Whether you’re an Asian-food expert or a home cook looking for new cooking inspirations, our Asian-style broccoli recipe is worth a try.
Our chefs stir-fry broccoli in a mixture of oyster sauce, soy sauce, and chicken broth to bring out the best of this crunchy veggie. Plus, it takes just 15 minutes and a few cooking skills to put together this delicious, nutrition-packed side dish.
How Healthy Is Our Recipe?
Our stir-fried broccoli dish offers you tons of textures and flavors while ensuring you eat a healthy, wholesome meal.
This cruciferous vegetable contains a host of antioxidants, minerals, and fiber, which are beneficial to our health. Surprisingly, broccoli has more vitamin C than oranges by weight. High vitamin C intake can help nourish your body from within by supporting mental health and improving physical performance.
Additionally, combining ginger and garlic has plenty of unexpected health advantages.
Overall, our chefs have made a great effort to keep the amount of saturated fat, sodium, and sugar within the health limits at 0.8 g, 293 mg, and 2.5 g, respectively.
This humble yet delectable dish requires a few simple ingredients that can be found at any Asian market. If you don’t fancy walking down the shopping aisle and seeking the ingredients, simply place an order online.
Broccoli: We suggest aiming for broccoli with tightly closed heads, crisp, dark-green stalks and avoiding those with withered florets or a yellowish color.
Ginger and garlic: This combination makes your kitchen smell like an authentic fancy Chinese restaurant—a sharp and warm aroma, followed by notes of camphor and lemon.
Red pepper flakes: Nothing spices up a sautéed vegetables dish better than a splash of red pepper flakes. Those who prefer just a touch of tongue-tingling heat should go light-handed on this spice.
Oyster sauce: The oyster sauce is indispensable if you want to stir-fry broccoli the Asian way. This condiment introduces an umami flavor with a slightly sweet aftertaste to your vegetables.
Soy sauce: The distinct saltiness of fermented soybeans just can’t be replicated by other seasonings. Plus, a tablespoon of soy sauce goes a long way, so no extra sodium is needed for the dish.
Chicken broth: We opt for chicken broth instead of just plain water as the broth offers a bulk of flavors that enliven our sauce.
Garnish: Roasted sesame seeds stay for a hint of smokiness and a nutty taste. You can also top your broccoli with other variations like crushed peanuts, cashews, or macadamia nuts.
Types of Broccoli You Can Use
The versatility of this recipe allows you to be creative and have fun while cooking. With so many different varieties of broccoli in one dish, you’ll experience a slight variation in flavors and textures. Why not give these a whirl?
Broccoli: This category, comprising Calabrese, Belstar, and Destiny broccoli, has a thick stem with a big round-shaped head. They have a mildly bitter, grassy taste. You can also check out our steamed broccoli recipe.
Chinese broccoli (Gai Lan): The signature leafy look and sweet taste of Chinese broccoli has won the hearts of many chefs. If you want to give this goodness a whirl, here is our stir-fried Chinese broccoli recipe.
Broccolini: Broccolini is a cross between broccoli and Gai Lan, both in taste and appearance.
Rapini: Italian chefs adore the strong earthy notes of rapini for sautéed or pasta dishes.
Romanesco broccoli: This spiky green will paint an exotic picture on your plate. Romanesco broccoli has a more pronounced earthiness compared to its counterparts.
How to Store Leftovers
Cooked vegetables tossed with sauce will last for 2-3 days if stored properly in the fridge. You should place your leftovers in an airtight container and refrigerate them.
However, we recommend making just enough to enjoy in one sitting as refrigerating this dish may affect its quality.
Today's Asian-style broccoli recipe features tender-crisp vegetables tossed in a sweet and sour sauce, unveiling the classic Chinese way of serving greens. Also, it's healthy, yummy, and meal prep-friendly.
Chop off the hard center stem of the broccoli, then separate it into small florets. Rinse the florets under running water and pat them dry before cooking.
Peel and slice the ginger.
Peel and mince the garlic.
Make the sauce: In a small mixing bowl, add 4 tbsp unsalted chicken broth, 1/2 tbsp sesame oil, 1 tbsp reduced-sodium soy sauce, 1 1/2 tsp oyster sauce, 1 tsp brown sugar, and 2 tsp cornstarch. Whisk vigorously until well combined.
Cook the broccoli: Bring a pot of water to a boil before adding 0.25 oz ginger and 10 oz broccoli. Cook for 2 minutes, then drain the vegetables in a colander over the sink. Put the broccoli aside and discard the ginger.
Sauté the garlic: Place a frying pan over medium heat. Add 2 tbsp canola oil and 1 tbsp minced garlic. Stir occasionally until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
Combine all the ingredients: In the same pan, pour in the sauce, then mix well for 30 seconds before adding the broccoli. Stir to cook the mix for another 2 minutes.
Garnish and serve: Transfer your desired portion onto a platter. Sprinkle some sesame seeds and red pepper flakes. Enjoy.
How to Make Asian-style Broccoli
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 125Calories from Fat 85
% Daily Value*
Saturated Fat 0.9g
Vitamin A 535IU
Vitamin C 64mg
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Tuyet Pham is an award-winning Saigonese chef who believes that joy is the secret ingredient to delicious food. At Healthy Recipes 101, Tuyet personally tests and simplifies every recipe, ensuring maximum flavor with minimal effort. With a background at prestigious French restaurants P’TI Saigon and Le Corto, Tuyet knows how to make every dish exceptional.
Luna Regina is an accomplished writer and author who dedicates her career to empowering home cooks and making cooking effortless for everyone. She is the founder of HealthyKitchen101.com and HealthyRecipes101.com, where she works with her team to develop easy, nutritious recipes and help aspiring cooks choose the right kitchen appliances.
Natalie Butler is a registered dietitian nutritionist with a passion to help others live their best life through food, fitness, safer beauty and a healthy lifestyle. She has expertise with a variety of diets and diseases and believes that there is no one-size-fits-all approach for health.
Delicious Asian twist on broccoli, perfect side dish!