How to Prepare Sauteed Vegetables and Vegetables (with Pictures)

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How to Prepare Sauteed Vegetables and Vegetables (with Pictures)
How to Prepare Sauteed Vegetables and Vegetables (with Pictures)

Sauteing, a technique also known as stir-fry, is a quick and tasty way to prepare a balanced meal. As long as you have a skillet or wok and the right kind of oil, you can try any combination of vegetables and greens. If you like, you can also add tofu, chicken, beef or other protein. To season the stir-fry, you can use a sauce or spice mixture. If you want to learn how to prepare a tasty and crunchy dish, start with Step 1.


Part 1 of 4: Preparing the ingredients

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Step 1. Choose vegetables and greens

Almost any combination can be used. Try to include a variety of colors and textures, plus one or more especially flavorful and aromatic ingredients. Fresh or frozen vegetables and vegetables work well in stir-fries, but avoid using canned ones, which are soft and spoil the texture of the dish. Use about a cup and a half of any combination of fresh vegetables per stir-fry serving. Try to use all the following ingredients you like and add others off the list if you like:

  • Bell pepper
  • pod or pea
  • Carrot
  • Zucchini
  • Green or purple cabbage
  • Broccoli
  • Aubergine
  • Onion
  • Shitake mushroom
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Step 2. Wash and dry ingredients

Fresh vegetables should be washed before using them in recipes and canned ones drained. Dry them with a paper towel or a clean tea towel to cook properly. Wet vegetables will steam instead of frying, resulting in a soggy texture.

Frozen vegetables do not need to be thawed if they are already cut into small pieces, but it is a good idea to wash the ice crystals and then dry them to keep the stir-fry as dry as possible

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Step 3. Slice ingredients into fine pieces

In a stir-fry, the key is to cook all the ingredients quickly and evenly and so that they are all ready at the same time. The size and thickness of the pieces are important to ensure that they are all fully cooked, but not overcooked. As a general rule, vegetables will cook more consistently and quickly if they are thinly sliced.

  • When preparing the ingredients, keep them separate. Each of them needs to be cooked for varying periods and they will be placed in the pot at different times.
  • For ingredients that tend to cook slower, cut them into slightly smaller pieces so they don't go raw when everything is done. For example, potatoes, carrots, and other starchy vegetables tend to need more cooking time than mushrooms and eggplants.
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Step 4. Prepare aromatic spices

Garlic, ginger, pepper and chives add depth to the dish. A small amount of any of these ingredients goes a long way. Peel garlic, ginger or onion before adding them to your stir-fry.

  • Chop aromatic seasonings into the smallest possible pieces so that their flavor is evenly distributed.
  • To prepare a quantity for two people, try adding a clove of garlic, one or two chopped chives, a 1/2-inch piece of chopped fresh ginger, and a small chopped chili pepper.
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Step 5. Include a protein

Vegetables prepared this way are very tasty, but if you want your meal with some protein, consider adding tofu, chicken, beef, pork or other meat. To prepare your protein for sauteing, do the following:

  • Chop the meat into fine pieces of a good size for chewing. Thicker pieces of meat won't cook fast enough. It's important to make sure everything is well cooked if you're going to include meat.
  • Chop the tofu into medium pieces. Choose firm tofu so it doesn't fall apart when fried. Soft tofu breaks easily and cannot stand frying.

Part 2 of 4: Choosing a sauce

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Step 1. Buy or prepare teriyaki sauce

This sweet and sour-flavored sauce is often used to flavor the stir fry. You can buy a jar of teriyaki sauce or make your own recipe. This recipe makes enough for two servings of stir-fry:

  • Mix 1/2 cup soy sauce, 1/4 cup water, 1 tablespoon rice wine and 2 tablespoons brown sugar in a saucepan.
  • Heat the mixture and simmer until it starts to thicken and the sugar dissolves completely.
  • Add salt and red pepper flakes to taste.
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Step 2. Mix white wine and soy sauce

This is a simple and easy to prepare sauce to make your dish very tasty. All you need is some white wine and soy sauce. A few spoonfuls of each of these ingredients is a simple and tasty option. Dry (not sweet) sherry can also be used in place of white wine.

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Step 3. Add salt and red pepper flakes to taste

Step 4. Prepare your own peanut sauce

It gives a flavor quite different from other traditional sauces. It is a popular restaurant option that can be prepared at home with surprising ease. To prepare peanut sauce, do the following:

  • Mix together 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter, 2 tablespoons water, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, 1 tablespoon soy sauce and 1 teaspoon brown sugar.
  • Add a crushed garlic clove, a little sesame oil or flaked red pepper to enhance the flavor.
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Step 5. Leave the rest of the mixture in the refrigerator overnight so the flavors have time to melt

Step 6. Use the broth to flavor your stir-fry

If you want a milder flavor, use vegetables, chicken or beef broth to flavor the dish. Another option is to season with soy sauce until you get the flavor you want and then season with herbs and spices.

Mix a teaspoon of sugar and a teaspoon of rice wine vinegar for a more traditional flavor

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Step 7. Mix equal parts lemon juice and broth if you want a sour taste

Part 3 of 4: Preparing the Stir-Fry

Step 1. Heat a wok or skillet over high heat

Don't put the oil in yet; just heat the pan first. If you don't have a wok, use a skillet with high sides. This type of skillet will keep the vegetables warm and allow you to stir without spilling.

