teryaki stir fry
teryaki stir fry

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.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes
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stir fried vegetables in homemade teriyaki sauce

For some reason, my dad was always making vegetable teriyaki for dinner, and so it’s taken me a while to reconnect with it because I got kind of burnt out on it as a kid.

stir fried vegetables in homemade teriyaki sauce

So, in revisiting this vegetable stir fry, I can tell you that the homemade sauce has won me over. It’s somehow more natural and real than the teriyaki sauce I remember.

Homemade Teriyaki Sauce

My teriyaki sauce is made with tamari, which has a more natural flavor than the teriyaki or soy sauces you can buy. Many soy sauces contain artificial flavors and colors that end up tasting quite strange to me, so I think this sauce is both tasty and healthy.

To make teriyaki sauce, you want to start by adding some aromatics like garlic and ginger to the vegetables, then layer in savory and sweet flavors; I like the combination of tamari and coconut sugar. While I used unrefined sugars in this recipe, you can easily reduce the amount of sweetener to suit your tastes.

How to Thicken the Sauce

To thicken the sauce and get that nice sheen that we all love, you will use a slurry, which is where you combine cornstarch with a bit of water. After incorporating the slurry, the sauce will thicken just as soon as you simmer it, about 1 minute.

Watch How to Break Down a Head of Broccoli for Your Stir Fry:

stir fried vegetables in homemade teriyaki sauce

I happened to make mine vegetarian, but there’s no reason you couldn’t bulk it up with some chicken, beef, or firm tofu. In fact, I recommend it. To do this, you would crisp or caramelize the protein before adding the vegetables, because you don’t want the vegetables to get mushy.

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Easy Vegetable Teriyaki Stir Fry

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.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Japanese
Keyword: gluten free, stir-fry, teriyaki, vegetable
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 222kcal
Author: Chef Sara Furcini

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

Instructions

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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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.

Nutrition

Calories: 222kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Sodium: 901mg | Potassium: 663mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 4426IU | Vitamin C: 177mg | Calcium: 88mg | Iron: 2mg

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