Stir-Fried Broccoli with Chili-Garlic Sauce Recipe

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My father-in-law has become an amazing cook, and he made this as part of our Easter lunch this year with the fabulous pork tenderloin recipe (see linked below). This version isn't gloppy with extra sauce like you find in many Chinese take out places. It's very flavorful but also relatively light and healthful. He made a TON of it, but it was the only side dish with no left-overs. Give it a try!

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Servings: 4


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  • 1/4 cup low sodium chicken broth
  • 2 Tbsp dry sherry
  • 2 tsp low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tsp toasted sesame oil
  • 1 tsp cornstarch
  • 2 tsp Asian chili-garlic sauce
  • 2 medium garlic cloves minced or pressed
  • 1/8 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp and 1 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 pounds broccoli with florets, cut into 3/4 inch pieces, and stalks trimmed, peeled, and cut on an angle into 1/4 inch thick slices
  • 1/4 tsp sugar


  1. Whisk broth, sherry, soy sauce, sesame oil, cornstarch, and chili-garlic sauce together in a bowl. Combine garlic, pepper flakes, and 1 tsp oil in another small bowl.
  2. Heat 1 Tbsp oil in a large, heavy skillet over medium-high heat until it begins to smoke. Add broccoli and sprinkle with sugar. Cook, stirring frequently, for 8-10 minutes until broccoli is well browned.
  3. Push broccoli to the edges of the skillet clearing a spot in the middle. Add the contents of the small bowl (pepper-oil-garlic) to the center, mashing for 20-30 seconds with a spoon or spatula until garlic is fragrant, then mix together with the broccoli. Add the broth/sherry mixture and cook, stirring constantly, until the sauce is thickened, about 1 minute. Serve
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Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving %DV
Serving Size 139g
Recipe makes 4 servings
Calories 106  
Calories from Fat 54 51%
Total Fat 6.12g 8%
Saturated Fat 0.57g 2%
Trans Fat 0.12g  
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 253mg 11%
Potassium 362mg 10%
Total Carbs 9.63g 3%
Dietary Fiber 2.8g 9%
Sugars 2.71g 2%
Protein 3.5g 6%



  • Nancy Miyasaki
    April 6, 2010
    This is the perfect recipe for this dish...not too heavy or saucy but very flavorful. A perfect side dish, but with enough flavor to be a main dish for a light meal. I know five hearts is a lot for a Chinese stand-by, but I loved this!
    I've cooked/tasted this recipe!
    • John Spottiswood
      April 6, 2010
      This is a simple but really tasty side dish. Add more red pepper (up to 1/4 tsp) if you want it on the spicy side.
      I've cooked/tasted this recipe!
      This is a variation
      • Christy Torres
        April 7, 2010
        This sounds delicious! I cannot wait to try this one soon.
        • Julie M
          April 8, 2010
          sounds yummy!
          • Ethel Powers
            April 9, 2010
            Yum, broccoli is a favorite vegetable. I really appreciate this different approach cooking them and will make this recipe asap since I always have some on hand.
            • barbaralove
              April 17, 2010
              Other great recipes with Broccoli you can find here:
              • Marianne Oliveira
                April 27, 2010
                This recipe well-received by my family and friends. Everyone wanted a copy of it. It's so easy to add or to backoff on the spice if you prefer it more or less spicy.
                I've cooked/tasted this recipe!
                1 reply
                • John Spottiswood
                  May 22, 2011
                  Thanks for taking the time to add this thoughtful review Marianne. Glad your family and friends enjoyed it!
                • Beanz
                  May 22, 2011
                  This is super tasty! I have a bad habit of making alterations to recipes before I even tried them. But with this one I followed it to the letter and it was perfect. We will definitely be having this again.
                  I've cooked/tasted this recipe!
                  1 reply
                  • John Spottiswood
                    May 22, 2011
                    Glad you enjoyed it Beanz. Thanks again for another thoughtful review.


                  • puffyeye50
                    December 18, 2017
                    I loved it, I am a big fan of broccoli anyways so I really enjoyed this.
                    I am a new vegetarian 6 months in, and it's a journey. Thank you so much for sharing.
                    • ShaleeDP
                      February 26, 2013
                      I like veggies and broccolli is one of my favorites. I like to try other types of recipes that the ones I know. Thanks for sharing this.

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