Easy Stir-Fry 2: Garlic, Ginger and Chilli

On 29 october, I shared a method for cooking up a satisfying stir fry without a jar of sauce or a complex recipe.   Here is another way to do it, using the ‘holy trinity’ of spices, as Sian calls them in her comment.


Cauliflower and salmon may not be a common stir fry combination, but it was pretty yummy!  I often use tinned fish in stir fries, as it’s a wonderfully cheap, healthy and convenient ingredient.

Seasoning Tips

  • Soy sauce, sesame oil and Thai fish sauce aren’t cheap, but they can flavour tonnes of dishes, and they last for a long time.
  • Fresh spices can be stored in the fridge, however, they can also be chopped and frozen until needed.  They defrost very quickly in hot water.


Easy Stir-Fry 2: Garlic, Ginger and Chilli
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  • 2 shallots
  • 1 carrot
  • 3/4 of a cauliflower
  • 1 pepper
  • 2 cans of salmon
  • 1 chilli
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 slice of ginger
  • cooking oil
  • Thai fish sauce- you can use soy sauce or sesame oil instead if you prefer


  1. Chop the pepper, cauliflower and shallots and cut the carrot into thin strips.  Open the cans of salmon.
  2. I Chopped the chilli, ginger and garlic, but you can grate the ginger or crush the garlic.  If you're new to fresh spices, just use a little of each, and see what it's like.
  3. Now heat a little oil in a large frying pan or wok.  When it's hot,  add the spices and stir them until they are smelling aromatic.
  4. Now add the vegetables, hardest first.  As they start to soften, add another vegetable.  Add more oil, or a little water, if it starts to get dry.
  5. When all of the vegetables are smelling good and starting to cook, stir in the salmon and a little water if necessary.
  6. Now stir in your condiment of choice.  I opted for Thai fish sauce, as it is a fish stir fry.  You may also wish to add some more water so there's enough to form a nice sauce.  Turn the heat down, and cover with a lid or baking tray.
  7. Now you can cook rice or noodles to serve it with.
  8. A stir fry isn't called so for nothing!  Make sure you keep an eye on it.

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