Monday, December 1, 2014

Asian Broccoli is an Easy Crowd Pleaser

picture of plate of vegan asian broccoli

Does it make a difference how you cook broccoli? You bet it does!

When I prepare broccoli using this Asian recipe we love it.  I actually find myself craving it,  my three year old granddaughter finishes large bowls of it by herself , and my husband always asks for more.  Come on- who runs out of broccoli at dinner? I never can seem to make enough of my Asian Broccoli recipe to satisfy everyone.  Now that's saying something!

Just because this recipe is simple, it doesn't mean it's not sensational.
I called it Asian because it reminds me of the stir fried vegetables I get in the Chinese restaurant. It's cooked in fresh garlic, fresh ginger, and vegetable broth which creates a bright green appealing side dish.

It has just 4 ingredients and can be made in 10-15 minutes in a skillet on top of the stove. 
I always use fresh broccoli so it retains its nice green color, but if you need to save time, you tell me- if maybe frozen broccoli would work as well. Let me know if you try it!

It takes me about 5 minutes to wash and cut up the fresh broccoli head into "little trees" as I call it. Then it takes about 10 minutes  to cook in the skillet.

I serve immediately; however, it can be eaten at room temperature or quickly heated up.
This could be a healthy ( not too fattening side) for Thanksgiving. Of course as with all of my recipes, it meets gluten free/grain free, vegetarian and or vegan standards.

Author: Judee Algazi
Prep Time: 5-10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes

needed: 1 large skillet
1 teaspoon of olive or coconut oil
1 head of broccoli
1 cube of frozen ginger ( or use a 1 teaspoon of fresh grated ginger)
1 cube of frozen garlic ( or use 1 teaspoon of fresh chopped garlic) 
Optional: 1 tsp of freshly grated orange turmeric ( available at Whole Food Markets) 
1/2 cup of vegetable broth  for a medium head of broccoli
Fresh cracked pepper to taste

Wash and clean the broccoli well and dry it. Cut into medium - large size flowerettes . ( I also slice the stalk without peeling and it tastes great too) 
I usually spray my skillet with some olive oil first to coat it and then add 1-2 teaspoons of oil.
Raise the heat to high and when the oil is hot, add your fresh grated ginger, grated fresh garlic  and add your cut up broccoli and allow to cook for about 2 minutes while stirring  on high. 

Lower the heat and add the vegetable broth. ( if you have a very large head of broccoli , use another 1/4 cup of broth). Allow broth to cook down uncovered and the broccoli will become softer.   Serve immediately!

cut up broccoli flowerettes

ginger and turmeric on cutting board
Fresh garlic on left ; fresh turmeric on the right

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  1. This looks delicious. I was interested to hear about the cubed herbs. I want to try them so next time I'm at a Trader's Joes, I'll have to pick some up!

    1. The cubes are a great find! I find that Trader Joe's has the best price for them.

  2. Hi Judee,
    What a great dish so full of flavor. Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a great weekend.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  3. Thanks Miz Helen. IT is a great simple but flavorful way to make broccoli

  4. I'd love to try this. I am a big fan of simple recipes.

    1. That is how I feel - I like simple healthy food prepared with herbs and spices

  5. I love broccoli especially with an Asian twist but it is so easy to overcook it. I have those frozen cubes too but haven't used them yet because I could get fresh herbs. I bought mine at Fresh Thyme Markets - nice to know Trader Joe's carries them too. Now with fall/winter I can't wait to try them. Thanks for sharing with Fiesta Friday Judee :)

    1. Judi,
      I'm not familiar with Fresh Thyme Markets- I don't think we have them in Philadelphia area. I will have to search.. thanks

  6. Wonderful way to prepare broccoli, I like the addition of turmeric. Thank you for bringing it to FF. We need some healthy vegetables after all that heavy food.

    1. Liz,
      We like it and the turmeric adds color and nutrients

  7. I LOVE broccoli! I love Asian vegetables in particular. Orange turmeric is a new one on me, but I'm going to look for it because I want to try this. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

  8. Chopping broccoli 40 minutes ahead of cooking allows sulforophane production, a potent anticancer compound.

    1. This is a wonderful tip thank you. That would certainly be easy to do..

  9. Hi! It looks very delicious. Thanks for sharing.


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