Get your greens in with this easy broccoli stir fry recipe done in one pan with a Filipino twist! With only 3 types of seasonings used, each broccoli floret is bursting with a tart and zesty flavor! Budget-friendly and economical!
Elevate your basic, steamed broccoli with this easy 10-minute broccoli stir fry recipe! So simple, that you really don’t have an excuse for not preparing your vegetables, right?
This Filipino broccoli recipe uses minimal and inexpensive ingredients to get this side dish on your table any time of day!
Goodbye bland broccoli and hello restaurant quality broccoli florets!
This post will go over everything you need to know to create this easy broccoli stir fry recipe.
Recipe difficulty: Oh, my goodness, so simple! No question about it!
This broccoli stir fry recipe uses 3 types of seasoning very common in Filipino cooking. As long as you have these favorites in your pantry, you’ll always be prepared to make this broccoli recipe at any time! Done in one pan with very little effort! (Seriously, like minimal effort is required…)
Sam’s Pro Tips for this Easy Broccoli Stir Fry
- Don’t overmix the broccoli florets! You’ll find that after the broccoli has had a chance to cook, the broccoli becomes soft and tender. Be very careful mixing the broccoli in the pan! Literally once you add the seasoning, you only need to give the florets a quick stir and you’re done! If you overmix the broccoli, it’ll start to break apart in the pan and you’ll get a mushy mess!
The Right Ingredients
- I don’t have chili sesame oil. Help! If you’ve seen our Chicken and String Beans Recipe, you know chili sesame oil gives a great spicy flavor on any dish! If you can’t find chili sesame oil, a close second you can make on your own is to mix sesame oil and red pepper flakes. Although the sesame oil won’t be infused with the pepper flakes, you’ll still get enough of that spice in this easy broccoli stir fry. Delicious!
- Where can I find most of these ingredients? Most of these ingredients will be easy to find in your local grocery store. However, there are some ingredients for Filipino cooking you should always have! (Like the fish sauce we’re using…) Don’t worry! Check out the top five Filipino ingredients I always recommend you have AND where to find it at the bottom of this post!
Key Ingredients – Easy Broccoli Stir Fry
Below are some key ingredients for this recipe:
- Broccoli florets: Asian broccoli recipes are pretty common with endless seasoning options! Broccoli florets are a great vegetable to always have in your refrigerator since it’s so versatile.
- Garlic: Use three cloves of garlic to add to that incredible flavor! You can either press or mince the garlic, but it needs to be finely cut. I like to use a garlic press for this Filipino broccoli recipe.
- Olive oil: Very similar to my Filipino Garlic Fried Rice Recipe and 7-Minute Cilantro Cauliflower Lime Rice, coat the broccoli with the olive oil to make all the flavor stick! The olive oil preps the broccoli for the seasoning and gives a nice flavor.
- Chili sesame oil: One of the BEST seasonings! Just a little of this gives already so much flavor in your dish with the right amount of spice. You can use this in so many ways, like in our 20-Minute Chili Brown Sugar Salmon that perked this fish right up!
- Fish sauce: Very common in Filipino cooking and there are so many different brands! If you’re not familiar with this type of sauce, download our Top 5 Crazy-Cheap Ingredients You Need for Filipino Cooking and Where to Find It from my free resource library to help you! (Need the password to the library? Look out for the form at the bottom of this post!)
- Lemon juice: The lemon juice adds depth to this stir fry broccoli with garlic recipe and balances all the spices!
- Salt and pepper: Just the basics are used! Season to preference! I tend to go heavier with the pepper on my broccoli.
More Variations to this Recipe
There are a few ways you can variate this easy broccoli stir fry recipe. Here’s how:
- Add oyster sauce! Remember how I was saying your seasoning or sauce choices are endless? Add a tablespoon of oyster sauce to this broccoli recipe for added flavor. If you do decide to add the oyster sauce, you may need to adjust the fish sauce measurements.
- Make an easy beef and broccoli stir fry meal. Why not do it all in one pan? Make the broccoli your main meal by adding some cuts of beef mixed in or even chicken! The seasoning used in this recipe will work great with whichever option.
- What can I pair with this dish? Broccoli is such a great vegetable option as it can accompany your main meal! Whether you’re having our Honey Soy Chicken Wings with Ginger or our Filipino Baked Salmon Recipe with Mayonnaise, the broccoli provides a well-rounded meal. Let me know which one you’ll be pairing with this easy broccoli stir fry!
To make sure you’re always prepared for these recipes download our Top 5 Crazy-Cheap Ingredients You Need for Filipino Cooking and Where to Find It from my free resource library! (Get the password to the library in the form at the bottom of this post).
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Frequently Asked Questions
Do you cook broccoli before putting in stir fry?
The broccoli will be sautéed first with the olive oil and then cooked before adding the rest of the seasoning and garlic. This will make sure the broccoli is completely cooked before serving.
Can I use frozen broccoli in a stir fry?
Yes, you can use frozen broccoli in a stir fry. As the broccoli is frozen, adjust your cook time accordingly. The broccoli will be sautéed and cooked first over medium-low heat before stir frying.
Should you thaw frozen broccoli before stir fry?
You do not need to thaw the broccoli first before stir frying. Simple, sauté the broccoli in olive oil over medium-low heat until defrosted.