Do not let the wok or pan overheat or the oil may catch fire when added. The wok or skillet will be ready when a drop of water has evaporated within 2 seconds

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Step 2. Open all windows and turn on the oven fan if you have one

Stirring ingredients while frying can produce a lot of smoke and heat.

  • Add two or three tablespoons of oil. Ideally, you should use an oil that can be heated to very high temperatures before reaching a smoke point. Peanut, canola and corn oil are good options. Do not use extra virgin olive oil, sesame oil or butter as they smoke very quickly in high heat.
  • Hold the handle of the skillet or wok and make a circular motion with the pan so that the oil covers the entire surface. It should split into several drops and run easily to the bottom of the pan.
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Step 3. If the oil spreads slowly, the pan is probably not hot enough

Heat the oil until it is very liquid before adding the ingredients. Otherwise, the stir-fry may become soggy.

  • Mix the aromatic ingredients when the oil starts to sizzle. The oil starts to sizzle just before it turns to smoke. The sizzle will tell you when it's the ideal time to add the first ingredients. If you miss the wheezing phase, add the ingredients when the oil starts to smoke a little. Now it's time to add garlic, ginger, chives and pepper, which will flavor the oil to prepare vegetables and proteins.
  • Use a wooden spoon to quickly stir the ingredients, or use the skillet to toss the food up and mix it in the oil, if you can do this without spilling anything.
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Step 4. Cook aromatics for about 30 seconds before moving on to vegetables and proteins

Don't wait too long as garlic and other aromatic compounds burn easily in hot wok.

  • Mix ingredients with long cooking time. In addition to proteins such as tofu or meat, now is the time to add stiffer, denser vegetables such as potatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, pumpkin and string beans. Quickly mix the ingredients with a wooden spoon or tongs.
  • To prevent the stir-fry from becoming soft and cooking unevenly, use only enough vegetables to cover the base of the wok or skillet. As the stir-fry only takes a few minutes to cook, you can prepare the vegetables in batches, letting the wok and oil heat up between batches.
  • If the ingredients seem to be cooking too much, stir more vigorously rather than turning the heat down. This keeps the ingredients warm and dry, resulting in a well-prepared stir-fry.
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Step 5. Continue cooking denser meat and vegetables until the protein is cooked through and the vegetables have become shiny and slightly soft

This should take 3-10 minutes depending on the ingredients you are using.

  • Add vegetables with a shorter cooking time. When the heavier ingredients are almost done, add the ones that don't take a long time to cook. Continue stirring vigorously while adding the rest of the vegetables.
  • Now is the time to add bok choy, peppers and mushrooms.
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Step 6. Ingredients that take less time include zucchini, chopped cabbage, green beans and greens

They can be added at the same time for ease or you can wait until the other vegetables are almost done.

Step 7. When the vegetables are tender, add a few tablespoons of sauce

Make quick movements with the pan to throw the ingredients up so that the sauce mixes with them and then cook for another two minutes. Your stir-fry should be almost done after 1 or 2 minutes.

Pour the sauce into the side of the skillet or wok, not the base, to keep the bottom of the pan warm

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Step 8. Don't use too much sauce so as not to soak the vegetables

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Step 9. Serve the dish immediately, as the texture is best warm, straight from the wok

Once the sauce and ingredients are mixed, turn off the heat and transfer the food to the dishes. The stir-fry will taste better and softer right after it's prepared, so don't let it cool before eating. Boiled rice of any variety goes well with sauté and soaks up the sauce well, but it can also be enjoyed straight.

Part 4 of 4: Testing for texture and flavor

Step 1. Adjust cooking time if one of the ingredients is too soft or too crispy

The size of the pieces, their variety and maturity level, and your personal preference are all taken into account to determine the cooking time. Making several stir-fries using your favorite vegetables will help you get an idea of ​​how long each vegetable should stay in the wok.

If you find that a particular ingredient has become too crunchy, add it before next time

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Step 2. If an ingredient is too soft or has fallen apart, add it later next time

Step 3. scald or soak the hardest vegetables that take a long time to cook.

Carrots, cauliflower and broccoli often need this pre-preparation as they are tough and can be difficult to cut into small pieces. If these or other hardy vegetables take a long time to cook, you have a few options:

Blanch them before frying. If your pieces are about 1.5 cm thick, steaming or steaming them in hot water for a short time will quickly soften them. Always dry them before frying

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Step 4. Alternatively, add a small amount of water, broth or dry sherry while cooking

Cover for 1 or 2 minutes until vegetables are tender, then continue stirring and frying as normal.

Step 5. Soak the dried mushrooms in hot water before using

You will need to soak the dried mushrooms for 5 to 15 minutes or until tender before using them in a stir-fry. Putting them dry will result in chunks that are hard and difficult to chew.

To moisturize dried mushrooms, boil some water, remove from heat and add mushrooms. Remove them from the water when they are fleshy, after three to five minutes

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Step 6. Dried shitake mushrooms are harder than other varieties, so they need to soak for up to 10 minutes

Step 7. Experiment with trims

After removing the dish from the heat, you may want to add a tasty decoration that doesn't need to be cooked in a wok or skillet. Here are some good options to give the perfect finishing touch:

  • Sesame seeds or toasted walnuts sprinkled over the stir-fry bring a crunchy texture.
  • Parsley, basil or other fresh herbs are attractive and give a pleasant aroma.
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