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Broccoli Cashew Stir-Fry

Easy, lightened-up Broccoli Cashew Stir-Fry makes a satisfying 30-minute weeknight meal! A healthy oil-free stir-fry with fresh flavors of garlic & ginger.
Author: Kaitlin - The Garden Grazer
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time25 minutes
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Asian, Gluten-Free, Oil-Free, Vegan
Servings: 3


  • 1 small onion
  • 3-4 cloves garlic
  • 1 large head broccoli (10 oz. florets, about 4 cups)
  • 1 inch piece ginger (1 Tbsp. grated)
  • 1 cup roasted cashews*
  • 2-3 Tbsp. tamari (or soy sauce)
  • Sesame seeds for topping

For Serving (Optional):

  • Brown rice, quinoa, noodles, etc.


  • Begin cooking your rice or quinoa if using. (Or do this ahead of time so it’s ready to go.)
  • Meanwhile, thinly slice onion.
  • In a large skillet over med-high heat, sauté onion for 8-10 minutes. (I use about 3 Tbsp. water/broth for no-oil sauté method, adding more as needed.)
  • Meanwhile, mince garlic and grate ginger. (I use a microplane grater for ginger.) Cut broccoli into florets.
  • When onion is translucent, add garlic, ginger, and broccoli. Stir.
  • Add 1/4 cup water (or vegetable broth), cover, and let broccoli steam for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. (Important: keep an eye on it and add more water/broth as needed to keep the pan from drying out.)
  • Add cashews and tamari. (Start with 2 Tbsp. tamari and add more as desired.)
  • Stir well and heat another 2-3 minutes or until broccoli is desired tenderness.
  • Serve sprinkled with sesame seeds over a warm bed of rice or quinoa.


*I don’t recommend raw cashews for this recipe. (I use organic dry roasted/salted.) I’ve tested it with raw and for my preference, it’s not nearly the same. Roasted adds another beautiful layer of flavor I highly recommend!
I really love garlic & ginger, so I usually add a little more than what’s noted above – feel free to do the same if you’re similar!
The recipe is cashew-heavy, but you could easily cut them back and give it a try with other variations/additions: mushrooms, zucchini, snow peas, bok choy, carrots, bell pepper, tofu, green onions, etc.
For gluten-free, use tamari.
Estimated nutritional content calculated without the rice/quinoa/noodles for serving.


Calories: 330kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Potassium: 728mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 756IU | Vitamin C: 112mg | Calcium: 91mg | Iron: 4mg