Our 27 Best Stir-Fry Recipes to Break Your Beef and Broccoli Routine

(But we have a great version of B and B too)

Fire up the woks. We're here to make stir-frying exciting again. After all, when you need to make a quick, flavorful meal, whether that's for weeknight dinner or cooking family-style for a crowd, you can always fall back on stir-frying as a go-to technique. Sure, you can't go wrong with classics like beef and broccoli (we've got a fantastic recipe for it that uses a dark, intense sauce made with soy sauce, ginger, and rice wine), but if you want to switch things up, we've got you covered.

Traditional Chinese cuisine often feature a variety of vegetable stir-fries. Eggplant is particularly delicious, as are Asian greens like bok choy and Chinese broccoli. For something less common in the U.S., track down loofah, a slender, green gourd with tender flesh. Try it cooked with a little garlic or edamame and chicken stock. Stir-frying isn't just a Chinese technique, however: it's used throughout Indian cuisine as well, offering quick and easy vegetarian options. Bhindi masala is a north Indian okra stir-fry flavored with tomato, onion, chiles, and tons of garlic. In the southern state of Kerala you'll find a stir-fry made of papaya and coconut and spiced with cumin, turmeric, and black mustard seeds.

From Chinese classics to Filipino noodles and Korean pork belly, here are our best stir-fry recipes to try today.

