How to Use Fresh Peppers in an Asian Stir-Fry
The two most common types of fresh peppers you will find in an Asian stir-fry are the sweet green pepper and the hot chili pepper. When selecting fresh peppers for a stir-fry you want to select peppers that are free of blemishes and look for peppers that have a firm (not wrinkled) skin. When handling chili peppers make sure you protect your hands by wearing vinyl gloves.
To make an Asian Stir-Fry dish you really don’t need a recipe. You simply need a wok, some vegetable or olive oil, freshly chopped vegetables, chopped meat and some sauce or marinade. Stir-Fry’s are very versatile because you can select your family’s favorite vegetables and meat.
If you do not own a wok, never fear, you can still do an Asian stir-fry dish by using a high-walled heavy frying pan.
Wash and chop all of your fresh vegetables into small bite-sized pieces. We like using onions, broccoli, carrots, mushrooms, cauliflower, sweet green peppers and 1 or 2 chili peppers, depending on how spicy you like it. Rinse your meat and pat dry. Set vegetables and meat aside. Next, prepare your stir-fry sauce or use a bottle of your favorite marinade.
Turn your burner on to medium-high heat and season your wok with your favorite cooking oil (olive or peanut oil works well). Bring the oil up to a high temperature and then turn heat down to medium. Toss in your chopped onions and carrots, simmering them over medium heat for 3-4 minutes. Next, toss in the rest of your chopped vegetables and chopped meat. Season with salt, pepper, hot pepper flakes and/or minced garlic if desired. Simmer mixture over medium heat until 5 – 8 minutes of cooking time remains. Pour in your prepared sauce or marinade, cover and simmer until all ingredients are done. You want them to be fork tender…not mushy! If you have a wok that can stand super high temperatures, then you can lower your cooking times but always make sure your meat is cooked through.
You can serve your stir-fry with white rice, brown rice or pasta noodles. If desired, garnish your plate with a few chopped peppers. It is a delicious, quick meal that your whole family will love.
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