Broccoli smothered in our homemade teriyaki sauce is a family favorite, and it’s really healthy. Shhhhh…… You don’t have to tell your family and friends that it’s good for them, just let them bask in the flavors and the textures. This is the dish that will convert broccoli haters to broccoli lovers. Bonus, the sauce is free of refined sugar and all of the garbage you’ll find in most bottled sauces!
If that headliner didn’t grab you, then nothing will, so move along.
Just kidding! Don’t go, stay, because we believe that this broccoli recipe will change how you feel about one of the healthiest superfoods ever.
HOW TO MAKE BROCCOLI HATERS LOVE BROCCOLI
Why do people hate broccoli, or Brussels sprouts, or cauliflower? Because they think those foods are stinky, mushy, and just plain gross. And truthfully, they are if they’re steamed until they’re limp, rubbery, and unseasoned, which is how they’re usually prepared. Heck, as much as I adore cruciferous vegetables, I’d push away a plate of broccoli if it was served to me as a big steaming pile of nothing special.
However, this broccoli recipe is not mushy, not stinky, not limp, and not gross. It’s the complete opposite, and here’s why.
HOW TO MAKE STIR-FRIED BROCCOLI WITH TERIYAKI SAUCE
The key to making a crisp and tantalizing broccoli is flash frying it in a teensy, tiny bit of sesame oil. You can use olive oil if you must, but for this recipe, sesame oil is liquid gold.
I use a big cast-iron skillet instead of a wok, because that’s how I do, but you can use a wok if you want. Just make sure that you use a heavier pan that heats evenly or your broccoli won’t cook evenly.
First – Make the homemade teriyaki sauce. Click here for the recipe.
Second – Cut your broccoli into bite sized florets and heat a tablespoon of sesame oil in a large pan.
Third – When the oil is hot (add a tiny piece of broccoli to the pan, it’s hot if it sizzles) add the broccoli and toss it in the oil. Continue to toss for approximately six to eight minutes, or until the stems are just fork tender. Remember, you want a firmer bite, not a mushy one.
Fourth – Add the teriyaki sauce to the broccoli and toss to coat.
Now take a bite and savor the umami flavor of the sauce and the crunch of the broccoli. My mouth is watering just writing this.
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Flash fried broccoli smothered in homemade vegan teriyaki sauce! It's healthy, delicious, and will convert your biggest broccoli hater.
- 1 head broccoli
- 1 tbsp sesame oil
- Homemade Teriyaki Sauce Get link in instructions
Make the teriyaki sauce
Cut the broccoli into bite sized florets
Heat the oil in a heavy wok or cast-iron skillet
When the oil is hot (test by adding a small floret to the pan, if it sizzles, it's ready) add the broccoli and toss to coat in the oil. Continue tossing for approximately 6 to 8 minutes, or until just fork tender. (See Note)
Pour the teriyaki sauce over the broccoli and toss to coat.
You can use olive oil if you don't have sesame oil, but the flavor will not be the same.
Don't overcook the broccoli, it should be crisp, not mushy.