Garlic Butter Vegetable Stir Fry

Get ready for a flavorful adventure with my Garlic Butter Vegetable Stir Fry recipe! This Asian-inspired dish combines sliced zucchini, onions, and mushrooms, sautéed to perfection in a flavorful hibachi-style garlic butter sauce. It’s a quick, effortless, and utterly delicious way to enjoy your veggies, perfect for a Japanese-themed dinner night!

Garlic butter vegetable stir fry being picked up by a pair of wooden chopsticks.

Why I Love This Recipe

If you’re anything like me and appreciate a versatile dish that effortlessly complements any Asian-inspired meal, I know you will love my Garlic Butter Vegetable Stir Fry too! It’s a simple yet flavorful combination of tender vegetables cooked to perfection and coated in my signature garlic butter sauce from my proven Garlic Chicken Fried Rice and Garlic Butter Vegetable Fried Rice recipes!

Inspired by the flavors of hibachi-style restaurants, this dish brings creamy, garlicky goodness to your plate every time. Using my perfected stir-frying technique from dishes like Stir Fry Green Beans and Baby Bok Choy Stir Fry, we ensure the veggies are tender and bursting with flavor. This recipe is perfect for anyone looking to add a delicious vegetable side dish to their cooking rotation. Trust me, once you try it, you’ll be hooked! So why wait? Let’s get cooking and enjoy these irresistible flavors tonight!



  • Zucchini Squash – skin half peeled and sliced.
  • Onion – sliced yellow or brown onion.
  • Mushrooms – sliced white common button mushrooms. Can also use cremini if preferred.
  • Garlic   fresh grated garlic cloves.
  • Butter – salted or unsalted butter both work.
  • Neutral Oil no taste or flavor with high cooking temperature. Some choices are sunflower oil, peanut oil, sallower oil, vegetable oil, and canola oil.
  • Salt – sea salt preferred.
  • Black Pepper –  ground.
  • Toasted Sesame Seeds – optional garnish.

Additional Add Ins

Enhance the flavor and nutritional value of your dish with Broccoli, Carrots, Bell Peppers, Peas, Cabbage, or Corn. These versatile ingredients not only add vibrant colors to your dish but also provide a variety of textures and flavors.

Onions being sliced on a wooden cutting board.

Essential Kitchen Equipment

  • Wok or Deep Large Skillet


☑ Before Getting Started

Prep Your Ingredients in advance for efficiency and use a roomy Wok or Deep Skillet. Opt for High-Temperature Cooking Oil to achieve that signature hibachi sizzle.

Step 1 Begin by melting butter and combining it with grated garlic.

Garlic butter in a bowl.

Step 2 In a generously sized deep skillet or wok, heat oil to the desired temperature. Add sliced onions and cook until fragrant, then introduce zucchini and sauté for 2-3 minutes until slightly softened.

Onions being cooked in a skillet.

💡 Hibachi Cooking Pro Tip

Avoid Overcrowding the pan as it can lead to steaming instead of stir-frying, resulting in soggy rather than crispy vegetables. Cook in Batches if needed.

Step 3 Proceed to incorporate mushrooms, seasoning with salt and black pepper, and cook for an additional 1-2 minutes until the preferred tenderness is achieved.

Onions, zucchini and mushroom in a skillet.

Step 4 Blend in the garlic butter mixture, and serve the stir fry, garnishing it with toasted sesame seeds. For those seeking a hint of spice, consider adding red pepper flakes as an optional enhancement.

Vegetables mixed in with garlic butter in a skillet.

🧈 Garlic Butter Recipe Note

Feel free to customize the amount of garlic butter in this recipe to match your personal taste. While the suggested quantity serves as a starting point, you have the flexibility to increase or decrease it to reach your preferred level of garlic butter flavor.

