Stir-frying refers to a cooking technique where ingredients are cooked in hot oil in an uncovered pot or pan over high heat for just about one minute. Stir-frying is the quickest way to cook because it cooks food quickly and brings out flavors, textures, and aromas.
Benefits of stir-frying
1. Easy and quick
Stir-frying is fast because everything cooks quickly. The food cooks in its juices, which makes the whole process tender, and less fat is required to cook. Stir-frying also does not consume too many pots and pans which gives it a leg up when cooking for limited resources as well as for parties. It takes no time to prepare because all ingredients are cut into small pieces that are easy to stir into the pan.
2. Health conscious
Stir-frying produces less fat than other cooking methods. The method cooks food quickly at a high temperature, so there is less time for the oil to absorb and leave the excess fat. Stir-frying generally uses low levels of fat when compared to pan-frying or deep frying. It also produces deep brown color because of the heat transfer and prevents food from browning too quickly.
3. Gives food a great flavor
When stir-frying, food absorbs the flavors of the ingredients used which gives food a better taste and more nutrients compared to other methods. Stir-frying also creates more flavors because the ingredient is heated in its juices and oil. This makes the ingredients blend well with each other and improves the flavor of meat, vegetable, and fish.
4. Mouth-watering aroma
Food is prepared in small batches, so the smell is not too overpowering. The process of stir-frying also heats the ingredients quickly and therefore does not leave food to sit for long before it is served. This makes the aroma smell fresh and appetizing. If there are leftovers, they can be stored easily in the fridge or freezer and reheated later.
Stir-frying is a must-have when catering or baking. It produces fast food and takes little time to prepare. All ingredients are already cut into small pieces so it is very easy to stir-fry.