Stir-Fried Beef with Broccoli
Stir-Fried Beef with Broccoli
This simple stir-fry is flavored with soy sauce, ginger, and rice wine. Get the recipe for Stir-Fried Beef with Broccoli »Farideh Sadeghin
Korean Spicy Stir-Fried Pork Belly (Jeyuk Bokkeum)
Korean Spicy Stir-Fried Pork Belly (Jeyuk Bokkeum)
Bokkeum is an umbrella term given to dishes—often made with inexpensive, strong-flavored cuts of meat—that are stir-fried over high heat. Pork belly is the most popular version, but other classics include octopus, mackerel, and dried anchovies. The sweet and spicy gochujang-laced marinade helps the meat caramelize as it cooks. Get the recipe for Korean Spicy Stir-Fried Pork Belly (Jeyuk Bokkeum) »Jason Lang
Stir-Fried Breakfast Noodles
STIR-FRIED BREAKFAST NOODLES
Any Chinese noodle—rice, wheat, flat, thin, or broad—can be used in this simple stir-fry from author Francis Lam; it's one of his favorite breakfast dishes. Get the recipe for Stir-Fried Breakfast Noodles »Matt Taylor-Gross
Bitter Melon and Tofu Stir-Fry with Pork Belly and Eggs (Goya Champuru)
Bitter Melon and Tofu Stir-Fry with Pork Belly and Eggs (Goya Champuru)
Soft tofu, scrambled eggs, and rich pork belly stand up to astringent bitter melon in this flavorful stir-fry. Get the recipe for Bitter Melon and Tofu Stir-Fry with Pork Belly and Eggs (Goya Champuru) »Justin Walker
Philippine Noodle Stir-Fry (Pancit Bihon)
Philippine Noodle Stir-Fry (Pancit Bihon)
"Eating this dish makes me feel like I'm at home. It's my mom's specialty, and I remember helping her prep this as a child. It is served at every party [my family throws] and is eaten on its own for merianda, the Filipino equivalent of British Tea Time." – Leah Cohen of Pig & Khao. Get the recipe for Philippine Noodle Stir-Fry (Pancit Bihon) »Matt Taylor-Gross
Maitake Mushrooms with Red Chiles and Cilantro
Maitake Mushrooms with Red Chiles and Cilantro
Fragrant with star anise, chiles de árbol, and cilantro, these mushrooms brown to a crisp on the outside while remaining tender inside. Get the recipe for Maitake Mushrooms with Red Chiles and Cilantro »Matt Taylor-Gross
Wok-Fried Brussels Sprouts and Bacon with Crispy Chestnuts
Fried Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Chestnuts
This spin on a popular Sichuan stir-fry—with bacon, ginger, and garlic; garnished with sliced chestnuts—swaps traditional cauliflower for Brussels sprouts. Get the recipe for Wok-Fried Brussels Sprouts and Bacon with Crispy Chestnuts »Matt Taylor-Gross
Bacon and Shrimp Fried Rice
Bacon and Shrimp Fried Rice
Bacon adds smoky dimension to this stir-fry, a quick late-night snack from chef Tadashi Ono. It's easily adapted to whatever leftovers you have in your fridge—roasted pork or chicken, egg, seafood, or just about any kind of vegetables. Get the recipe for Bacon and Shrimp Fried Rice »Andre Baranowski
Wok-Fried Shrimp with Garlic
Wok-Fried Shrimp with Garlic
Head-on shrimp, quickly stir-fried with garlic, are sweet, spicy and succulent. Serve over rice for an easy weeknight dinner. Get the recipe for Wok-Fried Shrimp with Garlic »James Fisher
Keralan-Style Stir-Fried Green Papaya (Papaya Thoran)
Keralan-Style Stir-Fried Green Papaya (Papaya Thoran)
When writer VK Sreelesh visits his in-laws' house in the south Indian state of Kerala, papaya thoran is almost always on the table. Thoran is usually a dried dish that is mixed and eaten with rice; its ingredients can range from cabbage to beans to carrots to beets. For this papaya version, minced green papaya is first steamed and then mixed with robust coconut and chile paste, and spiced with cumin seeds, garlic, and turmeric. Get the recipe for Keralan-Style Stir-Fried Green Papaya (Papaya Thoran) »James Oseland
Spicy Yuba Stir-Fry with Edamame
Spicy Yuba Stir-Fry with Edamame
Stir-frying yuba crisps its edges, intensifying its flavor and texture. Get the recipe for Spicy Yuba Stir-Fry with Edamame »Todd Coleman
Everyday Fried Noodles (Tian Tian Chao Mian)
Everyday Fried Noodles (Tian Tian Chao Mian)
The silken noodles in this northern Chinese stir-fry are a perfect foil for crunchy fresh vegetables; a little ground pork gives the dish a savory depth. Get the recipe for Everyday Fried Noodles (Tian Tian Chao Mian) »Todd Coleman
Jirou Chao Qincai (Stir-Fried Chicken with Celery)
Jirou Chao Qincai (Stir-Fried Chicken with Celery)
In this dish, a mix of egg white and cornstarch coats the chicken and, after a quick blanching in a little oil in the wok, preserves its succulence—a technique called velveting. Get the recipe for Jirou Chao Qincai (Stir-Fried Chicken with Celery) »Todd Coleman
Shanghai Stir-Fried Rice Cakes (Chao Nian Gao)
Shanghai Stir-Fried Rice Cakes (Chao Nian Gao)
Chewy rice cakes bring delightful texture to this spicy vegetarian stir-fry. Get the recipe for Shanghai Stir-Fried Rice Cakes (Chao Nian Gao) »Ingalls Photography
Cong Bao Rou Si (Stir-Fried Pork with Leeks)
Cong Bao Rou Si (Stir-Fried Pork with Leeks)
This recipe employs a "reverse" stir-fry technique, in which the vegetables are cooked before the meat. It tends to be forgiving for a novice stir-fryer, since vegetables release water as they cook and won't stick the way that meat will if the wok isn't quite hot enough. Get the recipe for Cong Bao Rou Si (Stir-Fried Pork with Leeks) »Todd Coleman
Xiachao Niugan Jun
Xiachao Niugan Jun
Duan Jan Pin, a cook in northwest Yunnan, makes this stir-fry with song rong mushrooms, but firm cremini are a fine substitute. Get the recipe for Xiachao Niugan Jun »Ariana Lindquist
Ma Yi Shang Shu (“Ants Climbing a Tree”)
Ma Yi Shang Shu (“Ants Climbing a Tree”)
The name for this Sichuanese dish means "ants climbing a tree" because of the way the ground pork clings to the strands of glass noodles. Get the recipe for Ma Yi Shang Shu ("Ants Climbing a Tree") »Ariana Lindquist
Stir-Fried Celtuce Tops with Wild Mushrooms
Stir-Fried Celtuce Tops with Wild Mushrooms
Bacon and shiitake mushrooms are cooked with hearty stem-lettuce leaves in this simple stir-fry from Lillian Chou. Get the recipe for Stir-Fried Celtuce Tops with Wild Mushrooms »Ingalls Photography
Chinese Spicy Garlic Eggplant (Yu Xiang Qie Zi)
Chinese Spicy Garlic Eggplant (Yu Xiang Qie Zi)
Steaming eggplant, as opposed to deep-frying it, lightens this fragrant stir-fry adapted from a recipe in Grace Young and Alan Richardson's The Breath of a Wok (Simon & Schuster, 2004). Get the recipe for Chinese Spicy Garlic Eggplant (Yu Xiang Qie Zi) »
North Indian Okra Stir-Fry (Bhindi Masala)
North Indian Okra Stir-Fry (Bhindi Masala)
In this quick dish, crisp-fried okra is flavored with garam masala, coriander, chiles, and onions. Get the recipe for North Indian Okra Stir-Fry (Bhindi Masala) »Ariana Lindquist
​Kung Pao Chicken
Kung Pao Chicken
Chiles, scallions, garlic, ginger, and soy sauce flavor tender chicken and peanuts in this moderately spicy dish. ​Get the recipe for Kung Pao Chicken »Helen Rosner
Stir-Fried Breakfast Noodles
Stir-Fried Breakfast Noodles
Any Chinese noodle—rice, wheat, flat, thin, or broad—can be used in this simple breakfast stir-fry from author Francis Lam. Get the recipe for Stir-Fried Breakfast Noodles »Andre Baranowski
Asian Greens with Garlic Sauce
Asian Greens with Garlic Sauce
If you can't find choy sum, whole baby bok choy makes a fine substitute in this recipes. Get the recipe for Asian Greens with Garlic Sauce »Farideh Sadeghin
Stir-Fried Mushrooms and Bok Choy (Donggu Pei Shucai)
Stir-Fried Mushrooms and Bok Choy (Donggu Pei Shucai)
Bok choy undergoes a pleasing transformation when stir-fried: the crunchy white stem develops a caramelized flavor, and the leaves wilt slightly, acquiring a mild sweetness. Get the recipe for Stir-Fried Mushrooms and Bok Choy (Donggu Pei Shucai) »Todd Coleman
Sichuan Tea-Smoked Duck
Sichuan Tea-Smoked Duck
Traditionally prepared with a whole duck, this updated stir-fry lends duck breasts a gentle, caramelized smokiness. Get the recipe for Sichuan Tea-Smoked Duck »Penny De Los Santos
Red-Cooked Eggplant (Hongshao Qiezi)
Red-Cooked Eggplant (Hongshao Qiezi)
With ingredients like dill, chiles de árbol, and anchovies, this dish is far from authentic Shanghainese, but it's totally delicious. Get the recipe for Red-Cooked Eggplant (Hongshao Qiezi) »Penny De Los Santos
Stir-fried Chicken with Cashew Nuts
Cashew Chicken Stir fry recipe, easy stir fry recipes
This easy stir-fry can be catered to your taste, or whatever is in your pantry and fridge. Get the recipe for Stir-fried Chicken with Cashew Nuts »Farideh Sadeghin