Pairing Recommendations

Pair this vegetable stir fry with my hibachi-style dishes for a complete meal. Start by searing up some Hibachi Chicken and serve it with my  Hibachi Ginger Sauce. Enjoy it alongside a crisp green salad with Japanese Ginger Salad Dressing, and don’t forget to serve a comforting bowl of Japanese Hibachi Onion Soup or Japanese Chicken Soup. It’s a satisfying and at home hibachi meal that’s perfect for any occasion.

Garlic butter vegetable stir fry served in a white bowl topped with toasted sesame seeds.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long should I cook the vegetables for optimal tenderness?

For optimal tenderness, aim to cook the vegetables for a total of around 5 minutes. However, it's important to stagger the addition of vegetables based on their cooking times, as some may cook quicker than others. By adding them in stages, you can ensure that each vegetable reaches the perfect level of tenderness without overcooking any particular ingredient.

What type of pan should I use to make this stir fry?

Ideally, you'd use a wok for its ability to evenly distribute heat and accommodate the tossing motion. However, if you don't have a wok, a large deep skillet with ample room can also do the job effectively. The key is to ensure that whatever pan you use allows for proper heat distribution and ample space to toss the ingredients for even cooking.

How can I ensure the vegetables don't become soggy?

Firstly, avoid crowding the pan to allow for proper evaporation of any liquid released from the vegetables during cooking. Secondly, be mindful not to overcook the vegetables, as this can lead to them becoming mushy and losing their texture. By following these tips, you'll be able to achieve perfectly crisp and tender vegetables in your stir fry every time.

Storage Tips

Store the leftover in an airtight container in the fridge. It will stay fresh for 3-5 days.

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Garlic butter vegetable stir fry served in a white bowl topped with toasted sesame seeds.

Garlic Butter Vegetable Stir Fry

Discover the flavorful world of stir-fried vegetables with my Garlic Butter Vegetable Stir Fry recipe! Perfect for busy weeknights, this dish combines tender veggies with a rich garlic butter sauce for a delicious and satisfying meal. Dive into the world of stir fry vegetables and elevate your dinner routine today!
4.75 from 8 votes
Course: Main Course, Side Dish, Vegetables
Cuisine: Asian American, Asian Fusion
Keyword: stir fry vegetables
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 7 minutes
Servings: 2
Print Recipe
Calories: 237kcal


  • 2 Whole Zucchini Squash
  • 1/2 Whole Onion yellow or brown
  • 1/2 Cup Common Mushrooms sliced, about 4-5 mushrooms
  • 3 Garlic Clove
  • 2 tbsp Butter
  • 2 tbsp Cooking Oil neutral, no flavor or taste
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1/4 tsp Toasted Sesame Seeds


  • Gather all the ingredients.
    Ingredients for garlic butter vegetable stir fry on the countertop.
  • Slice onions, mushrooms and zucchini.
    Sliced zucchini.
  • Place butter in a microwave safe bowl and microwave until butter is just melted (about 20-30 seconds). Mix in grated garlic with the melted butter and set aside. Note - you can make extra and store this garlic butter mixture in the fridge.
    Garlic butter in a bowl.
  • In a fry pan, add cooking oil and bring up to temp on high heat. Once up to temp, add sliced onions and cook for about 10-15 seconds or until onions are fragrant.
    Onions being cooked in a skillet.
  • Add in the sliced zucchini and cook for an additional 2-3 minute until slightly softened. Next, add in the sliced mushroom, sprinkle salt and black pepper and cook for 1-2 more minutes or until zucchinis are to preferred tenderness.
    Onions, zucchini and mushroom in a skillet.
  • Once vegetables reach preferred tenderness, add in the garlic butter and cook until the garlic butter is completed mixed in. Transfer to a serving place, sprinkle toasted sesame seeds and enjoy hot!
    Vegetables mixed in with garlic butter in a skillet.


Calories: 237kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 393mg | Potassium: 104mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 354IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 1mg
*Values Based Per Serving
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  1. This sounds sooo good. Sure will try this. TY

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