If you’re looking for flavorful vegan recipes without garlic and onions, this recipe for a Chinese-inspired dish is perfect! With an explosion of flavors from spices like Sichuan peppercorns and cumin, combined with delicious vegetables like bell peppers and bok choy, it’s sure to be a crowd-pleaser.

Flavorful Chinese Veg Recipes - No Garlic, No Onions!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • It’s vegan-friendly.
  • It has no garlic or onion for those who have dietary restrictions.
  • Bursting with rich Chinese Flavors
  • Quick and easy to make


Here are the ingredients you will need:

For the stir fry:

– 2 tablespoons oil
– 1 teaspoon Sichuan peppercorns
– 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
– Salt as per taste (preferably pink salt)
– Half medium green bell pepper sliced thin
-Half red bell pepper sliced thin
-8 oz (220g) bok choy chopped
½ red chili chopped

For the sauce:

– ¼ cup vegetable broth
-2 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon hoisin sauce
1 teaspoon rice vinegar
Cornstarch slurry made by mixing cornstarch in water

How To Make This Recipe

  1. Heat up oil in a wok/pan. Add Sichuan peppercorns & Cumin seeds. Fry until fragrant but not burnt.
  2. Add Bell Peppers along with some salt,(you can add any veggies of your choice.) Stir fry on high heat till they become tender crisp & cooked through.
    3.Add Bok Choy And Red Chili ,Stir-fry for another couple of minutes making sure vegetables do not overcook but remain colorful crunchy & Steaming Hot .
    4.Mix all the ingredients under ‘Sauce’, Then add cornstarch slurry (made by mixing corn starch & water together) and simmer till sauce coats the vegetables well.
  3. Garnish with sesame seeds.

Cooking Time and Temperature Guidelines

  • Preparation time: 10 minutes
  • Cooking time: 15 minutes
  • Total time :25 Minutes
  • Servings: 2 servings

My Pro-tips

  1. Sichuan peppercorns have a pungent and numbing taste, which gives that unique Chinese flavor to this dish. However, If you don’t have it, just skip it or use black pepper instead.
    2.Cut veggies small or thin for quick stir fry .
    3.Wash Bok Choy Properly before using .

Seasoning Options

If you like your dishes spicy, add some more chopped red chili pepper or even crushed red pepper flakes for an extra kick.

You could also try adding some grated ginger or lemongrass to the recipe if you want to experiment with flavors further.

Recipe Tips:

1.Use Gluten-free Soy Sauce if required.
2.Don’t overcook Bok choy.

Recommended Tools To Make This Recipe:

Wok/Non-Stick Pan

To sum up: The biggest takeaway from this flavorful vegan recipe is how easy it is to achieve big flavors without garlic and onions while keeping the dish healthy and nutritious.


Can I substitute soy sauce for the tamari sauce in these recipes?
Yes, you can use soy sauce instead of tamari sauce if it’s difficult to find or if you prefer the taste of soy sauce. Keep in mind that some types of soy sauce may contain wheat and gluten, while tamari is typically gluten-free.

How can I make sure these recipes are still flavorful without using garlic or onions?
Despite leaving out two common flavorings like garlic and onion from these Chinese veggie recipes, there are many other seasonings that can add flavor to your dishes. You could try using ginger, scallions (green part only), shallots (if they don’t trigger your intolerance), star anise powder, Sichuan peppercorns, sesame oil or paste. These ingredients contribute a distinct umami flavor that complements plant-based dishes.

Can I freeze Chinese Veggie stir fry dishes?
While most vegetables used in stir-fries have high water content which doesn’t quite do well on freezing because the ice crystal inside would burst when thawing causing them mushy/flimsy texture once cooked again – some veggies like broccoli florets hold up well after blanching for a minute then shocked in cold water before storing/freeze them.. However sauces made from scratch by sautéing various aromatics should freeze well as long as they’re stored correctly.