18 Stir-Fry Recipes for a Lightning-Quick Dinner
These stir-fry recipes bring restaurant-style flavor with a Southern spin to the table in a flash. No wok? No problem. Any blazing hot skillet will work for a stir-fry. If you’re looking for the ultimate one-dish weeknight meal that packs a serious flavor punch, you’ve met your match with these stir-fry recipes. Before you start making a stir-fry recipe, be sure all of your ingredients are gathered and prepped. Stir-fries come together quickly, but that means you'll need to stay on your toes.
We love how easy stir-fry recipes are to customize. Start with a protein as the base, then throw in your family's favorites veggies for a riff on one of our so-easy recipes. Serve your stir-fry with a side of rice for a complete meal. Not only are stir-fry recipes extremely easy to prepare, they’re packed with protein, veggies, and grains—a stir-fry is a great way to make a healthy, balanced meal for the whole family.
Pork and Bok Choy Stir-Fry
Recipe: Pork and Bok Choy Stir-Fry
The thin slices of pork tenderloin cook in a snap, and nutrient-packed bok choy adds snap and freshness to the balanced dish.
Shrimp Stir Fry with Bacon
Recipe: Shrimp Stir Fry with Bacon
Shrimp and bacon make a surprisingly beautiful pair. This stir fry is so quick to whip up, it’ll be your new weeknight go-to.
Ham and Lima Bean Fried Rice
Recipe: Ham and Lima Bean Fried Rice
Ham and lima beans? You’ll just have to trust us on this one. We call this our pantry cleanout dish.
Shrimp Fried Rice
Recipe: Shrimp Fried Rice
This shrimp fried rice will be ready in only 25 minutes. That’s probably less time than it would take for the deliveryman to arrive.
Thai Beef Stir-Fry
Recipe: Thai Beef Stir-Fry
This stir fry is a whole meal in one. Brown sugar, lime, soy sauce, sriracha, and fish sauce combine to form a succulent sauce for the sirloin.
Easy Chicken Fried Rice
Recipe: Easy Chicken Fried Rice
Don’t call in for takeout—this easy chicken fried rice recipe will leave you feeling lighter and satisfied.
Garlicky Beef-and-Bean Stir-Fry
Recipe: Garlicky Beef-and-Bean Stir-Fry
Cut costs at the supermarket by rethinking how you buy meats. Here, we use a less expensive cut of beef and stretch it by adding colorful fresh veggies to the entrée. Thinly slice the meat and stir-fry it quickly to keep it tender.
Coconut Fried Shrimp
Recipe: Coconut Fried Shrimp
In the summertime, we love throwing our shrimp on the grill, but we still can’t resist this succulent coconut fried shrimp. This dish will make you feel like you’re in the tropics.
Basil Fried Rice
Recipe: Basil Fried Rice
A double dose of basil gives this fried rice a fresh, herbaceous quality that fried rice is often missing.
Pork-and-Green Bean Stir-Fry
Recipe: Pork-and-Green Bean Stir-Fry
The key to this dish is developing a nice char on the green beans. To do so, heat the oil in your skillet until it almost smokes before adding the beans. Let them sear, stirring every 20 to 30 seconds, and they'll take on color. Feel free to sub thinly sliced strips of red bell pepper instead of hot chiles.
Lighter Pan-Fried Chicken with Green Beans and Tomatoes
Just another recipe to prove that your cast iron skillet really is your best friend. This lighter twist on fried chicken doesn’t sacrifice any of the crispy, juicy texture.
Recipe: Beef-and-Watermelon Stir-Fry
The sweet heat of this beef dish is surprisingly refreshing. Slice the watermelon into sticks about the same size as the sugar snap peas so you get a sweet crunch in every bite. Garnish with fresh cilantro leaves for extra flavor.
Smoky Pork Stir-Fry
Recipe: Smoky Pork Stir-Fry
This zesty stir-fry offers restaurant-style flavor for a fraction of the calories. Smoked paprika and dark sesame oil add depth to this stir-fry. Serve over precooked brown rice or soba noodles.
Recipe: Chicken Stir-Fry
Fresh veggies add prep time but allow you to customize this stir-fry with summer favorites. Add any veggie you like for a meal that is sure to please the whole family. The best part? This one-dish wonder will be ready in just 10 minutes.
Shrimp-and-Black Bean Stir-Fry
Recipe: Shrimp-and-Black Bean Stir-Fry
This tropical pairing of sweet and savory will wake up tired taste buds at the dinner table. If you're not a fan of mango, swap in fresh, juicy pineapple. Garnish with cilantro leaves for a finishing pop of flavor and color.
"PB and J" Steak Stir-fry with Rice
Recipe: "PB&J" Steak Stir-fry with Rice
Pepper jelly and peanut butter blend to form the base sauce of this kid-inspired stir-fry. Cook a pot of rice as you're fixing this recipe so that it's ready to go when your stir-fry is done. You'll want to serve this family-friendly dish right away.
Beef-and-Brussels Sprouts Stir-Fry
A ripping-hot skillet works as well as a wok to sear food fast. Just be sure to use one that can take the heat, preferably cast-iron or a large, heavy-bottomed stainless. Feel free to substitute any cruciferous vegetable cut into even pieces in place of Brussels sprouts, from broccoli and cauliflower to cabbage and bok choy.
Chicken and Veggie Stir-Fry
Recipe: Chicken and Veggie Stir-Fry
This colorful chicken and vegetable stir fry is a delight for the eyes as well as the taste buds with its colorful array of yellow squash, red bell pepper, broccolini, and green onions.