Broccoli Stir Fry with Ginger and Sesame

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Quick and easy broccoli stir fry with ginger and sesame, takes less than 30 minutes to make, start to finish!

Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

Do you get broccoli cravings?

Some people get chocolate cravings. I get broccoli cravings. Sometimes I think it’s my body’s way of telling me I’ve been laying on the bacon a bit too thick (or maybe the chocolate!) But honestly I could eat broccoli every day of the year and not get tired of it.

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Here’s a quick and easy recipe for broccoli, stir-fried with a little ginger and sesame. The broccoli florets are quickly stir-fried initially, then steamed in a sauce of stock, sesame oil, and soy sauce.

This quick cooking technique works best with the florets. Don’t discard the broccoli stalks, peel them and slice them thick and eat them raw like you would a carrot; the raw stalks are great with dips.

What’s your favorite way of preparing broccoli? Our everyday standby is steamed broccoli but we’re always looking for ideas.

Recipe and photos updated, originally published 2007.

Broccoli Stir Fry with Ginger and Sesame Recipe

  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4


  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • 1/2 cup chicken or vegetable stock (use vegetable stock for vegan option)
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce (use gluten-free soy sauce for gluten-free option)
  • 1 tablespoon dark sesame oil
  • Peanut oil or canola oil
  • 1 pound broccoli florets, rinsed, patted dry, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced (about 1 Tbsp)
  • 1 Tbsp minced fresh ginger


1 Toast the sesame seeds: Toast the sesame seeds by first heating a small, stick-free sauté pan on medium high heat. Add the sesame seeds and jiggle the pan so they spread out in a single layer.

Let them cook until lightly browned, stirring occasionally, about 2-3 minutes. Do not walk away from them while cooking, as once they start to brown they can easily burn. Once lightly toasted remove from heat and put into a small bowl.

2 Mix stock, soy sauce, sesame oil: Mix the stock, soy sauce, and dark sesame oil together in a small bowl, set aside.

3 Sauté the broccoli, garlic, ginger: Heat 1 tablespoon of peanut oil or canola oil in a large, cover-able sauté pan on medium high heat. Add the broccoli florets, stir to coat the florets with the oil, Sauté for about a minute.

Clear a space in the middle of the broccoli and add the ginger and garlic. Add a little more oil to the ginger and garlic (about a teaspoon) and sauté for half a minute, stirring just the garlic and ginger, until fragrant. Then stir the garlic and ginger in with the broccoli.

4 Add the stock soy mixture and simmer: Add the stock soy sesame oil mixture to the pan. Bring to a simmer, reduce the heat and cover. Let cook for 2-3 minutes, until broccoli is still firm, but can be pierced with a fork. Remove from heat.

Remove broccoli with a slotted spoon to a bowl. Return pan to heat, increase heat to high and boil down the liquid until just a couple tablespoons remain.

Turn off heat, return broccoli to the pan, add the toasted sesame seeds, toss with the liquid. Put into a serving bowl.

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Adapted from a recipe in Vegetables Every Day by Jack Bishop.

Broccoli Stir Fry Ginger Sesame

Elise Bauer

Elise Bauer is the founder of Simply Recipes. Elise launched Simply Recipes in 2003 as a way to keep track of her family's recipes, and along the way grew it into one of the most popular cooking websites in the world. Elise is dedicated to helping home cooks be successful in the kitchen. Elise is a graduate of Stanford University, and lives in Sacramento, California.

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  1. TKruz

    Excellent. Heads were fresh and on sale.
    Will make again, served with a side of spring rolls for no meat Monday.


  2. Aryuna

    Love this! So simple and fast. And healthy ish).
    After cooking it a few times. I simplified it to the bare bones. Fry up broccoli, add garlic, pour soy sauce and little water. Simmer. Still good. Works for this busy mama.


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  3. Jen

    this is divine! I just had it for lunch with some couscous and I loved it. also threw in some sliced carrots with the broccoli which added nicely to the flavours. though I was too lazy to take out all the vegetables to let the sauce reduce, so I just left it all simmerinng it in the pan until it had the consistency I wanted :)

  4. Tracy

    Made this tonight and it wonderfully flavorful! Stuck to the original recipe. Will be making this again soon. Thanks for the recipe!

  5. Emese

    I tried this and it was AMAZING. Thanks! :-)

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