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Easy Vegetable Stir Fry is a mixture of colorful vegetables sautéed in a sweet and savory sauce that makes for a simple weeknight meal! Less than 30 minutes to make from start to finish!

Quick and simple recipe that can be made to your liking! If you love stir fry as much as we do try this Honey Garlic Chicken Stir Fry, or Slow Cooker Cashew Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry.

Vegetable Stir Fry

Easiest Vegetable Stir Fry

This is it! This is the recipe that gets me through the week! I love how simple and easy it is to cook and how delicious it tastes. There are so many variations to this recipe that it is perfect to make with a family.

Busy weeknights has me making 30 minutes or less recipes. They are easier and turn out to be, oh. so. good!

This past month I have been doing some meal prep and I decided to try this as well. I cooked it up on Sunday and added it into 5 days of lunches for me. It was simple to warm up and was filling all day.

The colors from the vegetables are so vibrant and blend so well together. You have a crunchy, soft and sweet texture that blends so well together leaving you wanting another bite.

My kids loved every bits of it and even asked for seconds. They loved it and wanted to

You can make this ahead, prepare it for dinner or freeze it for later. It is one stir fry that is simple, easy and delicious!

What is stir fry?

Stir frying is a Chinese cooking technique in which ingredients are fried in a small amount of very hot oil while being stirred in a wok.

The technique originated in China and in recent centuries has spread into other parts of Asia and the West.

Stir fry ingredients

I like to stir fry the vegetables that take a little longer to cook first. Like the carrots, mushrooms and baby corn. Then I add in the remainder ingredients. Broccoli, snow peas and the bell peppers do not take as long to cook.

  • Olive Oil
  • Vegetables: red bell pepper, yellow bell peppers, sugar snap peas, carrots, mushrooms, broccoli, baby corn, water chestnuts.
  • Sauce: soy sauce, garlic cloves (minced), brown sugar, sesame oil, chicken broth, cornstarch
  • Garnish: green onions and sesame seeds

How to make vegetable stir fry?

The first step is to cook up your veggies. I used a combination of red and yellow peppers, snow peas, broccoli, carrots, and mushrooms. I also added some baby corn and water chestnuts into the mix for variety. While the veggies are cooking, I make a simple garlic sauce. The sauce gets poured over the veggies then is simmered until thickened. You can enjoy your veggie stir fry as-is, or over rice.

  • Sauté: In a wok or large skillet add 1 Tablespoon olive oil over medium high heat. Add bell pepper, peas, carrots, mushrooms, broccoli, baby corn, and water chestnuts. Sauté 2-3 minutes until veggies are almost tender.
  • Whisk: In a small bowl, whisk together soy sauce, garlic, brown sugar, sesame oil, chicken broth, and cornstarch.
  • Mix: Pour over veggies and cook until the sauce has thickened.
  • Garnish: add chopped green onions and sesame seeds if desired.
vegetables cut in a bowl

Other variations of stir fry

There are so many different ways to customize your veggie stir fry, the combinations are endless!

  • Meat: add in some chicken, pork, shrimp, beef or tofu.
  • Vegetables: asparagus, bean sprouts, celery, zucchini, cauliflower, onions or tomatoes add more of variety of vegetables.
  • Nuts: almonds and cashews are great to stir in as well.
  • Spicy: make it spicy by adding some heat with sriracha or crushed red pepper flakes.

Are stir fry vegetables healthy?

Stir-frying is a fast way to cook small pieces of food in a hot skillet or wok. In addition to being quick and easy, stir-frying is also healthy.

It results in tender-crisp vegetables that retain more nutrients than if they were boiled.

And since stir-frying requires only a small amount of oil, the fat content is low.

vegetable stir fry

Tips for stir fry

  • To help cook the vegetables at the same rate, make sure to cut into similar and smaller sized pieces.
  • Store your vegetable stir fry in the refrigerator for 5 days. You can even meal prep!
  • Baby corn and water chestnuts are found in cans down the ethnic food aisles.
  • Make ahead the sauce for this vegetable stir fry. It will last in the refrigeratior for 3 days. You can freeze this for later use if needed.

What goes well with stir fry?

  • White, brown or Fried Rice
  • Noodles
  • Ramen
  • Lo Mein
  • Zoodles
  • Spinach
vegetable stir fry with noodles

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The Easiest Vegetable Stir Fry

4.83 from 81 votes
By: Alyssa Rivers
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 6

Ingredients 

Instructions 

  • Add 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium-high heat in a wok or large skillet. Add bell pepper, peas, carrots, mushrooms, broccoli, baby corn, and water chestnuts. Sauté 2-3 minutes until veggies are almost tender.
  • In a small whisk together soy sauce, garlic, brown sugar, sesame oil, chicken broth, and cornstarch.
  • Pour over veggies and cook until the sauce has thickened. Garnish with chopped green onions and sesame seeds if desired

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Nutrition

Calories: 152kcalCarbohydrates: 27gProtein: 5gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 643mgPotassium: 489mgFiber: 4gSugar: 12gVitamin A: 4701IUVitamin C: 104mgCalcium: 37mgIron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: Asian American, Chinese
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About Alyssa Rivers

Alyssa Rivers is the author of 'The Tried and True Cookbook', a professional food photographer and experienced recipe-developer. Having a passion for cooking, her tried and true recipes have been featured on Good Morning America, Today Food, Buzzfeed and more.

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178 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    This was delicious! I did not have the water chestnuts or baby corn so I used asparagus. Will add this one to the family cookbook.

  2. 5 stars
    Really tasty recipe. The only substitution I made was to use organic honey instead of sugar, and just 1 tbsp. Thanks.

  3. 5 stars
    My husband doesn’t usually compliment me much for my cooking lol, but her said this was good which is a big compliment. Only change I made was using one tablespoon less of sugar and garlic powder instead of fresh. Thanks!

  4. 5 stars
    I used this recipe as inspiration and made some substitutions because I didn’t have chicken broth or corn starch. Instead I used water & flour, and also added in some ground ginger. We served over a bed of quinoa & it was delicious!!

  5. So I think I see zucchini in your photo for this, but it’s not in the recipe, would zucchini go well in this??

  6. Recipe is fine, but olive oil makes no sense for stir fry. Try vegetable oil, as it has a higher smoke point. Very easy to burn olive oil with a decent amount of cooking on high heat and leave contents with an off-taste.

    1. Yes I agree. I use avocado oil. Peanut oil is really the best for high temperatures. I just don’t have any on hand.

  7. 5 stars
    This was excellent, I substituted vegetable broth for the chicken stock to make it vegetarian, I also added rice noodles to make it more filling for dinner. I will definitely make this again.