Sesame Broccoli Stir Fry

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This sesame broccoli stir fry is a quick side dish with delicious flavor!

Cooked until tender-crisp with ginger and garlic, broccoli pairs well with everything from grilled chicken to pork chops!

Sesame Broccoli Stir Fry cooking in a pan

An Easy Side

  • We love everything about broccoli! It’s a well-known superfood and a low-carb lover’s dream.
  • This is a light and crisp side with lots of flavor.
  • Just a few ingredients needed, add other favorite veggies to the broccoli if desired.

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How To Stir Fry Broccoli

This is a really quick and easy side dish.

  1. Prep Broccoli: Peel tough layer from stems & cut into 1” pieces. Cut florets into pieces.
  2. Cook: Heat oil in skillet, add broccoli and cook a few minutes until tender crisp.
  3. Add Aromatics & Sauce: Stir in garlic & ginger, cook until fragrant. Add soy sauce mixture & cook.

This is a light side dish recipe and it’s less saucy than a vegetable stir fry.  If you’d like a more saucy dish, add in a bit of bottled or homemade stir fry sauce.

Quick Tip

Garlic has a lot of natural sugar and can burn at a high temperature. In this recipe, the broccoli is cooked until tender-crisp and then the garlic is added. This adds lots of flavor without burning the garlic.

adding sauce to the pan to make Sesame Broccoli Stir Fry

Recipe Tips

  • Broccoli has the best flavor when it’s bright green and still slightly crisp. Be sure not to overcook it.
  • Sesame seeds are best when toasted. To toast the seeds, place them in a dry non-stick pan over medium heat. Stir or shake the seeds until they become browned and fragrant.
  • We love chili flakes for a bit of heat. If you’d prefer, you can skip the flakes or add a bit of sriracha or sambal in place.

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Leftovers

Keep leftover broccoli stir fry in a container with a tight-fitting lid in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Reheat in the microwave and serve. Dice up broccoli and add to a soup or stew or tuck into a low-carb wrap for a school or workday energizing lunch!

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5 from 6 votes
Review Recipe

Sesame Broccoli Stir Fry

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4
Author Holly Nilsson
Broccoli is stirfried until tender crisp and tossed in a simple flavorful sauce.

Ingredients

  • 1 bunch broccoli about 1 pound
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger finely chopped
  • toasted sesame seeds for garnish optional
Sauce
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • ½ teaspoon brown sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon chili flakes

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Instructions

  • Cut broccoli into florets. Peel the tough outer layer from the broccoli stem and cut broccoli into 1" pieces.
  • Combine sauce ingredients in a small bowl and set aside.
  • Heat the oil in a pan over medium high heat and add broccoli. Cook 2 minutes. Add 2 tablespoons water or broth to the pan and cook an additional 2 minutes or until water evaporates.
  • Stir in garlic and ginger and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add sauce mixture and cook an additional 2 minutes more or until heated through. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve.

Recipe Notes

  • Broccoli has the best flavor when it's bright green and still slightly crisp. Be sure not to overcook it.
  • Sesame seeds are best when toasted. To toast the seeds, place them in a dry non-stick pan over medium heat. Stir or shake the seeds until they become browned and fragrant.
  • We love chili flakes for a bit of heat. If you'd prefer, you can skip the flakes or add a bit of sriracha or sambal in place. 

Nutrition Information

Calories: 99, Carbohydrates: 12g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 5g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Sodium: 304mg, Potassium: 504mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 3g, Vitamin A: 984IU, Vitamin C: 136mg, Calcium: 77mg, Iron: 1mg

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

Keyword Broccoli Stir Fry, how to make Broccoli Stir Fry, Sesame Broccoli
Course Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine American, Asian
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Holly is a wine and cheese lover, recipe creator, shopping enthusiast and self appointed foodie. Her greatest passion is creating in the kitchen and making deliciously comforting recipes for the everyday home cook!

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