Raw Papaya Stir-Fry

2 servings
15 minutes cook time
Raw Papaya Stir-Fry

I used to think of a stir-fry as something easy to put together when I didn't have much time or energy. I just grabbed everything from the fridge and tossed it into a frying pan and, voilà, dinner. But, wow, was I wrong.

Freshly sliced papaya and coconut form the base of this beautiful, tasty, and healthy stir-fry using tropical ingredients. This stir-fry recipe is something completely different that will completely transport you to another place. 

We brought papaya, bell peppers, coconut and onions together in a ginger soy-sesame sauce. This meal will have your house smelling amazing! Awaken your senses and your tastebuds with this delicious recipe.

Raw Papaya Stir-Fry Recipe

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Servings: 4
  • Good for: main meals, side dishes, gluten-free, vegan
  • Difficulty: easy

Papaya, coconut, bell peppers and onions stir-fried in garlic and ginger and seasoned with a sesame-soy sauce makes for a tropical lunch or dinner. Top with sesame seeds for extra crunch!


For the papaya stir-fry

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 green bell pepper sliced into ½ inch thick slices
  • ¾ cup shredded carrots
  • ⅔ cup thinly sliced onion
  • 1 papaya sliced into ½ inch thick slices (3 cups total)
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • Sesame seeds to garnish

For the soy-sesame sauce 

  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seed oil
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
  • 2 cloves minced garlic


  • Large skillet
  • Stove
  • Cutting board
  • Knife
  • Measuring cups
  • Measuring spoons
  • Grater
  • Bowl for the soy-sesame sauce

Recipe Steps:

Prepare the soy-sesame sauce:

  1. Whisk together the soy sauce, sesame seed oil, lime juice, ginger and garlic.
  2. Set aside until later use.

Prepare the stir-fry:

  1. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add 2 tablespoons olive oil and mix in the bell pepper, carrots and onion. Sauté for 5 minutes or until tender.
  2. Add the papaya, coconut, ginger and garlic. Stir for another 3 minutes.
  3. Add in the soy-sesame sauce and mix well.
  4. Serve while warm. 

Serving Suggestions:

Enjoy this tropical stir-fry for lunch or dinner. Make it a complete meal by pairing it with a tofu dish and rice on the side to soak up all the juicy flavors. Top with sesame seeds for garnish and an extra nutty crunch.

This one-pan meal is easy to whip up for busy weeknight meals or portion out for on-the-go lunches - enjoy!

Nutritional Information for One Serving:

  • Calories: 320
  • Total Fat: 24g
  • Saturated Fat: 14g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg
  • Sodium: 1040mg
  • Total Carbohydrate: 25g
  • Dietary Fiber: 7g
  • Total Sugars: 13g - Includes 0g Added Sugars
  • Protein: 5g
  • Vitamin D: 0mcg
  • Calcium: 50mg
  • Iron: 1.7mg
  • Potassium: 470mg

Don’t forget to show us how you’re making your raw papaya stir-fry on Instagram @FruitStandcom! Nothing makes us happier than when we see you enjoying your fruit. Each time you share your FruitStand experience, you’re supporting small farmers and helping other fruit geeks discover rare and delicious produce sustainably. Try even more papaya recipes from your FruitStand fam on our blog!

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