How to Make an Easy Vegan Stir-Fry

This vegan stir-fry is quick and easy to make at home! Just toss fresh vegetables with a homemade sauce for a flavorful weeknight meal.

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Stir-frying is a cooking technique where the ingredients are fried in a small amount of hot oil while being stirred in a wok. You can make an easy stir-fry with just about anything. Once you understand the basic formula, you can make endless variations—like this tasty vegan stir-fry!

What Vegetables Are Best for Stir-Frying?

Just about any vegetables will work in this meat-free, dairy-free vegan recipe. Popular add-ins include broccoli florets, sugar snap peas, carrots, onions, peppers, mushrooms and baby corn. You can even use a bag of frozen stir-fry vegetables.

How to Make Vegan Stir-Fry

Ingredients

  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh gingerroot
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 4 cups fresh broccoli florets
  • 2 cups fresh sugar snap peas
  • 1-1/2 cups julienned carrots
  • 1 cup julienned onions
  • 2 cups julienned sweet red pepper
  • 2 cups sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1 cup canned whole baby corn
  • 3 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • Hot cooked rice, optional

Editor’s Tip: Cut all the veggies in a similar size to ensure even cooking.

Tools

  • Porcelain bowls: Wide, shallow bowls are great for stir-fry dishes. You can spread everything out and allow all the flavors to come together.
  • Non-stick frying pan: If you don’t have a wok, a large, deep pan like this will work just as well.
  • Mixing bowl: A sturdy and durable mixing bowl is a must in any kitchen! We love this handcrafted mixing bowl.

Directions

Step 1: Make the stir-fry sauce

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In a small bowl, combine the first seven ingredients until smooth; set aside.

Step 2: Cook the vegetables

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In a large skillet or wok, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium-high heat. To stir-fry like a restaurant chef, add the vegetables in batches.

If you’re looking for an easy vegan recipe, you’re in the right place. First, add the broccoli, peas, carrots and onion. Stir-fry for five minutes. Then add the mushrooms, sweet red pepper, corn and remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil; cook until vegetables are crisp-tender, about four to five minutes longer.

Step 3: Add the sauce

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Stir cornstarch mixture and add to pan. Bring to a boil; cook and stir until sauce is thickened, one to two minutes.

Step 4: Serve and enjoy

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Top with green onions and sesame seeds. If desired, serve with perfectly cooked rice.

What to Serve with Vegan Stir-Fry

Serve any stir-fry recipe with a side of rice or tossed with noodles, like our Test Kitchen-approved ramen stir-fry!

Tips for Making Vegan Stir-Fry

Add tofu or another plant-based protein

Toss in tofu or another vegan-friendly protein to bulk up the meal, like in this tofu stir-fry with Brussels sprouts or our light and bright asparagus tofu stir-Fry.

Make this vegan stir-fry recipe gluten-free

Looking for a gluten-free stir-fry recipe? Replace the soy sauce with tamari, liquid aminos or coconut aminos. As with any gluten-free recipe, check the labels to be sure you’re buying GF products.

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Jenna Urben
Jenna is a recipe developer, food writer and content creator based in Texas. She is Taste of Home’s go-to writer for allergy-friendly and vegan recipes that don’t sacrifice flavor or texture, such as coconut cream, vegan chicken nuggets and kale pesto. As someone with food intolerances herself, Jenna knows first-hand the challenges of cooking in a dairy- and egg-free kitchen. Her food blog, The Urben Life, features hundreds of allergy-friendly recipes that the whole family can enjoy and has been spotlighted by Parade, TODAY Food and Stylecaster.