Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Shhh... My Stir Fry Secret

My secret to a tasty stir fry with tender meat? Marinating the meat – chicken, pork, beef, whatever – in a tangy, sweet, hot sauce. Combine the ingredients below, and leave the meat to marinade while you chop the veg and prepare the rest of the stir fry ingredients. Remove the meat from the marinade and brown it first, setting it aside so you can stir fry the veg, and adding it back towards the end. Then, just before you've finished cooking, pour the marinade over the stir fry and allow to simmer as a delicious sauce. (You can add a little more soy sauce, if needed.)

  • Juice of half an orange
  • Juice of half a lime (or lemon if you can't get limes)
  • Tbsp fish sauce
  • 2–3 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 chilli, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 Tbsp ginger, grated


  1. That is such a great idea - I must try this. Always looking for great stir-fry sauce ideas. Stir-fry is a wonderful way to get my 2 carnivore men to eat vegetables and with this sauce, they'll be asking for 2nds

  2. Thanks for the comment, Rose! It really does amazing things to the meat – not only does it become more tender, but it gets all caramelised in the sauce. I did something similar with a pork and mushroom stir fry her: Enjoy!