Posted on: September 22, 2021 Posted by: Joven Comments: 0

This classic Chinese-inspired broccoli stir fry recipe is great to prepare as part of a satisfying meal in under 30 minutes. Flavorful and nutritious broccoli is perfect to stir fry for a quick, delicious, and healthy side dish. Here you’ll find step-by-step photos and instructions to make savory vegetarian and vegan stir-fried broccoli for dinner tonight!

broccoli stir fry in a white oval plate with wooden chopsticks by the side

About This Broccoli Stir Fry

Broccoli stir fry is a Chinese inspired dish that I like to make often as a healthy and tasty side. Fresh broccoli is quickly cooked with vibrant aromatics – like onions, garlic, ginger, soy sauce and pepper – so the florets are perfectly cooked while still keeping a nice bit of crunch.

Stir frying the broccoli not only helps keep the florets firm and not mushy, it also helps to sear in those delicious flavors. Each bite is bursting with umami without being too overpowering. So it’s great to serve as a side dish with your favorite mains, or simply pair with rice or noodles for a light yet satisfying meal.

And start to finish you need less than an hour to prep and make this easy recipe. Give this stir fried broccoli a try for a relaxing and nearly effortless dinner any night of the week!

Step-by-Step Guide

How to Make Broccoli Stir Fry

Prepare the Broccoli and Sauce

1. First, prepare the fresh broccoli. Cut the florets from 1 medium broccoli head (415 grams) and rinse them well in water. Set aside.

If you want you can even blanch the broccoli florets in hot water for 1 to 2 minutes. This makes stir frying time shorter and helps keep that vibrant green color.

Finely chop 3 to 4 medium garlic cloves, 1 inch ginger, 1 green chili, 1 small celery stick and slice thinly 1 medium onion. You will be needing:

  • ⅓ cup sliced onions
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped garlic
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped ginger
  • ½ teaspoon finely chopped green chillies or serrano pepper
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped celery
chopped broccoli florets on wooden board

2. In a small bowl, add the sugar and spices:

  • 1 teaspoon coconut sugar or raw sugar
  • ½ teaspoon edible rock salt or ¼ to ½ teaspoon salt, add as per taste 
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed black pepper or add as required 
seasonings in a bowl

3. Add 1 tablespoon soy sauce or Braggs liquid aminos.

seasonings with soy sauce in a small bowl

4. Mix very well and set aside.

blended soy sauce and seasonings

Cook the Aromatics

5. Next, heat oil in a heavy wok or deep pan. Turn the heat to medium-low or medium. Add the sliced onions and finely chopped garlic, ginger, celery, green chillies. 

chopped onions and garlic in a wok

6. Stir and mix well. 

stir frying aromatics

7. Next, add the chopped broccoli to the pan.

adding broccoli florets to the pan

8. Mix very well.

broccoli florets

Stir Fry the Broccoli

9. Now it’s time to stir fry the broccoli: Increase the heat to medium-high or high, and cook the broccoli for 3 to 4 minutes in the scalding hot pan.

stir-frying broccoli in wok

10. Continue to toss and stir the ingredients so that they cook evenly without getting burnt.

broccoli stir fry in a wok

11. After stir-frying for 3 to 4 minutes (the broccoli should still be firm) lower the heat and add the prepared sauce mixture.

adding soy sauce and seasonings to the broccoli

12. Stir to combine and mix evenly. 

stir fried broccoli in a wok

13. Increase the heat to medium-low or medium. Continue to stir fry the broccoli until the liquid has evaporated and the broccoli is slightly soft.

However, be careful to not overcook the veggies so that they become soft and mushy – there should be a good bit of bite still in your broccoli.

broccoli stir fry with onions

14. Now turn off the heat, and add 1 to 2 tablespoons of chopped cilantro or parsley if you like. Mix very well. 

adding fresh herbs to broccoli stir fry

15. Sprinkle some white sesame seeds (raw or toasted) while serving. You can also drizzle some lemon juice for an added tang while serving.

overhead shot of broccoli stir fry in a white oval plate with wooden chopsticks by the side


How can I make this recipe spicy?

Feel free to increase the ginger, garlic, black pepper and/or green chilli to make this dish as spicy as you like.

What should I serve with this dish?

Enjoy with fluffy rice or Chinese noodle dishes, or as a side with any of your favorite Indochinese mains like Fried Rice or Veg Noodles or Hakka Noodles. You can also serve with simple roll or flatbread for a light lunch or healthy snack.

How long does stir fried broccoli last?

This dish is certainly best when enjoyed freshly made. However, you can store leftovers in a sealed container and keep them in the fridge for up to 1 day. Reheat in a microwave or on the stovetop, but be careful to not overcook and turn the broccoli mushy.

More Broccoli Recipes To Try!

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Flavorful and nutritious this Chinese-inspired broccoli stir fry is perfect for a delicious, and healthy side dish. The recipe comes together in 20 minutes making for a quick savory vegan and vegetarian stir fried broccoli for dinner.

Prep Time 5 mins

Cook Time 20 mins

Total Time 25 mins

Servings 2


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This broccoli stir fry post from the archives (June 2011) has been republished and updated on 22 September 2021.

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