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  1. (of food) prepared by cooking quickly in a small amount of oil over high heat: stir-fried shrimp and snow peas.

Origin of stir-fried

First recorded in 1955–60


verb (used with object), stir-fried, stir-fry·ing.
  1. to cook (food) quickly by cutting into small pieces and stirring constantly in a lightly oiled wok or frying pan over high heat: a common method of Chinese cookery.
  1. a dish of stir-fried meat, vegetables, etc.
  1. stir-fried.

Origin of stir-fry

First recorded in 1955–60
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British Dictionary definitions for stir-fried


verb -fries, -frying or -fried
  1. to cook (small pieces of meat, vegetables, etc) rapidly by stirring them in a wok or frying pan over a high heat: used esp for Chinese food
noun plural -fries
  1. a dish cooked in this way
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