Spicy Chinese Broccolini Recipe

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If you love broccolini but have never tried making it before or never had it before but are curious, here’s an Easy Chinese Broccolini Recipe to try!   

What is Broccolini?

As you probably already know, Broccolini is a green vegetable similar to broccoli but with smaller florets and longer, thinner stalks. However, here’s an interesting fact you might not know –  Broccolini is actually a natural hybrid of Broccoli and Gai Lan (Chinese Broccoli)!

This is super interesting to me because I grew up with both Broccoli and Gai Lan as a common household dishes my mom made. So it is apparently no surprise I like Broccolini!  Apparently, it’s their secret (or not so secret) love child!

Sesame Oil

As you may already know, sesame oil is made from sesame seeds. There are actually different types! The two that I normally keep in my pantry are light sesame oil and dark sesame oil.

For this recipe, use light sesame oil (aka pure sesame oil). Light sesame oil can be used as a cooking oil, similar to vegetable oil, except of course it gives off a delicious sesame flavor.

Ingredients

  • 1 bunch broccolini
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 3 clove garlic, minced
  • Salt, as desired
  • 1 tbsp hot chili sauce (ex: Chili Bean Paste and/or Sichuan Peppercorn)

Instructions

Fill a large skillet with water and bring to a boil. Add broccolini and cook for about 1 to 2 minutes or until bright green.


Remove broccolini from water.  I removed them with tongs and then put it in a colander to drain, but you can also use a strainer, or which ever way you like.  

Heat sesame oil in the a skillet over medium heat. 

Cook and stir garlic in the hot oil for about a minute, and then add the hot chili sauce.

Add the cooked broccolini to the skillet with salt as desired, and stir fry for about 2 to 3 minutes or until bright green and tender.

Remove from heat and serve!

Chinese Broccolini Recipe
Chinese Broccolini Recipe

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Easy Asian Broccolini

Ingredients

  • 1 bunch broccolini
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • Salt, as desired
  • 1 tbsp hot chili sauce (optional if you like spicy, I use a homemade spicy chili oil that has szechuan peppercorns)

Instructions

  1. Fill a large skillet with water and bring to a boil. Add broccolini and cook for about 1 to 2 minutes or until bright green.
  2. Remove broccolini from water. I removed them with tongs and then put it in a colander to drain, but you can also use a strainer, or which ever way you like.
  3. Heat sesame oil in the a skillet over medium heat.
  4. Cook and stir garlic in the hot oil for about a minute, and then add the hot chili sauce.
  5. Add the cooked broccolini to the skillet with salt as desired, and stir fry for about 2 to 3 minutes or until bright green and tender.
  6. Remove from heat and serve!

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 101Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 155mgCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 1gSugar: 0gProtein: 1g

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13 comments

  1. This is our favorite veggies and we have to have it once per week. So delicious !

  2. Broccolini is my fav! This recipe looks great!

  3. Avatar Emily @ Recipes to Nourish says:

    My husband would love this – he loves all things spicy (extra hot) and broccolini. Two of his favorites.

  4. Always looking for a new way to cook broccolini so it’s not so bitter. Maybe it just is? A spicy version sounds great, though!

  5. I love broccolini. The flavors in your recipe sound so good. YUM!!

  6. What a flavorful way to cook up broccolini, there’s been tons of it lately at the store, so I’d better put it on the grocery list to try this out!

  7. One of my favorite veggies! Love the way you cooked them. Looks so so delicious.

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