Vegetable Stir Fry with Coconut-Tahini Sauce

Vegetable stir fry is your gateway to an awesome life. Drizzle coconut-tahini sauce on top!

Vegetable Stir Fry with Coconut Tahini Sauce |

Stir fry has been one of my favorite meals since the days of OshKosh B’gosh. I have a picture of myself wearing OshKosh overalls eating stir fry when I was four. This is an un-truth. Don’t believe it. The point is, stir fry is one of my go-est to-est meals, and it simply never gets old. It’s timeless. Like OshKosh.

In the realm of no-brainers, stir fry…has…no…brain? Hmm…What I mean to say is, stir fry is a no-brainer. It’s easy, you can throw a huge array of vegetables into it, and it can be made in less than an hour. Plus, you can play around with sauces, which is a blast and a half. Which brings me to my next point. Oh. My. Gawwwwwl! The tahini coconut sauce I made for this stir fry was off the chaaaaaaaaaaain-saw! I wanted to date myself after I made it.

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Ego check on aisle three please…ego check on aisle three.

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I had never made any sort of coconut-y sauce for stir fry before (probably because I would dub a coconut-y stir fry as curry…), nor had I used tahini for stir fry. Out of a stroke of what-should-I-put-on-this-stir-fry, I combined coconut milk, tahini, and liquid aminos, and humditty dum, it. just. worked. I may have drank it. I did drink it. I drank all the sauce.

I know what you’re thinking. Coconut milk? On top of stir fry? I was skeptical, myself, on that decision. But I ended up loving it, and now I do the coconut-tahini drizzle (chug) like nnnnnnnnnnnnewwwwwboddy’s biznatch!

Are you new to stir frying? Have I got tips for you!

  1. DO choose hearty vegetables, like cauliflower, broccoli, green beans, potatoes, onion, and peppers, turnips, parsnips, carrots, etc.
  2. DO use a high-temperature cooking oil such as sesame, grapeseed, or coconut oil.
  3. DO stir fry all the veggies individually OR sauté them together (for this recipe, I chose the sauté-‘em-all-together approach). Which works best for you? Sometimes it’s a solo veggie day, sometimes it’s a communal veggie day.
  4. DO use liquid aminos in place of soy sauce. Soy isn’t that stellar of a thing for your holy temple. If you can replace it with liquid aminos, do so. Liquid aminos is still derived from soy, but it contains 16 essential amino acids and is a higher-quality product. I used coconut liquid aminos in order to dodge the soy altogether.
  5. DO use fresh ginger! Peeling and grating fresh ginger and adding it to your stir fry is both deeeelicious and nutritious.
  6. DO use fish sauce! If you’re unsure or weirded out by fish sauce, don’t be. It adds to the flavor in a wonderful way. Just be careful with how much you use, because it’s salty.
  7. DO add meat! I love meat-infested vegetable stir frys. That may have come out wrong. Anyway. If you’re a meat eater, add chicken, beef, pork, or shrimp to this tasty meal.
  8. DO make your own sauce! You can use an array of flavorful ingredients, such as ginger, lemongrass, chilies, garlic, fish sauce, liquid aminos, ground cumin, etc. in order to whip up all sorts of flavors. We’re going for a sauce that is salty/spicy/tangy/sweet and any combination thereof.
  9. DON’T use store-bought sugar/high fructose corn syrup-ridden sauces (like teriyaki sauce). Yes they taste great. No they’re not good for you. Yes, you can make sauce on your own.
  10. DON’T over-cook your vegetables. A good stir fry should includes vegetables that are cooked just right. You want them crispy, not mushy. Be ever-present while you’re stir frying so as not to turn your veggies to mush.
  11. DO serve over rice, noodles, or quinoa. YUM!

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Vegetable Stir Fry with Coconut Tahini Sauce |

Vegetable Stir Fry with Coconut-Tahini Sauce

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Author: Julia


For the Tahini Coconut Sauce

For the Vegetable Stir Fry:

  • 3 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 1 red onion chopped
  • 1 head cauliflower chopped into florets
  • 1 red bell pepper chopped
  • 4 cups green beans trimmed and chopped
  • 2 yellow squash chopped
  • 10 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/3 cup liquid aminos*
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt or to taste


To prepare the coconut tahini sauce:

  1. Add all ingredients for the sauce to a blender and blend until smooth. Place sauce in the refrigerator until you’re ready to use it so that it can thicken back up.

To prepare the stir fry:

  1. In a large wok, heat the sesame oil to medium-high.
  2. Add the red onion to the hot pan and sauté 2 minutes, stirring frequently.
  3. Add the cauliflower and continue stirring and sautéing until cauliflower begins to show some color, about 4 minutes.
  4. Add the green beans, red bell pepper, garlic, liquid aminos, and salt and continue to sauté, stirring frequently, until all vegetables are cooked to desired level of doneness. In order to speed up the process, decrease the heat slightly, cover the wok and allow the vegetables to steam for a few minutes.
  5. Serve with desired amount of tahini coconut sauce and cooked wild rice (or brown rice)

Recipe Notes

As an alternative to the instructions above, you can sauté each vegetable individually, pouring the vegetable into a serving bowl as it finishes cooking. This may speed up the process slightly and will ensure each vegetable is cooked to your preferred level of doneness

* You can replace the liquid aminos with low-sodium soy sauce.

