriander. 

• Pak choi, spring onion, garlic, red chilli. 

Two brainwaves for beef 

• Aubergine, green beans, red chilli. 

• Brussels sprouts, carrots, spring onions, ginger, garlic, red chilli. 

Two fixes for fish & seafood 

• Salmon, spring greens, asparagus, white onion, garlic, red chilli. 

• King prawns, red and green pepper, celery, ginger, garlic, red chilli. 

Two tips for tofu 

• Tenderstem® broccoli, spring greens, garlic, red chilli. 

• Chestnut mushrooms, sugar snap peas, pak choi, ginger, garlic, red chilli. 

Everything you need for 5 easy stir fry sauces 

Black pepper

3tbsp light soy sauce, 4tsp dark soy sauce, 2tbsp mirin, 2tbsp sugar, 4tbsp coarsely crushed black pepper. 

Great with: All meat, seafood, tofu, veg.

Ginger citrus soy

200ml stock, 2 tsp cornflour, 1 tbsp 1 tbsp soy sauce, 2cm grated ginger, zest of ½ lemon and juice of 1 lemon. 

Great with: Chicken, seafood.


2cm grated ginger, 4 tbsp soy sauce, 4 tbsp mirin, 2 tbsp rice vinegar, 2 tbsp honey. 

Great with: All meat, fish, veg. 

Simple peanut satay  

4 tbsp peanut butter (smooth or crunchy), 4 tbsp sweet chilli sauce, 3 tbsp soy sauce, 150ml stock. 

Great with: Chicken, pork, tofu. 

Brown miso and mirin

3 tbsp brown rice miso, 3 tbsp mirin, 2 tbsp sake, 3 tbsp brown sugar, 2 tsp soy sauce, 1/4 tsp chilli flakes. 

Great with: All meat, fish, tofu, veg. 

All ingredients serve 4.

And to finish… 

Add crunch with: Toasted sesame seeds (white and black), toasted flaked almonds, cashews or chopped peanuts. 

The final flourish: A squeeze of lemon or lime, fresh coriander, basil or chopped spring onion

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