Monday, December 1, 2014

Asian Broccoli

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, 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 creating 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!

I do want to share my secret for a quick way to literally pop out some fresh garlic and ginger, making this recipe even easier. In the winter, I often use a frozen product made by a brand called Dorot. I  keep  a few containers in the freezer so I always have some grated ginger and grated garlic on hand. The product is sold in the frozen food section of some supermarkets, at most Trader Joe's and I believe at many Whole Foods Markets. I've seen the price vary from 3.99 a package in the supermarkets to just a 1.99 a package (at Trader Joe's)

It's available in packages of ginger , garlic, basil, cilantro, etc.  If you turn the package over, it looks like 20 little ice cubes. You can pop one or two out to use in a recipe and then return to the package to freezer for future use! I love the ease and taste of this 100 % no additive pure product. Note: you must keep it frozen at all times for the cubes to pop out.

frozen Dorot spices
display of frozen garlic cubes

I usually purchase a package each of  garlic, basil, cilantro and ginger to keep it in the freezer.

Back to my recipe. 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 ( or frozen) and add your cut up broccoli and allow to cook for about 2 minutes while stirring  on high.  ( If you are using the frozen cubes, just throw them in frozen and they will melt and distribute as the broccoli cooks) 

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


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