Stir-frying is a quick-cooking method that requires very little fat. The secret to successful stir-fries is pre-prep. All the ingredients should be chopped or cut as needed so that everything will cook quickly. Woks are purpose-built for stir-frying, but any large, heavy skillet will do as well.
Here’s a quick primer on how to stir fry:
- Make sure your ingredients are dry.
- Heat the oil over high heat, then add the aromatic ingredients (garlic, chilis, onions) and spices to the oil before adding any other ingredients. This allows the flavors to infuse the oil.
- Add the rest of the ingredients, being careful not to overcrowd the pan. If necessary cook in small batches.
- As with sautéing, you need to pay attention to the process; stir-frying is done over high heat and the ingredients can easily burn.