simple broccoli stir-fry

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simple broccoli stir-fryAn order of your favorite chicken, beef, or pork dish from your local takeout often comes on a bed of Western broccoli. It’s by no means traditional, but is nevertheless a vegetable we associate with comforting Chinese takeout. While you can certainly steam broccoli in your vegetable steamer or rice cooker, try this simple and flavorful stir-fry that takes no more effort than steaming.

  • Yield: 4 Servings


  • 1 tablespoon peanut or vegetable oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 4 to 5 cups broccoli florets
  • 0.33 cup water
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • special equipment
  • Wok with lid
How to Make It
  1. 1. Heat a wok or large skillet over medium-high heat until a bead of water sizzles and evaporates on contact. Add the peanut oil and swirl to coat the bottom. Add the garlic and stir-fry until fragrant, for about 20 seconds. Add the broccoli and stir-fry for about 1 minute, or until the outsides begin to crisp. Add the water, then immediately cover the wok with a lid. Allow the broccoli to steam, covered, for about 3 minutes, or until the water evaporates.
  2. 2. Remove the cover and salt and pepper to taste. Transfer to a plate and serve.

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