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Broccoli cashew stir fry

November 9, 2021 · Nicole Triebe

This one skillet Broccoli Cashew Stir Fry is the easiest meal to make and packed with amazing flavor! You’ll love this easy and adaptable weeknight dinner idea!

Quick and easy dinner ideas are a game changer as a busy mom. Lucky for me, stir fry dishes couldn’t be easier to make at home! It’s customizable, but it’s basically broccoli, ginger, garlic and soy sauce in a pan.  You’re free to add in other ingredients, i.e. sesame oil to give it even more flavor,  but if you stick to the basics, you’ll still have a delicoius meal!

Stir-fry originates from China. The stir-fry is a cooking technique used by the Chinese in which ingredients are fried in a small portion of hot oil while stirred occasionally in a wok.

This cooking technique became popular in recent centuries and spread to Asia, the North and West. This cooking technique was preferred by the Italians for its ability to preserve the sulforaphane, glucosinolate, and isothiocyanates compounds of the broccoli food. I am excited to share tips for cooking this mouth-watering and inexpensive healthy vegetarian dish.

Ingredients you need to make this stir fry

raw broccoli florets in a bowl on cutting board

Make sure you have all these ingredients for the broccoli cashew stir-fry meal!

1½ tablespoon of brown sugar

1 tablespoon Water

2 tablespoons. Soy sauce

1 tablespoon sweet chilli sauce

1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar

2 tablespoon olive oil

4 cups broccoli florets

½ cup halved cashews

1/2 teaspoon eat green garden chives, or 1 tsp fresh chives, chopped

1/2 teaspoon eat green garden basil, or or 1 tsp fresh basil, chopped

1/2 teaspoon eat green ginger, or or 1 tsp fresh ginger paste

1/2 teaspoon eat green garden Freeze dried garlic, or two garlic cloves, minced

This easy broccoli cashew stir fry dinner recipe takes just 15 minutes from the stove to the table!

How to make broccoli stir fry

Step 1: Set your stove at high heat

Step 2: Cut-off the florets from the broccoli and cut them into small pieces. Use a vegetable peeler to remove the hard layer of the skin and peel the stalk, then slice it into 1/4 thin inches.

Step 3: In a medium bowl, stir the brown sugar with water, soy sauce and rice wine vinegar together until the sugar has dissolved. Mix in the chives, basil, ginger and garlic. Set aside!

Step 4: Then heat the olive oil in a large frying pan and add the broccoli florets. Make sure you do not add too much or little oil than is required.

Step 5: Stir-fry uncovered, for 2-3 minutes. Add the cashews, and then cook for another minute. Make sure you have set the heat high to avoid slow cooking.

Step 6: Next add the brown sugar or soy sauce mixture to the stir-fry.

Step7: Mix well and cook for another 1-2 minutes, until the sauce has reduced.

Step 8: Remove from heat

Step 9: Serve broccoli cashew stir fry over white or brown rice

Step 10: Finally, garnish with the sesame seeds and serve!

Tips for making the best broccoli stir fry

Slice the florets in half. This will give you more browned edges, and ensure even, faster cooking.

Don’t overcook the broccoli. The cook time for sauteed broccoli florets will vary a bit depending on the size, but I like to cook mine for about 6-9 minutes total. The broccoli should be lightly browned and crispy, but still tender and crisp.

Can you freeze broccoli stir fry?

This broccoli cashew stir fry recipe is best right after cooking, but you can freeze it if needed. After you cool the broccoli cashew stir fry, spread them out onto a lined cookie sheet and freeze until solid. Then transfer to a freezer bag.

Reheat just until hot. It will lose a little crunch, but still shouldn’t be mushy!

broccoli cashew stir fry in a bowl over white rice with chopsticks placed on top of bowl.

What should I serve with stir fry

Add some protein with Asian Turkey Meatballs with Spicy Peanut Sauce

Serving a crowd? Serve alongside Spicy Cashew Chicken

Need some extra veggies? Try my Crispy Air Fryer Brussels Asian Sprouts

Thanks for reading! If you make this recipe please come back and let me know how you like it by leaving a rating and review. 

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Broccoli cashew stir fry

  • Author: Nicole Triebe
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Asian

Ingredients

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1 ½ tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon water
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon sweet chili sauce
1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
2 tablespoon olive oil
4 cups broccoli florets
½ cup halved raw cashews
1/2 teaspoon eatgreengarden chives or 1 tsp fresh chives, chopped
1/2 teaspoon eatgreengarden basil or 1 tsp fresh chives, chopped
1/2 teaspoon eatgreengarden ginger or 1 tablespoon ginger paste
1/2 teaspoon eatgreengarden Freeze dried garlic, or 2 garlic cloves, minced
To serve:  sesame seeds


Instructions

Stir together brown sugar, water, sweet chili sauce, soy sauce and rice wine vinegar, chives, basil, ginger and garlic.  Set aside.
Heat olive oil in a large frying pan and add the broccoli florets.  Stir-fry uncovered, for 2-3 minutes. Add cashews, and cook for another minute
Add the brown sugar/soy sauce mixture. Mix well and cook for another 1-2 minutes, until the sauce has reduced.
Serve over white or brown rice. Garnish with sesame seeds and serve! 
 

Keywords: stir fry; dinner; broccoli; vegetarian

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