Definition of stir-fry in US English:



[with object]
  • Fry (meat, fish, or vegetables) rapidly over a high heat while stirring briskly.

    • ‘Born in 1950 in Tucson, Arizona, he found American food inedible compared with his mother's cooking so she sent him to school with a flask of hot rice and stir-fried vegetables.’
    • ‘I cooked the chicken, put it aside and stir-fried the vegetables.’
    • ‘I cooked stir-fried vegetables with noodles (I'm told that's chow mein) and beef in a black bean sauce.’
    • ‘Green beans or stir-fried courgettes would be perfect to accompany.’
    • ‘Vegetables should only be stir-fried or steamed until they are still crisp and bright-colored.’
    • ‘There was a nice waxy potato and onion gratin, stir-fried savoy cabbage, sweet roast carrots, quite acceptable courgette and mangetout.’
    • ‘The first impression was the sesame seed flavour and hints of ginger that came through in the beautiful sauce in which the BBQ vegetables were stir-fried.’
    • ‘Also try the drizzle with fresh raw oysters, steamed or pan-fried fish or tossed through quickly stir-fried vegetables, or chunks of hot, roasted pumpkin and kumara or root vegetables.’
    • ‘Share it with someone who gets stir-fried vegetables.’
    • ‘We were having stir-fried vegetables and steak, along with a bowl of sweet rice with a few plentiful drops of soy.’
    • ‘Meats and vegetables sautéed or stir-fried in a small amount of oil, broth or water are usually lower in fat.’
    • ‘Fish featured strongly on the specials menu and the halibut was superb - a solid steak of meaty white fish, served with crisp stir-fried vegetables.’
    • ‘Lettuce is known in Cantonese as sung choi, which literally means raw vegetable, and is more likely to be braised, stir-fried or added to clear soups, as it is in France.’
    • ‘I wanted to take them home and make them mint tea and feed them stir-fried tofu and vegetables.’
    • ‘Michael's dish turned out to be stir-fried vegetables with tiger prawns on rice, topped with oyster sauce.’
    • ‘Dinner might be stir-fried vegetables with tofu, fruit and almonds.’
    • ‘This is a real treat served with crunchy stir-fried vegetables.’
    • ‘Heat a quarter of the butter in a frying pan or wok and stir-fry the pancetta until crispy, for about 3 minutes.’
    • ‘For example, Konbu-irichii is a regional dish in which shredded kelp and pork are stir-fried.’
    • ‘Vegetarians can try stir-fried golden mushrooms with gingko.’


  • A stir-fried dish.

    • ‘There is also a dedicated Thai menu including all the popular items in soups, salads, curries, stir-fries and rice and noodle dishes.’
    • ‘Full-flavoured spring salads, soups and stir-fries, featuring peppery watercress and pungent spinach, or spring greens garnished with wild garlic, need a notch up in wine flavour, especially if you are going to add a zesty sauce.’
    • ‘This includes salads, curries, stir-fries, soups, omelettes and one page of ‘fast food’ items at B.35-50 with noodle and rice dishes.’
    • ‘When I'm done, I have bite-sized bell peppers, carrots and cherry tomatoes for snacks, and veggies ready for pasta primavera, stir-fries, burritos and fajita dinners.’
    • ‘Toss cooked Brussels sprouts into salads and stir-fries, or use them for crudités.’
    • ‘Enliven dark, wet January nights by dishing up a spicy stir-fry washed down with this wonderful, grapey, citrussy Aussie white whose juicy fruit is heavy on lime and lemon zest.’
    • ‘In fact, Hawaii's firm tofu tends to be really firm, so much so I'd only use it in stir-fries or curries.’
    • ‘It's a useful contributor to stir-fries, soups and pasta dishes.’
    • ‘Noodle dishes, appetizers, curries, stir-fries, the lime-spiked salads or ‘yums’ - I've had good luck with all of them.’
    • ‘Instead, incorporate small meat chunks into other dishes, such as stir-fries and salads.’
    • ‘Part of the Sheraton Grand Hotel, with great views of the castle, there's a buffet at lunchtime, with plenty of good salads and dips or the chef will cook a stir-fry to order.’
    • ‘When eating in a Thai restaurant, try for a balance of salad, soup, stir-fry, noodles, curry, etc, in addition to the major player, the steamed fragrant rice piled high on your plate.’
    • ‘The meals were tastier than I'd anticipated: fresh fruit, vegetables, bagels and sandwiches for breakfast and lunch; burritos, stews, stir-fries and spaghetti for dinner.’
    • ‘Try adding ginger to stir-fries or chicken dishes, or brew a pot of ginger tea.’
    • ‘The choice was considerable: salads, soups and stir-fries alongside curries and seafood dishes.’
    • ‘Thai and Vietnamese cooks use lemon grass in marinades, stir-fries, curries, and soups.’
    • ‘The stalklike leaves of bok choy are often cooked in stir-fry dishes or soups.’
    • ‘Use this technique before marinating and grilling tofu, or before adding the tofu to stir-fries, stews, casseroles and salads.’
    • ‘Another good trick is to shred the iceberg lettuce finely and toss into a stir-fry, a noodle dish or soup at the very last minute before serving, for a lovely ‘soft’ crunch.’
    • ‘Tony was also given a few easy and quick recipes, such as a healthy stir-fry and a home-made salad dressing.’



/ˈstər ˌfrī//ˈstər ˌfraɪ/