Adding chia seeds to a stir fry is simple. Just remember that the chia seeds need time to soften and expand. Its best to make the sauce and add the seeds to the liquid before you start cooking your stir fry. The proportion to use is 1 tablespoon of chia seeds to half a cup of liquid. If this is too thick for your taste, just add a tablespoon or two of water.
Most stir fry sauces have some form of thickening added, such as cornflour. When using chia seeds in a stir fry sauce, there is no need to use any other thickener.
Below are two of my favourite stir fry sauces. Of course, if you like, its easy to add a tablespoon of chia seeds to any commercial stir fry sauce you can buy from the supermarket. You may have to add a little water to this as these sauces are usually quite thick and the chia seeds will thicken the sauce even more.
Lemon chia stir fry sauce
I quarter cup of lemon juice
1 quarter cup of chicken stock
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 Tablespoon of soy sauce
2 Tablespoons honey, sugar or sweetener of choice
1 Tablespoon of chia seeds, black or white
Mix all ingredients together and leave for 10 minutes or more to thicken the sauce.
This stir fry sauce is great with chicken or fish. I like to stir fry pieces of white fish with snow peas and broccoli to have with this sauce.
Basic Asian chia stir fry sauce
1 quarter cup of soy sauce
1 to 2 minced garlic cloves (depending on preference)
1 Tablespoon of while vinegar
1 Tablespoon of ketchup
1 to 2 teaspoons minced fresh ginger (depending on preference)
1 teaspoon of dark sesame oil
1 Tablespoon of chia seeds, white or black
Mix all ingredients together and leave for 10 minutes or more to allow the sauce to thicken.
This sauce is great with any meat/vegetable or vegetable only combination and gives an Asian flavour