Get ready to fall in love with this easy vegan Pineapple Cashew Stir Fry with Celery! The sweet and sour pineapple stir fry sauce comes together in 2 minutes and can easily be made gluten-free. This dish takes 20 minutes from start to finish, so make sure to read the whole recipe first and get all your ingredients together because this one goes fast!
1½cupschopped pineapple chunksfrom 20-oz can (see notes)
Optional: salt or sweetener, such as brown sugar or agave
For the pineapple stir fry sauce
1cuppineapple juice(from 20-oz can of pineapple)
¼cupsoy sauce(use gluten-free, or coconut aminos if needed)
1pinchred pepper flakesor more to taste
1tablespooncorn starchor tapioca starch for corn-free sauce
Heat the sesame oil in a large skillet. Add the sliced onion, minced garlic, grated ginger, and chopped celery and stir fry for about 5 minutes, or until the onion and celery soften.
Meanwhile, combine all the ingredients for the sauce in a medium bowl and whisk in the cornstarch until no clumps remain.
Add the sliced bell pepper and the sauce to the skillet (make sure to scrape out any cornstarch if it settled to the bottom of the bowl!), and stir. Bring to a gentle boil, then reduce the heat and cook for 2-3 minutes, or until the sauce thickens.
Stir in the pineapple, cashews, and diced scallion. Carefully taste the sauce to see if it needs salt or more sweetness - season a pinch of with salt or brown sugar in that case! Serve warm over rice or noodles!
I used a 20-oz can of pineapple rings for this recipe - it yielded just enough chopped pineapple for the recipe (plus a few extra pieces for snacking) and 1 cup of pineapple juice
If you can't find the large 20-oz can of pineapple, you can get away with a standard 14-oz can, you might just need to add a little extra liquid to the stir fry, such as orange juice or a few tablespoons extra soy sauce
Make sure you use pineapple packed in juice, not syrup!
I typically don't need to add more salt or sugar to the sauce, but give it a taste and see if you think it needs anything!