Introduction: Easy Vegetable Teriyaki Stir Fry

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Saucy and fast, this vegetable stir fry comes together in less than 20 minutes on the stovetop in a single pan with a sweet and savory teriyaki sauce. Enjoy it as-is, or add crispy tofu, chicken, or beef. (Yield: serves 4, 222 calories per serving). This recipe comes from TheFrayedApron.com

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons refined coconut oil
  • 1 medium onion sliced
  • 1 carrot sliced diagonally
  • 1 head broccoli cut into florets
  • 1 red bell pepper sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1/4 cup tamari sauce
  • ¾ cup water
  • 1 tsp minced fresh ginger or 1/2 teaspoon ginger powder
  • 4 tablespoons brown coconut sugar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 Tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup cold water

Supplies

One Large Pan or Wok with Tall Sides

Step 1: Prep the Vegetables

Like with any stir fry, you want to have the vegetables chopped and ready to go by the time you start heating the pan. This way, everything cooks evenly, at the same rate, and is ready in no time.

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Step 2: Step 1: Saute the Vegetables

In a large skillet, warm the coconut oil over medium high heat. When a wisp of smoke rises from the hot oil, add the onion, carrot, broccoli, bell pepper, and garlic at the same time and saute the vegetables for about 3 minutes, stirring frequently.

Step 3: Step 2: Add Liquids and Make a Slurry.

Lower the heat to low. Add tamari, 1 cup water, ginger, coconut sugar, and honey to the pan with the vegetables. Toss to combine. Mix cornstarch and ¼ cup cold water in a cup and dissolve.

Step 4: Step 3: Thicken the Sauce and Serve.

Raise heat to medium high. After sauce is simmering, about 2 minutes, add cornstarch and water mixture, stirring well until sauce thickens. Serve over rice.

Step 5: Notes:

Tamari: This can be purchased with or without gluten so be sure to read the label if you are gluten-free. Shoyu makes a great substitute for tamari (but it does contain gluten).

Coconut Sugar: This palm sugar has a great flavor and compliments Asian cuisine. If you can’t use coconut sugar, I recommend either brown sugar or brown rice syrup. Chicken Option: To add uncooked chicken, I recommend dicing it and adding before the vegetables. Cook it for about 5 minutes, then add the vegetables and make the sauce.

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