Anything You Want Asian Stir-fry (Gluten Free)

Now you might think that all asian food is gluten free as you usually have it with rice but alas that’s not the case.  One of the main culprits is the soya sauce.  You have to look for a certified gluten free one.  I tend to use the Clearspring Tamari Soya sauce but I’m sure there are others.

I wish I had an interesting intro as to where this recipe came from but I’m afraid I don’t.  I read a few and decided there were too many ingredients or too many steps and made my own version up (sheer laziness I’m afraid!).

I’ve called it Anything You Want Asian Stir-fry (Gluten Free) because you can use fish, chicken, beef, pork, duck, prawns, tofu or whatever you like in it and it’s gluten free!  It’s so quick and easy.

Last week I used cod cheeks (really cheap and similar to monkfish in terms of texture) and this week it’s chicken.


Don't forget the green bits!
Don’t forget the green bits!

What you need (serves 4):

  • 2 inch piece of fresh ginger, no need to peel
  • 2 inch piece of lemongrass, very finely chopped (white end only)
  • 2 cloves of garlic finely chopped
  • Lots of fresh coriander, chopped (including the stems)
  • 1 chilli / dried chilli flakes – or more or less depending on how spicy you like things!

OR….I’ve discovered something wonderful sold by Waitrose called ‘Cooks Ingredients Thai Mix’ – it’s all of the above, finely chopped and lives in the freezer!  Honestly – it saves so much time.  Am I allowed to mention this sort of thing in a recipe??

  • 4 Shallots finely chopped (or more if you love them)
  • 2 tbsp Toasted sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp Tamari soya sauce (I use Clearspring as it’s Gluten Free)
  • 1.5 tbsp Plain rice vinegar
  • 1.5 tbsp Olive oil
  • 4 Pak Choi or any other veg – grated carrot, broccoli, beansprouts, water chestnuts, peppers etc etc
  • 4 Spring onions – finely chopped including the green bits
  • Enough meat (diced), fish or tofu to fill you all up!
Lovin' the greens - Pak Choi
Lovin’ the greens – Pak Choi

What you do:

  • Frizzle the shallots, ginger, lemongrass, garlic & chilli (or the Thai Mix plus the shallots) in the sesame oil for 1-2 minutes to release the flavours.
  • Add the meat / fish / tofu and frizzle until you guess you need another 5 minutes for it to cook through (depending on what you use, this could be very quick or slightly longer!
  • Mix together the rice wine vinegar, the tamari and the olive oil – add the mix to your stir fry.
  • Add the pak choi, cover and allow to simmer undisturbed for 4 minutes until crisp and tender.
  • Stir in the spring onions and take of the heat
  • Serve with rice


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  • al ferguson
    March 12, 2015 AT 9:04 AM

    Its 9 am and Im already hungry now. Thanks for linking up #bigfatlinky

    • International Elf Service
      March 12, 2015 AT 10:22 AM

      Ooh a new breakfast idea. Thank you for commenting #bigfatlinky

  • Joy
    March 10, 2015 AT 12:38 PM

    Your anything you want stir fry looks appetising!

    • International Elf Service
      March 10, 2015 AT 12:40 PM

      Hi Joy – it is and QUICK!!! Thank you for your lovely comment x

  • Richard
    March 9, 2015 AT 3:19 PM

    I love the inclusion of the Waitrose ‘Cooks Ingredients Thai Mix it really fits in with my #TimeSavingTuesdays theme, great post! I found you on #BrilliantBlogPosts

    • International Elf Service
      March 9, 2015 AT 8:42 PM

      What a great idea for a linky! I’ll pop over for a browse. Thanks for commenting x

  • martyn
    March 7, 2015 AT 10:48 AM

    As I say every time that you do a cooking post that I love it loads!! And another good one!! Will be taking note once again if this. I love that it’s gluten free too! Thanks for linking up with us on the #bigfatlinky

  • Emma
    March 6, 2015 AT 9:13 PM

    Ha ha, I was thinking the same about the ‘Anything you want ‘ series – hope to see it soon! Always great to have a simple recipe you can throw things into. #freefromfridays

    • International Elf Service
      March 6, 2015 AT 9:57 PM

      Every day bucket cooking!

  • Uju
    March 6, 2015 AT 1:36 PM

    Yummy, love a stir fry too 🙂 You should start an Anything You Want series, so many options! x

    • International Elf Service
      March 6, 2015 AT 4:18 PM

      I agree! x

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