Spicy Vegetable Stir Fry Recipe with Sambal

vegetable stir fry recipe with sambal

This 15-minute vegetable stir fry recipe is everything you need in life! Loads of vegetables pair up perfectly with this spicy and savory Sambal chili sauce. This one-pan recipe has become my new go-to dinner!

vegetable stir fry in bowl

A Vegan that Hates Vegetables!?

I was 16 when I started boycotting unethical treatment of animals by refusing to eat meat. Still living at home, my mom scoffed that I “can’t be a vegetarian and hate vegetables!”. Years later, I had thought my “junk-food-vegan” diet proved her wrong!

Undoubtedly, being a fast/junk-food vegan is an amazing step in the right direction. Not only will the animals thank you, but your body will be overjoyed with the lack of cancer-causing animal proteins.

Unfortunately, I noticed that I didn’t feel as amazing as I should. Almost as if something was holding me back!

ingredients for vegetable stir fry recipe

I learned a diet consisting of potato chips, french fries, and Oreo’s isn’t going to get you far. Mom was right!

In fact, junk-food-vegans may actually be harming the vegan movement by promoting an absurdly unbalanced diet as something “healthy”!

Don’t get me wrong, I love to indulge! What I’m saying is people need to be aware that vegan food/restaurants are not magically “good-for-you”. It’s ice cream, burgers, and fries!

Vegan is not a synonym for healthy!

On the other hand, it isn’t fair that meat-eaters get a free pass when it comes to nutrition. When something happens they represent themselves, instead of the entire population of omnivores. Must be nice!

No one questions diet when an omnivore is incapacitated by diseases caused by eating meat (diabetes, cancer, alzheimers, etc.). They always seem to have the “genetics” excuse. As soon as one vegan gets hospitalized, it’s front-page news.

cut veggies for vegetable stir fry recipe with sambal

When a Junk-Food-Vegan Grows Up

Being young and poor, working late hours, and just not giving a shit all contributed to my junk food addiction. Furthermore, fast food was a frequent addition to my already sad diet. I still felt better than when I ate meat, but I knew I could do more.

After some serious talks with myself (definitely not crying into an empty pint of vegan ice cream…), I decided enough was enough. As I discussed in my About page, this was when I started cooking at home more often and exercising on a regular basis.

I didn’t know if I could feel any better than I already did, but it’s true! All that junk/fast food was slowing me down (at barely 18 at the time!).

steaming vegetables

Vegetables in Everything!

Now I can’t seem to get enough vegetables! Copious amounts are eaten at every meal, plus a huge handful of leafy greens in every smoothie! Once I saw the food possibilities before me, I was amazed! A vegan diet is not restrictive, it’s mind (and taste bud) opening!

The trick I’ve found to stick with mindful eating is to find quick recipes you can throw together in a bind. These recipes alter depending on my mood, but I stick with a consistent few!

This vegetable stir fry recipe with Sambal has become the latest addition to my repertoire! Recently I’ve gone on a spree with the spicy chili paste, Sambal is great on everything! I combined it with Liquid Aminos for a spicy, light soy-sauce taste. It goes fantastically on a vegetable stir fry recipe! The veggies may seem a little soupy in the sauce, but it will flavor the plain rice perfectly!

overhead vegetable stir fry recipe with sambal

Serves 2 Large Bowls

Spicy Vegetable Stir Fry Recipe with Sambal

This 15-minute vegetable stir fry recipe is everything you need in life! Loads of vegetables pair up perfectly with this spicy and savory Sambal chili sauce. This one-pan recipe has become my new go-to dinner!

25 minPrep Time

10 minCook Time

35 minTotal Time

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  • 1 cup brown rice + 2 cups water
  • 2 large carrots peeled
  • 2 heads broccoli
  • 1/4 red cabbage
  • 2 large zucchini
  • 2-3 cloves garlic
  • Olive oil for pan
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 1/4 cup liquid aminos +1-2 tablespoons as needed
  • 2-3 tablespoons sambal chili paste depending on heat preference
  • 1 block baked tofu cubed


  1. Start the rice according to package or rice maker
  2. Wash, peel, dice, and chop the veggies as needed. The smaller the cut, the faster it will cook!
  3. Preheat a large pan to medium-high heat with 1-2 Tbsp of oil
  4. Add the veggies and cook for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally
  5. At this point, add the salt, liquid aminos, sambal, and tofu to the pan
  6. Cook until veggies are soft, 3-5 more minutes
  7. Pour over cooked rice and enjoy!
Cuisine: Asian | Recipe Type: Stir Fry
108 cal
2 g
18 g
8 g

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