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Broccoli in Sweet Asian Garlic Sauce

Broccoli in Sweet Asian Garlic Sauce
Broccoli in Sweet Asian Garlic Sauce

I have finally done it! I have mastered my recipe of Broccoli in Sweet Asian Garlic Sauce! And I couldn’t be more happy with the outcome. It took a decent amount of time, but I have to say that each failed bDSC00022owl was worth it. Now, I’ve got my go-to recipe when I need something simple and quick!

I would have to say that the broccoli I used for this batch was by far the best head of broccoli I’ve ever had.  I actually got it from a customer who went to the farmer’s market and knew how much I love broccoli, so she got it for me! It’s outstanding how farm-fresh broccoli can make such a difference. Still, somehow it does!

So, this recipe is an alteration/combination of three different recipes I’ve read. I tried to make it as simple as possible because the simpler the better! I hope you enjoy it!


Broccoli in Sweet Asian Garlic Sauce
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After trying a handful of recipes, I've finally concocted my own healthy version of a childhood favourite. The broccoli is soft, yet still somehow crunchy. The sauce is thick and sweet, but still has that deep flavour I remember as a kid.
Annie T.:
Recipe type: Sides
Cuisine: Asian
Serves: 4 servings
  • 1 bunch of broccoli
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp and 1 tsp sesame oil, separated*
  • ½ cup vegetable broth
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • ¼ cup water
  • optional: scallions, almonds, red pepper flakes, and sesame seeds for topping
  • optional: brown rice, white rice, or other grain for serving if you want to make it a main course
  • *If you don't have sesame oil, feel free to replace with 2 tbsp of olive oil instead
  1. Cut the broccoli into florets and set aside
  2. To prepare sauce: Combine garlic, soy sauce, 1 teaspoon of sesame oil*, vegetable broth, brown sugar, and cornstarch in a bowl.
  3. Heat the remaining 2 tbsp of sesame oil in a skillet on medium high heat. Add the broccoli and cook for about 4 minutes, stirring constantly to prevent the broccoli from burning.
  4. Lower the heat to medium and add water to the skillet and cover. Allow to cook for 3 to 4 minutes, or until the broccoli begins to soften.
  5. Uncover and add the sauce to the broccoli. Cook for another 2 to 3 minutes until the sauce begins to thicken.
  6. Serve immediately over rice or by itself, and add whatever toppings you like!
*if you're replacing with olive oil, don't add any into the sauce


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