Leftover roast stir-fry recipe

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This is a great way of using up leftover from your Sunday lunch. This leftover roast stir-fry is simple and delicious

Preparation Time10 mins
Cooking Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Cost RangeCheap
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories595 Kcal30%
Sugar9.7 g11%
Fat12.0 g17%
Saturated Fat2.9 g15%
Salt1.23 gRow 4 - Cell 2
Protein26.3 g53%
Carbohydrates91.5 g35%
Salt1.23 gRow 7 - Cell 2

If you're bored of doing the same old things with your Sunday roast leftovers, then you should give this stir-fry recipe a go. It works really well with leftover roast chicken, beef, pork, turkey - basically whatever you've got! Combined with the fresh stir-fried vegetables, the roasted meat takes on a new lease of life. Simply tear up your leftover meat into strips and add it to the stir-fry near the end so the meat doesn't get overcooked. The soy sauce, honey, sherry and lemon will tenderise the meat again and prevent it from drying out. It's also a great way to get loads of veg into your diet.


  • Leftover roast chicken/beef/pork, shredded
  • 2 leeks, sliced
  • 200g baby spinach
  • 2 yellow peppers, sliced
  • 1 red chilli, finely chopped
  • Thumb-sized piece fresh ginger, sliced into matchsticks
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp sherry
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 2 packets vermicelli noodles




  1. Put the vermicelli noodles in a bowl and pour over boiling water from the kettle. Set aside.
  2. Put a wok or a large frying pan over a high heat. Once it's hot add the sesame oil, followed by the leeks, peppers, chilli and ginger. Keep stirring for 5 minutes until everything starts to soften.
  3. Turn the heat down a touch and add the leftover roast meat and spinach. Cook for 30 seconds and then pour in the sherry. Let the alcohol evaporate off before adding the soy, honey and lemon.
  4. Drain the noodles and add a little bit of the water to the wok to create a sauce. Stir in the noodles, remove from the heat and serve.
Top Tip for making Leftover roast stir-fry

Taste the chilli before adding it to work out how hot you want your dish to be. Cut a small piece and touch it to your tongue and add accordingly.

Jessica Dady
Food Editor

Jessica Dady is Food Editor at GoodtoKnow and has over 11 years of experience as a digital editor, specialising in all things food, recipes, and SEO. From the must-buy seasonal food hampers and advent calendars for Christmas to the family-friendly air fryers that’ll make dinner time a breeze, Jessica loves trying and testing various food products to find the best of the best for the busy parents among us. Over the years of working with GoodtoKnow, Jessica has had the privilege of working alongside Future’s Test Kitchen to create exclusive videos - as well as writing, testing, and shooting her own recipes. When she’s not embracing the great outdoors with her family at the weekends, Jessica enjoys baking up a storm in the kitchen with her favourite bakes being chocolate chip cookies, cupcakes, and a tray of gooey chocolate brownies