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Broccoli with Asian Inspired Garlic Sauce

As a child, one of the vegetables we frequently order when we got Chinese food was broccoli with garlic sauce. I found it to be one of the only vegetables I remember that stood alone, not in fried rice or lo mein.

Broccoli with garlic sauce, wooden chopsticks in a blue bowl.
A little goes a long way with the sauce.

I am excited to share I have managed to recreate that experience at home which makes a simple side that takes barely any time at all.

Broccoli with Asian Inspired Garlic Sauce

Broccoli with Asian Inspired Garlic Sauce

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy (about 20 minutes)
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  • 1/2 pound chopped broccoli florets
  • 6 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup reduced sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup oyster sauce
  • 1 tablespoon mirin
  • 1 tablespoon sambal oelek
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
1. In a large sauce pan bring 1 inch of water to a boil. 2. Reduce heat to medium and add broccoli. 3. Cook for 5-6 minutes. 4. Meanwhile in a small bowl mix remaining ingredients together. 5. Drain when broccoli is done. 6. To that hot pan add sauce and bring to a boil. 7. Reduce the heat to medium and cook for 4-5 minutes, stirring frequently. 8. Serve broccoli with sauce on the side or stirred in.
This recipe makes much more sauce than you need.

What are your favorite vegetable sides? Any recipes you want me to recreate?


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