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Plate of broccoli with Asian-style garlic sauce

Broccoli with Asian-Style Garlic Sauce

An easy side dish featuring fresh, nutrient-packed broccoli drenched in a savory Asian-inspired garlic sauce.
AuthorKaitlin - The Garden Grazer
Prep Time:5 mins
Cook Time:10 mins
Total Time:15 mins
CourseSide Dish
CuisineAsian-Inspired, Gluten-Free Option, Vegan
Servings4 side servings


  • 4 cups broccoli florets (1 large bunch)
  • 2 Tbsp. toasted sesame oil (*oil-free option below)
  • Optional topping: sesame seeds, red pepper flakes

For the garlic sauce:

  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 cup vegetable broth
  • 2 Tbsp. tamari (or soy sauce)
  • 1 Tbsp. cornstarch (or arrowroot or thickener of choice)


  • Cut broccoli into bite-sized florets and set aside.
  • Make the garlic sauce: mince garlic. Then in a small bowl, combine all sauce ingredients. Whisk to combine.
  • In a large skillet or wok over medium-high heat, add sesame oil* and heat for a minute.
  • Carefully add broccoli florets. Cook for about 4 minutes, stirring often to prevent burning.
  • Reduce heat to medium-low. Then add garlic sauce. Stir well to coat broccoli.
  • Cook for about 3 minutes, or until broccoli is desired tenderness. (The sauce will thicken and absorb into the broccoli.)


*Oil-free option: Omit sesame oil and sauté with 3 Tbsp. vegetable broth/water instead, adding more as needed. Some flavor will be lost, but you can sprinkle with sesame seeds before serving if desired.
For gluten-free: Use tamari.

Nutrition Per Serving (Estimate)

Calories: 117 kcal | Carbohydrates: 11 g | Protein: 4 g | Fat: 7 g | Saturated Fat: 1 g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3 g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3 g | Potassium: 316 mg | Fiber: 3 g | Sugar: 2 g | Vitamin A: 630 IU | Vitamin C: 82 mg | Calcium: 49 mg | Iron: 1 mg