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Bowl of vegan cashew stir fry with broccoli

Broccoli Cashew Stir-Fry

A healthy oil-free stir-fry with fresh flavors of garlic & ginger! This easy dish is a satisfying lunch or dinner.
AuthorKaitlin - The Garden Grazer
Prep Time:10 mins
Cook Time:15 mins
Total Time:25 mins
CourseMain Dish
CuisineAsian-Inspired, Gluten-Free, Oil-Free, Vegan


  • 1 small yellow onion
  • 3-4 cloves garlic
  • 1 large head broccoli (10 oz. florets, about 4 cups)
  • 1 Tbsp. freshly grated ginger (about a 1 inch piece)
  • 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 medium-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 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 use other 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.

Nutrition Per Serving (Estimate)

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