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  • Writer's pictureJazzmyne Buckels

Anything Goes Quick Stir-Fry

Ever have that moment when you get home and realize you have a hungry family, it's getting late and you have no idea what you are going to cook? Oh the panic! Do I order take-out, how am I going to get dinner done with only an hour before the bedtime routine starts?

If you are a busy mom like me, this scenario happens more than we'd like to admit. This quick stir-fry recipe is a resultant of one of those nights. It's named anything goes because literally, anything goes. You can swap out the protein and veggies you have on hand because it's really about the sauce and the quick cooking method. For this version I used shrimp and green beans, but you can change it up to anything your family likes.

What this recipe lacks in complexity, it makes up for in flavor and nutrition! It's robust enough to hold up against any protein or veggies you have on hand. Best part is - aside from the protein and veggies, you only need 6 ingredients from your pantry to make it happen! So if you are looking for a quick weeknight dinner with minimal time, minimal ingredients and minimal clean-up, this is your ticket. One skillet and a few basic ingredients plus your choice of vegetables and protein, and voila! Dinner is served!


Include everything your reader needs to make this recipe perfectly, with measurements, optional additions, or alternatives. For example:

  • 3 Tablespoons Sesame oil

  • 1 Tablespoon Olive oil

  • 1 ½ lbs Large Shrimp (or cubed chicken, steak or pork)

  • 3 cups Whole Green Beans, raw trimmed

  • ½ Red onion, chopped

  • 2 Tablespoons Minced Garlic

  • 2 Teaspoons Red Pepper Flake

  • ½ Tablespoon Kosher Salt

  • ½ Tablespoon Garlic Pepper

Stir Fry Sauce

  • ¼ cup Teriyaki Sauce

  • 1 tablespoon Cornstarch

  • ¼ Chicken Stock

No Teriyaki sauce? No problem! Switch it out for an equal amount of hoisin sauce, oyster sauce or make homemade by combining 2 tablespoon soy sauce + ¼ c water + ¼ c honey.


  1. In a small bowl, whisk together teriyaki sauce, cornstarch and chicken stock. Set aside.

  2. Season the shrimp with red pepper, salt and half the garlic pepper.

  3. Add sesame oil and olive oil to a large skillet or wok and heat over medium high.

  4. Add red onions and green beans, season with salt and remaining garlic pepper. Cook for 3-5 minutes until green beans begin to turn bright green. Add minced garlic and stir fry for 1 minute more.

  5. Add shrimp and stir fry and until they begin to curl and turn pink - approximately 3 minutes.

  6. Whisk stir fry sauce and pour over shrimp and vegetables and stir gently to combine.

  7. Bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally, and let cook for 1-2 minutes more.

  8. Serve with rice and/or chow mein if desired.


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