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What are the differences in flavor and texture when using the different techniques? Do some vegetables call for one technique rather than the other? Assume you oil the container you roast in.

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  • Fry as in deep fry or stir-fry (in a wok or a frying pan) ?
    – Max
    Jun 3, 2022 at 12:58
  • @Max Fry as in stir-fry (in a frying pan), but an answer about frying in woks would also be interesting to me. I'm especially wondering about what happens if you chop vegetables sufficiently small when you stir-fry, so you don't have to worry about the inside not cooking (fast enough).
    – Altricono
    Jun 3, 2022 at 14:04

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Stir frying in a pan or in a wok (it's more or less the same thing) is and should be done on high heat and should be a quick operation.

Raw vegetables need to be cut into small size to be cooked as quickly as possible. If you use large pieces of vegetable there is the risk of moisture leeching out and reduce the pan temperature and it will start to boil or steam instead of frying.

In some instances, some vegetables can be par-boiled or blanched in advance to speed up the stir-fry process.

In the case of roasting, it is different, it is a longer process and you can use larger pieces of vegetables; the heat is not that intense and will come from all around the food; not just an intense heat from the bottom.

The oven heat will take care of removing the humidity/moisture from the vegetables.

Oven roasting will also help creating different flavors in vegetables (browning) ; it will usually accentuate the sweetness of most vegetables.

2 different applications, 2 different end results.

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  • Thank you for your answer, which is useful! I think what I understood is the following-- if you have bigger pieces, you can cook vegetables longer without them breaking down into mush. If you cook vegetables longer, you can get accentuate the sweetness of vegetables. On a pan, you can't cook bigger pieces because it will boil instead of frying. Honestly, I don't fully understand the last part, and why you can't cook on a pan at a low temperature for a longer time. Why should moisture behave differently in a pan and an oven if you maintain the same temperature?
    – Altricono
    Jun 4, 2022 at 6:01

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