Easy and healthy, this Asian style broccoli and garlic sauce recipe tastes just like what you’d find at your favorite Chinese restaurant! Less than 10 ingredients and ready in 20 minutes!
Asian Style Broccoli with Garlic Sauce
If you ask my kids what they want to eat for dinner, they always say “BROCCOLI!!” (Yes, really!) But honestly, how many ways can you cook broccoli without getting bored?
That’s why I’m so excited about this new recipe! It hits all the main flavors — sweet, salty and savory! Our broccoli with garlic sauce tastes so close to what you’d get at your favorite Chinese restaurant!
With under 10 ingredients and ready in less than a half-hour, this recipe has quickly become one of my favorite busy night side dishes.
How Many Calories in Chinese Broccoli with Garlic Sauce?
A typical serving of the traditional takeout dish will run between 200-300 calories, depending on the exact preparation and serving size.
On the other hand, our copycat Chinese broccoli recipe is about half the calories of the restaurant version! It’s also a bit lower in sodium than the original too.
So it’s easy, fast, and healthy! And yes, totally delicious too!
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What You Need to Make Broccoli with Garlic Sauce
- Broccoli florets — or 2-3 large broccoli crowns chopped
- Soy sauce — or coconut aminos for a GF option
- Sesame oil
- Rice vinegar
- Brown sugar
- Olive oil
- Garlic — smashed and chopped
- White sesame seeds — optional garnish
Kitchen Tools Used
Is This Recipe Gluten Free?
Soy sauce is usually made with soy AND wheat, meaning that it contains gluten. I have found gluten free soy sauce, which you could use instead.
Another option is to substitute coconut aminos, which is a savory sauce much like soy sauce in flavor. It is made from coconut palm sap and salt and is a popular choice for health food and gluten free recipes.
How to Make Asian Style Broccoli
In a small bowl, add soy sauce, sesame oil, rice vinegar, and brown sugar. Whisk together until well combined.
In a separate, larger mixing bowl, add broccoli florets. Pour in the garlic sauce mixture and toss to coat all the broccoli in the sauce.
While you’re mixing up your sauce, preheat your skillet on medium heat. Add the olive oil and once it is hot, toss in the chopped garlic to cook for 1 minute.
Now you can add the broccoli and sauce to the pan. Cook for 6-8 minutes, until your broccoli is to your desired doneness. Stir periodically to prevent sticking.
Remove from heat and sprinkle sesame seeds on top.
What is the Best Pan to Use?
As you can see in our photos, we used a cast iron skillet for this recipe. However, you can pretty much use and large deep skillet that you like.
Another favorite of ours is the Calphalon 13″ deep skillet — it lasts for years and you can use it to cook almost anything! They can be kind of hard to find though!
A wok is another possibility, but if you have an electric stove I would stick with a flat bottomed skillet for better heat distribution.
Asian Style Broccoli with Garlic Sauce Recipe (Printable Copy)
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Broccoli with Garlic Sauce (Restaurant Copycat)
- 4 cups broccoli florets
- 3 Tablespoons soy sauce
- 1 Tablespoon sesame oil
- 1 teaspoon rice vinegar
- 1 Tablespoon brown sugar
- 1 Tablespoon olive oil
- 3-4 cloves garlic smashed and chopped
- 2 teaspoons sesame seeds as desired, optional garnish
- Whisk together soy sauce, sesame oil, rice vinegar, and brown sugar in a small bowl.
- Add broccoli florets to a large mixing bowl and coat with the soy sauce mixture. Toss broccoli until it is completely coated in the sauce. Set aside.
- Add a spoonful of oil to a skillet over medium heat. When the oil is hot, add chopped garlic and cook for 1 minute.
- Add the broccoli and cook, stirring occasionally, for 8-10 minutes. Garnish with sesame seeds.
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