Spicy Asian-Style Broccoli

Spicy Asian-Style Broccoli is a deliciously simple dish made from broccoli spears tossed with soy sauce thinly sliced fresh garlic, soy sauce, chili pepper flakes, sweet rice vinegar, sesame oil, and a hint of brown sugar.  Hands down this Spicy Asian-Style Broccoli will beat every takeout container of Chinese you can get without exception.

Spicy Asian-Style Broccoli is so simple and easy to make, believe me when I say, I need simple and easy today my nerves are a hot mess Y’all waiting on that nasty hurricane we have come to know as Hurricane Irma. I have been so nervous I had to do something to occupy my time so I don’t think about her lurking around the corner in Central Florida. So I’m blogging my recipe Spicy Asian-Style Broccoli so I won’t go stir crazy.Spicy Asian-Style BroccoliI made the Spicy Asian-Style Broccoli the other day and just didn’t have time to blog it for you with everything going on. I was seriously craving Chinese food something awful but didn’t feel like going anywhere because we needed to prepare for the hurricane. This Spicy Asian-Style Broccoli certainly hit the spot. I served it with a bit of white rice and my famous Ginger Teriyaki Glazed Salmon. It turned out so well I am actually wishing I had some now.


Spicy Asian-Style BroccoliMy recipe for Spicy Asian-Style Broccoli is actually an adaption of my friend Francesca’s, she adds a bit of butter to her oil when she makes hers. I omitted the butter in mine because I have tried to watch my weight a little. Feel free to add some to your oil though if you like, it’s really good that way.


Update: since this blog post My dear friend Francesca passed away at the beginning of the year January 2018, I will forever have fond memories of her making this wonderful dish in her Olive Branch, MS kitchen. I will always thank God for bringing her into my life when I moved to Missippii. I am sad without her these days.


I want to let you all know before we get to the recipe for Spicy Asian-Style Broccoli that we are ready for Irma and safe here in Central Florida, Irma will not reach us until late tonight early morning. We are inland here so while we may have some nasty wind and heavy rain we will not have a heavy water surge.


We may be without power and wi-fi for a spell, but I promise to keep you in the loop as much as possible on my Facebook page. Thank you all for being loyal followers. I promise I will start posting new recipes for your enjoyment after Irma leaves town and we have wi-fi and power.


Spicy Asian-Style Broccoli
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
20 mins
Hands down this Spicy Asian-Style Broccoli will beat every takeout container of Chinese you can get without exception.
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Asian
Keyword: Broccoli, Spicy
Servings: 4
Author: hmccallum
  • 4 tablespoons of wok oil or frying oil divided by 2
  • 5-6 cloves of garlic thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes or to taste
  • 3 tablespoons of Soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon sweet rice vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon of sesame oil
  • 2 heads of broccoli cut into small florets
  • Kosher Salt
  • freshly cracked black pepper
  1. In a large deep metal skillet over medium-high heat, add the wok oil. Stir in the thinly sliced garlic and red pepper flakes and cook until the garlic begins to lightly brown, about 1 minute. Remove metal skillet from the heat and reserve till the broccoli is ready.
  2. Meanwhile, Simmer broccoli covered in 1 inch of water for 3 minutes. Drain the broccoli. Rinse in cold water or place in an ice bath then drain the broccoli again.
  3. Add the rest of the oil and then the broccoli to the heated deep metal skillet with garlic and pepper flakes over medium-high heat and toss until tender and it begins to lightly color about 3-4 minutes.
  4. Season the broccoli with soy sauce, brown sugar, sesame oil, sweet rice vinegar, kosher salt, and fresh ground pepper, to taste. Turning in metal skillet till combined. Remove from the heat.
  5. Transfer to a serving bowl and serve with white rice or by its self if desired.
  6. Enjoy!




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