• Stir-Fried Broccoli with Chili-Garlic Sauce

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    Stir-Fried Broccoli with Chili-Garlic Sauce
    Prep: 5 min Cook: 10 min Servings: 4
    by John Spottiswood
    300 recipes
    My father-in-law has become an amazing cook, and he made this as part of our Easter lunch this year with the fabulous pork tenderloin recipe (see linked below). This version isn't gloppy with extra sauce like you find in many Chinese take out places. It's very flavorful but also relatively light and healthful. He made a TON of it, but it was the only side dish with no left-overs. Give it a try!


    • 1/4 cup low sodium chicken broth
    • 2 Tbsp dry sherry
    • 2 tsp low-sodium soy sauce
    • 1 tsp toasted sesame oil
    • 1 tsp cornstarch
    • 2 tsp Asian chili-garlic sauce
    • 2 medium garlic cloves minced or pressed
    • 1/8 tsp red pepper flakes
    • 1 tsp and 1 Tbsp vegetable oil
    • 1 1/2 pounds broccoli with florets, cut into 3/4 inch pieces, and stalks trimmed, peeled, and cut on an angle into 1/4 inch thick slices
    • 1/4 tsp sugar


    1. Whisk broth, sherry, soy sauce, sesame oil, cornstarch, and chili-garlic sauce together in a bowl. Combine garlic, pepper flakes, and 1 tsp oil in another small bowl.
    2. Heat 1 Tbsp oil in a large, heavy skillet over medium-high heat until it begins to smoke. Add broccoli and sprinkle with sugar. Cook, stirring frequently, for 8-10 minutes until broccoli is well browned.
    3. Push broccoli to the edges of the skillet clearing a spot in the middle. Add the contents of the small bowl (pepper-oil-garlic) to the center, mashing for 20-30 seconds with a spoon or spatula until garlic is fragrant, then mix together with the broccoli. Add the broth/sherry mixture and cook, stirring constantly, until the sauce is thickened, about 1 minute. Serve

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    • Nancy Miyasaki
      Nancy Miyasaki
      This is the perfect recipe for this dish...not too heavy or saucy but very flavorful. A perfect side dish, but with enough flavor to be a main dish for a light meal. I know five hearts is a lot for a Chinese stand-by, but I loved this!
      • John Spottiswood
        John Spottiswood
        This is a simple but really tasty side dish. Add more red pepper (up to 1/4 tsp) if you want it on the spicy side.
        • Christy Torres
          Christy Torres
          This sounds delicious! I cannot wait to try this one soon.
          • Julie M
            Julie M
            sounds yummy!
            • Ethel Powers
              Ethel Powers
              Yum, broccoli is a favorite vegetable. I really appreciate this different approach cooking them and will make this recipe asap since I always have some on hand.
              • barbaralove
                Other great recipes with Broccoli you can find here:
                • Marianne Oliveira
                  Marianne Oliveira
                  This recipe well-received by my family and friends. Everyone wanted a copy of it. It's so easy to add or to backoff on the spice if you prefer it more or less spicy.
                  • John Spottiswood
                    John Spottiswood
                    Thanks for taking the time to add this thoughtful review Marianne. Glad your family and friends enjoyed it!
                  • Beanz
                    This is super tasty! I have a bad habit of making alterations to recipes before I even tried them. But with this one I followed it to the letter and it was perfect. We will definitely be having this again.
                    • John Spottiswood
                      John Spottiswood
                      Glad you enjoyed it Beanz. Thanks again for another thoughtful review.


                    • puffyeye50
                      I loved it, I am a big fan of broccoli anyways so I really enjoyed this.
                      I am a new vegetarian 6 months in, and it's a journey. Thank you so much for sharing.
                      • ShaleeDP
                        I like veggies and broccolli is one of my favorites. I like to try other types of recipes that the ones I know. Thanks for sharing this.

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