This “quickie” recipe is a go-to in our house. Frozen vegetables stir-fired in a savory sauce with fresh ginger, garlic and toasted sesame oil. Make this healthful super-tasty meal in about 15 minutes!
This is a favorite budget-friendly recipe in our house, putting reliable frozen veggies front and center. The sauce is made with everyday pantry condiments like soy sauce, sesame oil and hoisin.
I get it — frozen veggies don’t sound very glam. But there’s no denying that stocking up on bags of assorted colorful vegetables will up your freezer game when dinner time comes around!
To make this dish, grab a variety of vegetables that are probably stashed in your freezer right now and mix up a stir-fry sauce with pantry ingredients.
You can serve the vegetables as is, or toss in cooked ramen noodles, rice noodles or rice to make it even more satisfying.
Best frozen vegetables to use in a stir-fry
The beauty of this recipe is that you can mix up the veggies to suit your family’s taste. Yay for choices!
Tip: No one enjoys soggy vegetables in a stir-fry. It’s easy to avoid that — just stick to a mix of sturdier vegetables.
That’s the best way to make sure your veggies will keep their pleasing crisp texture after cooking. You’ll need a total of two pounds frozen vegetables to serve four people.
Here are the frozen vegetables I recommend for stir-frying :
- Broccoli florets
- Cauliflower florets
- Sliced or chopped carrots
- Green beans
- Sweet corn and/or baby corn
I bought bags of “Asian Medley” frozen vegetables. a mix that includes snap peas, baby corn, and carrots. I also added in sliced carrots, edamame and broccoli florets that were packaged separately.
It’s a surprisingly pretty and colorful mixture of vegetables that make a quick and healthful meal.
Tips for stir-frying frozen vegetables
There’s no need to thaw the frozen vegetables before cooking. Just throw them directly into your very hot wok or large skillet.
- Choose the right pan, ideally a wok. A large skillet that’s 12-inches in diameter will work too. The more surface area the better so that the vegetables cook quickly and stay crisp.
- Heat up the pan on high heat before adding the vegetables. When it just begins to smoke, add your oil and start frying.
- Stir the frozen veggies around frequently so they thaw quickly and cook evenly.
If you have them on hand, stir in some fresh greens like spinach or kale after you take the pan off the heat. The residual heat will wilt them slightly and add even more color and nutrition to your plate.
For non-vegetarians, meat protein is delicious in this stir-fry. Use a half pound of ground meat (such as turkey, pork or beef) sliced raw chicken or shrimp before cooking the onion in step 1.
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Stir-Fried Frozen Vegetables in Sesame Ginger Sauce
- ¼ cup vegetable broth or water
- 3 tablespoons soy sauce or tamari sauce
- 2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
- 2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
- 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons grated garlic
- 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
- 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
- 1 tablespoon sriracha
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 2 tablespoons high-heat vegetable oil, such as canola, avocado or peanut
- ½ red or yellow onion, sliced
- 2 pounds mixed frozen vegetables (see note below)
Serve with your choice of :
- Cooked plain ramen or rice noodles
- Cooked rice
- Baby spinach or kale greens
Mix the stir-fry sauce:
- Whisk all the ingredients together in a medium bowl.
Cook the vegetables:
- Heat a wok or large (12-inch) skillet over high heat until the pan is very hot. Add the oil and wait until it shimmers (it should shimmer immediately if your pan is hot enough). Stir in the onion and cook 1 minute. Add the vegetables. Cook 5 minutes, stirring frequently, or until the vegetables are heated through.
- Pour in the sauce and stir until the vegetables are coated. Cook until the sauce thickens and smells fragrant, 2-3 minutes.
- Serve hot over rice, noodles and or greens.
- Mix and match sturdy frozen vegetables such as carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, green beans, corn, edamame or choose a packaged blend.
- There’s no need to thaw the vegetables before cooking. Just throw them right in your screaming-hot pan!
- For non-vegetarians, meat protein is delicious in this stir-fry. Use a half pound of ground meat (such as turkey, pork or beef) sliced raw chicken or shrimp before cooking the onion in step 1.