A flavorful mushroom stir fry is served over warm noodles with your favorite vegetables for a filling bowl that can be made in minutes.
By Gin Butters
Mushroom stir fry, quick, easy, and packed with low calorie nutrition and flavor!
What makes a mushroom stir fry so great is, well, mushrooms. They’re low (practically no) calorie, a great source of antioxidants and minerals, easy to cook and have a uniquely meaty and absolutely delicious flavor. And they go with everything. Whatever veggies you like or have on hand, mushrooms are sure to compliment them beautifully.
The thing with mushroom stir fry, or any stir fry for that matter, is keeping an eye on the sodium. Most stir fry recipes rely on boatloads of soy sauce for flavor, and that’s sodium city. Sad, but true.
Over the years I’ve been tinkering with homemade stir fry sauces, trying to bring the sodium down and keep the flavor delicious and intense. This one I’ve come up with for my mushroom stir frys…I’m loving it! I’ve got the soy sauce down to three tablespoons – still a lot of sodium, but way less than most stir fry sauces! – and I make up the flavor with lots of ginger and garlic, plus a little rice vinegar, sweetener and a touch of red wine. The red wine works magic with the mushrooms and brings out their very best flavor. Red wine in stir fry sauce is an old trick I picked up from my dad, and wow could that man whip up some mean Chinese.
One of my favorite things about this mushroom stir fry is it makes a lot! This time I served it with brown rice noodles (my new favorite noodle!) but you can serve it with anything you like, or keep the calories and carbs super low and dish it up on its own.
- 3 Tbs soy sauce or tamari
- 2 Tbs red wine
- 1 tsp rice wine vinegar
- 1 tsp maple syrup, agave or your favorite sweetener
- 2 tsp corn starch
- 2 Tbs sesame oil
- pinch red pepper flakes
- 1 large red, orange or yellow bell pepper, sliced
- 1 small green pepper, sliced
- 1 stalk celery, sliced
- 6 green onions, chopped (set aside tops for garnish)
- 16 oz. mushrooms, sliced
- a 1" cube ginger, minced
- 4-5 cloves garlic, minced
- Whisk the sauce ingredients together in a small bowl and set aside.
- Put a wok or large saute pan over medium heat and add the oil and red pepper flakes. When the pepper flakes begin to sizzle, add the peppers and celery and stir fry 1 minute. Add the onions and stir fry 1 minute. Add the mushrooms, ginger and garlic and stir fry 2 minutes.
- Re-stir the sauce to make sure the cornstarch is dissolved and add it to the pan. Stir fry a minute or two. Top with chopped green onion tops and serve alone, or with rice or noodles.
Gin's a crazy food romantic who's head over heels for big flavors and fresh, healthy ingredients. She's extra-inspired by Indian, Mexican and Indonesian cooking, and will put peanut butter on just about anything.