Simple Broccoli Stir Fry

by Heidi @ Food Doodles on

Simple Broccoli Stir Fry

I know I’ve mentioned how small our town is.  To put it in perspective, we have one Chinese restaurant.  We have another restaurant that offers some ethnic options, but it’s not nearly as good and just recently we acquired a Thai restaurant.  Very exciting stuff, haha.  We very rarely order Chinese food let alone order out.  We ordered it maybe twice in the last three years apart from eating it at someone else house a few times.  It’s a nice treat sometimes but we always feel sick to our stomachs after.  There’s way too much salt and sugar and unhealthy fats.

So to avoid wanting to order out I make stir fry’s quite often(although I’m sure my husband dreads the words “stir fry” coming out of my mouth because it usually never involves meat.)  To me, this tastes way better than take out.  And honestly, it takes very little time.  I chop all the veggies in the morning or early afternoon and then cover them and keep them in the fridge till dinner time.  This is so handy.  If you work all day it’s frustrating to have to chop veggies for 20 minutes before getting to cook when all you want to do is eat.  And if you have little kids, dinner time is usually when they start getting cranky and making dinner takes way more time than it should.  Good thing the veggies don’t mind being chopped up ahead of time.  The night before when you have a few minutes after everyone’s gone to bed, or before work in the morning, or whenever you have a few minutes.  Then the rest is fast and easy.

Simple Broccoli Stir Fry

Simple Broccoli Stir Fry
Ingredients
  • 2 small or one very large bunches of broccoli, including stems peeled and chopped
  • 2 cups mushrooms cleaned and sliced
  • 1 tablespoons oil
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic
  • 1-2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons mirin Try to find one with the least sugar added.  There should be fairly minimal ingredients.  If you can't find it, omit or replace with a pinch of sugar
  • 2 teaspoons sweet chili sauce
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch in 2 tbsp water or another thickening agent
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1/4 cup sesame seeds
  • 2 bunches of soba noodles cooked and drained or you can sub rice noodles or whatever other noodles you like
Instructions
  1. Prepare your broccoli and mushrooms(or other veggies - my husband doesn't like mushrooms so I usually add sliced carrots or celery or even snap or sugar peas) ahead of time.  Boil and salt your water and put in your pasta to cook.  Once the pasta is done drain and set aside.  Heat your oil in a large pan and saute your garlic, either minced or put through a garlic press.  Cook for 1-2 minutes, then add the mushrooms(or carrots and celery).  Stir well and cook till they just begin to release their juices.  Add the broccoli.  You can add the stems first if you like and cook for 2-3 minutes and then add the florets but I usually add it all together because I like the crunch of the stems.
  2. Pour about 3-4 tbsp of water in the pan and immediately cover.  Cook just till the broccoli turns vibrant green, just a few minutes.  If you're using snap peas add these just in the last minute before you add your sauces as they don't need long to cook.  The veggies should still be crunchy at this stage but will continue to cook for a couple minutes as you make the sauce so don't cook too long.  Remove the lid and add the soy sauce, mirin and chili sauce.  Mix then immediately add the cornstarch and water and mix quickly.  Continue to mix till the sauce is thickened.  Remove from heat and add the sesame oil and seeds.  Then add in the noodles, mix well, add more soy sauce as needed and serve.  Top with more sesame seeds and some chili sauce of choice.

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1 kat January 12, 2014 at

Hello!
Just a reminder for those who can’t have gluten, that soy sauce has gluten in it so replace soy sauce with tamari. It is fermented as soy sauce it but without gluten added.

This recipe is delicious!

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2 Michele June 8, 2015 at

This was delicious! Thanks for posting.

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3 Tiany May 4, 2011 at

Are soba noodles healthy?

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4 Heidi @ Food Doodles May 4, 2011 at

Yes. They’re made with part buckwheat flour which is very good for you 🙂

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5 Tiany May 4, 2011 at

Thank you! I’ll give this recipe a try.

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6 Rufus' Food and Spirit Guide April 20, 2011 at

This looks great. Nothing eases the pain of small town food offerings like the ability to cook!

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7 free sms April 15, 2011 at

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8 Heidi @ Food Doodles April 15, 2011 at

Thank you!

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9 Lauren Hayes April 14, 2011 at

This looks so yummy! I love most things with soba noodles 🙂

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10 Medifast Coupon April 14, 2011 at

How yummy! We have to drive 45 minutes for Chinese – so we don’t – and I have learned to whip up a not to bad alternative in Chinese cuisine over the years. I look forward to trying your broccoli stir fry this weekend. Thanks for sharing.

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11 Heidi @ Food Doodles April 14, 2011 at

It’s kind of nice being a distance away from certain places, especially restaurants. Homemade is always better anyways 😀 I really hope you enjoy it!

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13 ThE DiVa DiSh April 14, 2011 at

Broccoli in stir fry is the best! 🙂 Looks great! Beautiful Pics!

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14 Heidi @ Food Doodles April 14, 2011 at

Yes! I go back and forth, roasting broccoli or putting it in a stir fry. So good! Thank you!! 😀

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15 Heather CJ Atkins April 13, 2011 at

I love soba noodles! Can’t wait to try this.. thanks!

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16 Heidi @ Food Doodles April 14, 2011 at

Us too! I know I’ve scared a couple people with the color of them before though, haha. So tasty though 🙂 I hope you enjoy it if you do try it!

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17 Trudy ~ Veggie num num April 13, 2011 at

Yum! This dish looks so healthy & super tasty! My husband dreads the words stir-fry too, as in the past I was guilty of throwing in every veggie known to man eek! Still haven’t lived that down. Will try this, love that you used the broccoli stems too, they’re so tasty!

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18 Heidi @ Food Doodles April 14, 2011 at

Haha, yes I overcomplicated things too. Now they’re much better with just a few ingredients. Love broccoli stems! I can’t help myself and eat a lot of them raw before they get in the pan. I can’t believe some people don’t eat them, haha.

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