Sticky Chinese Five Spice Vegetable Stir Fry

A super simple and incredibly tasty stir fry. Using maple syrup makes the sauce gloriously sumptuous and sticky.

When to eat

I recommend eating this dish from July to September.


Serves 4
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

This meal is around 87% less polluting than the average UK meal.

  • Eating this recipe will save around 2.58 KG CO2e per person.
  • That’s equivalent to the emissions produced driving 21.35 KM in a modern car.
How do I calculate this?


  • 300 g Sugar Snap Peas
  • 2 Large Carrot
  • 2 Medium Red Pepper
  • 2 Large Spring Onion
  • 300 g Long Grained Rice
  • 2 Tablespoon Sunflower Oil
  • 2 Tablespoon Sesame Seeds

Five Spice Sauce

  • 75 g Ginger
  • 2 Tablespoon Soya Sauce
  • 2 Tablespoon Maple Syrup
  • 2 Teaspoon Chinese Five Spice


  • First cook the rice. Place the rice in a deep saucepan, cover with water and bring to the boil. Reduce to a simmer, cover and cook for 15 – 20 minutes until the rice is soft. Drain and fluff the rice with a fork. Leave to rest in the saucepan until needed.
  • Whilst the rice is cooking make the five spice sauce. Peel and grate the ginger into a small bowl. Then combine with the rest of the sauce ingredients and a pinch of salt. Mix well.
  • When the rice has about 10 minutes left fry the vegetables. Halve the peppers, removing the stem and seeds. Then slice lengthways into thin strips. Halve and chop the carrots into thin batons. Heat the sunflower oil in a large frying pan over a high heat, toss the peppers, carrots and peas into the oil and fry for about 3 – 5 minutes until the vegetables start to soften. Pour the five spice mixture to the pan and cook for a further 3 minutes until the sauce reduces and the vegetables begin to take some colour. Remove from the heat.
  • Once the vegetables have cooked immediately plate the portions of cooked rice and pour the fried vegetables over the top. Slice the spring onions and sprinkle over each dish to garnish along with the sesame seeds.
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