Introduction to Stir-Frying

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Lesson Overview

Stir-frying is an ancient dry-heat cooking method whereby small pieces of food are quickly cooked in a wok over extremely high heat. Stir-frying is a true art form because it forces the cook to demonstrate a number of other cooking skills in order to properly execute the stir-frying technique.

A stir-fry is the ultimate one-pan dish and literally any combination of ingredients can be used to create a stir-fry. Whether chicken, shell-fish, pork, beef or simply vegetables are used, with the stir-frying technique, you can prepare highly-flavorful meals in a matter of minutes.

In this lesson, you will learn about the importance of high heat and the many advantages of this extremely versatile cooking technique. You will learn about the basic equipment required for stir-frying and how to choose a wok or pan that works best for your heat source. You will also learn how to season a carbon-steel wok and how to care for it during its long life time.

Stir-frying is an indispensable technique in any serious cook’s repertoire but before you run, you need to learn how to walk (no pun intended). This lesson will show you the steps on how to get there, so you will be properly set up to create fast, healthy and extremely satisfying dishes on a regular basis.

Lesson Objectives

At the end of this lesson you'll be able to:

  • understand the amount of heat required for the stir-frying technique
  • list the advantages of stir-frying
  • choose a wok or cooking vessel appropriate for your heat source
  • identify the basic equipment used for stir-frying
  • season and care for a carbon steel wok in order to maintain its non-stick properties
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Introduction to Stir-Frying

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Complete Your Self Assessment

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Heat & Stir-Frying

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The Advantages of Stir-Frying

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Choosing a Wok for Stir-Frying

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Other Stir-Frying Equipment

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How to Season a Carbon Steel Wok

30 mins

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Caring for a Carbon Steel Wok

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Lesson Quiz

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Finish Line Total Time: 1 hr 12 mins

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