Making stir-fry might be the most useful and versatile of all cooking skills.

With a hot pan and minimal time, you can transform your choice of protein and vegetables into a great dinner. In fact, the simpler your stir-fry is, the better it tends to taste: drowning your ingredients in a thick sauce concocted from a dozen ingredients is never a good idea. And even though nothing beats stir-fry fresh from the pan, it’s smart to make more than you need – you can transform the leftovers into a whole new meal in minutes.