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  1. Julie

    Oh, my gosh, I love you. You are as bizarre as we are. I’m not sure that’s a compliment. Actually, I’m pretty sure it isn’t, but hey–we think we’re great (it’s the aisle 3 check here). Ha ha. Anyway,I have a jar of Tahini sauce (what the heck is it called? Just tahini?) in the pantry that I need to use up. I never thought to put it on my stir fry with the coconut milk. I need to learn to be bold and just start experimenting and hope that Papa Swope eats what I fix. The man was a beagle in another life. Enjoy your Wednesday. Off to sell fabric to little old ladies like myself.

    1. Julia Post author

      My ego (Which is rarely in check) says our bizarre nature is totally a good thing. 😉 Tahini, tahini! I used to not know what to do with it either…once upon a time, I threw away an old jar of tahini <- - - worst story ever!! I use it in salad dressings most frequently...I mix it with lemon juice or fresh orange juice and zest, and WHAMO! Amazing salad dressing! I also now eat it by the spoonful, oddly enough! Point is, I've come to realize tahini is amazing in a variety of sauces/dressings. Andrea from Dishing up the Dirt has a TON of awesome tahini-related recipes. HAPPY THURSDAY! Hope the weather is warming up for you peeps out there...we're FINALLY getting snow here!!

      1. Julie

        Warming up, just in time to snow AGAIN for the weekend. So sad. 🙁 Got my book in the mail yesterday!! New reading material. It’s like being in Chemistry class again! Enjoy your weekend. Hope you get enough snow to ski, or whatever you do and be sure and keep it. All it does here is make it hard to drive to work. #hurryupspring

        1. Julia Post author

          Oh man, you guys need a break from winter…hurry up spring is right! I’M SO GLAD YOU GOT THE BOOOOOK! Can’t wait to hear what you think. It’s certainly not as intimidating as you’d think…but then again, my chemistry teacher in high school was ULTRA intimidating, so I guess it’s all relative 😉 xoxo

  2. Lucie

    Your post is so funny, love your sense of humour 😀 And the stir-fry looks really delicious. I love stir-fries and make them very often on weeknights. Yesterday I made green one (broccolli, leek, mushrooms and tofu with seaweed) with homemade peanut sauce and it was delicious, too, I highly recommend to try.

  3. Abby

    you had me at 10 cloves of garlic. haha I LOVE IT! That sauce sounds freaking amazing, coconut and tahini??? They need to always be together now.

    1. Julia Post author

      Bahaha! You can never have too much garlic, I always say! Although I did have to do the ego-check-on-aisle-3 thing when typing the garlic portion of the recipe…I almost hid my head in shame…but then I didn’t.

    1. Julia Post author

      Oh nooooo!! I wish you a speedy recovery! In the meantime, take it easy and let other folk (like the man stallion) cater to your needs 😉

    1. Julia Post author

      You said it! This is definitely what I make when I’m in hunger meltdown at the end of the day. Thanks, Tess, I’m so glad you found it helpful!

  4. Stephie @ EYHO

    Coconutting the world up! Holla! I’d make this for myself on a night Alex is working late – he’s anti-coconut, so it’s a miracle I’m not anti-him. Kidding, kidding. Mostly.

    1. Julia Post author

      Yup, stir fry is my lazy-man…err…lazy-Julia meal. Takes very little planning and prep for a super satisfying meal! Lets coconut sauce the crap out of some stir fry!

  5. Kari@Loaves n Dishes

    Sometimes ya just make something that is mind blowingly good and ya have to pat yourself on the back! Now that I see it coconut and tahini makes perfectly delicious sense…I’m gonna be drowning my veggies in this sauce!

  6. Taylor @ FoodFaithFitness

    That coconut tahini sauce is GENIUS girl! I love me some stir fries. We probably ate it together in our OshKosh B’gosh. Also, another un truth. Whatever.
    This stir fry. My facial hole needs it. Like for breakfast, cause its 7 am right now. Is that weird?
    I don’t care. I want all the stir fry. And all the sauce. Maybe it will be good in oatmeal.
    Doin’ it.

  7. Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli

    Girl, you slay me! I am UBER behind in your posts so I’m pulling up to the RR and camping out for a little while…hope you don’t mind. Though I may get a bit hungry…and I’m thinking it wouldn’t take much convincing to get me to take a straw to that coconut tahini! Mmm! Good to know about the fish sauce…a coworker and I were talking just the other day about what it was and if it was essential to Asian dishes. I’ll have to show her this!

    Omg, OshKosh B’gosh!! Those overalls were the shiznit weren’t they? I think I had like 5! Lol


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