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Spicy Garlic Broccoli Stir-Fry

Spicy Garlic Broccoli Stir-Fry

This Spicy Garlic Broccoli Stir-Fry is a vibrant and flavourful dish that packs a punch with its spicy garlic sauce, transforming the humble broccoli into a star side dish. Perfect for those who love a bit of heat, this recipe combines the nutritional powerhouse of broccoli with the bold flavours of garlic, soy sauce, and chilli flakes. Quick to prepare and delightfully spicy, it's an ideal companion to any Asian-inspired main course or can be enjoyed on its own for a light and healthy meal.

Spicy Garlic Broccoli Stir-Fry

Preparation Time and Servings:

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes

  • Cook Time: 10 minutes

  • Total Time: 20 minutes

  • Servings: 4 people

Ingredients List:

  • 500g (1.1 lbs) broccoli, cut into florets

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 tablespoon ginger, grated

  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce

  • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce (optional)

  • 1 teaspoon chili flakes (adjust to taste)

  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil

  • Salt to taste

  • Sesame seeds for garnish

  • Spring onions, sliced for garnish

Equipment Needed:

  • Wok or large frying pan

  • Mixing bowl

  • Measuring spoons

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Blanch Broccoli: Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the broccoli florets and blanch for 2-3 minutes until bright green and slightly tender. Drain and rinse under cold water to stop the cooking process.

  2. Heat Oil: Heat the vegetable oil in a wok or large frying pan over medium-high heat.

  3. Sauté Garlic and Ginger: Add the minced garlic and grated ginger to the wok. Stir-fry for about 1 minute until fragrant.

  4. Add Broccoli: Increase the heat to high and add the blanched broccoli florets. Stir-fry for 2-3 minutes.

  5. Season: Add the soy sauce, oyster sauce (if using), chili flakes, and sesame oil to the wok. Toss everything together and stir-fry for another 2 minutes. Adjust salt to taste.

  6. Garnish and Serve: Transfer the broccoli to a serving dish. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and sliced spring onions before serving.

Suggested Side Dishes:

  • Steamed rice or noodles

  • Grilled chicken, beef, or tofu

  • A simple cucumber salad

Common Mistakes/Points of Care:

  • Avoid Overcooking Broccoli: Blanching should be brief to keep the broccoli vibrant and crisp.

  • High Heat for Stir-Fry: Ensure the wok is hot enough to sear the broccoli and lock in flavours.

  • Adjusting Spice Levels: Start with less chilli flakes and adjust according to your preference for heat.

Nutritional Values (per serving):

  • Calories: 120 kcal

  • Protein: 4g

  • Carbohydrates: 10g

  • Fat: 8g

  • Saturated Fat: 1g

  • Sodium: 300mg

  • Fiber: 3g

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