Quick Stir-Fries

Healthy,In Season,Quick & Easy,Recipes,Spring
April 1, 2010

Cookbook author Helen Chen honors her Chinese mother by cooking simple stir-fries for family suppers.

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When Helen Chen wrote Easy Chinese Stir-Fries (Wiley, 2009), she looked no further than the simple dishes her mom, Chinese restaurateur and entrepreneur Joyce Chen, made for family suppers at their home in Cambridge, Mass.

“When I was growing up, my mother did all the cooking at home. It was her everyday Chinese home cooking that I remember best—the stir-fry dishes that are simple, easy, delicious,” Chen says.

To make your stir-fries equally memorable, Chen suggests:

  • Measure and chop all ingredients before starting to stir-fry. Once you start, it goes fast.
  • Cornstarch in the marinade helps seal in the juices, keeping the ingredients moist and tender. It also helps thicken the sauce.
  • Use a stir-fry pan or wok with plenty of room and sloped sides.
  • Make sure the oil is hot, hot hot. Food should sizzle when added.
  • Do not overload the pan or your ingredients will steam and not sauté.

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Recipe adapted with permission from Helen Chen’s Easy Chinese Stir-Fries (Wiley, 2009).

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Coral and Jade

A light tomato sauce accentuates the pink color of the sweet shrimp, and snow peas provide a verdant snap of color in this lightly sauced dish.

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Black Pepper Beef with Green Beans

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Stir-Fried Pork with Asparagus

Boneless pork chops and a few Chinese pantry staples make this dinner a snap.

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