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Chinese Broccoli Recipe with Sesame Soy Sauce

Chinese Broccoli Recipe with Sesame Soy Sauce

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This Chinese Broccoli Recipe with Sesame Soy Sauce is so easy to make and makes a delicious veggie side dish – Chinese Broccoli drizzled with a delicious garlicky sesame soy sauce?

What is Gai Lan aka Chinese Broccoli?

If you’ve never had Gai Lan, it’s also known as Chinese Broccoli or Chinese Kale! In Chinese, there’s also several dialects or spellings – so it’s also known as Jie-Lan and Kai-Lan too.

Whatever it is called, it’s a very delicious leafy green veggie and pretty common in Chinese food.

Fun fact! Broccolini is actually a hybrid between broccoli and gai lan.

Chinese Broccoli with Oyster Sauce Customization

This recipe is very customizable. One variation that is the most popular is to serve Chinese broccoli with Oyster sauce. You can definitely do this easily with this recipe if you prefer! All you have to do is substitute the soy sauce with oyster sauce.

At my home, we usually do a sesame soy sauce with lots of smashed garlic, which is how I will show you to make in this recipe too.

Vegan Friendly

I want to note that this Chinese Broccoli Recipe with Sesame Soy Sauce is actually vegan as we are not using oyster sauce. Not many people know but oyster sauce is made with oyster extract which makes it not vegan friendly.

If however, you do want oyster sauce, you could look for some Vegan Oyster Sauce also.

How to make Chinese broccoli?

First gather your ingredients:

  • 1 lb chinese broccoli aka gai lan
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 3-5 cloves of garlic, minced or smashed
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce (or oyster sauce if you prefer)

Prepare the Chinese broccoli by rinsing it in water and then cutting off the ends of the stalk.

In a wok or large pot, add water and bring to a boil. Be sure not to put too much water as we will be adding the Chinese broccoli later. Add 1 tsp of salt and olive oil in the water and mix well.

In a large mixing bowl, add 1 tsp of salt, and garlic and place aside.

Once the water is boiling, add Chinese broccoli in to the boiling water, making sure to submerge all of it. We will want to cook it until tender and bright green which can take about 2-4 minutes, and then remove vegetable from heat and place in mixing bowl. With tongs or chopsticks, mix well with salt and garlic.

Chinese Broccoli Recipe with Sesame Soy Sauce

Remove Chinese broccoli and garlic, and place on a serving plate. Drizzle with sesame oil and then with soy sauce and serve!

Chinese Broccoli Recipe with Sesame Soy Sauce
Chinese Broccoli Recipe with Sesame Soy Sauce
Chinese Broccoli Recipe with Sesame Soy Sauce
Chinese Broccoli with Sesame Soy Sauce

Chinese Broccoli with Sesame Soy Sauce

Prep Time: 8 minutes
Cook Time: 4 minutes
Total Time: 9 minutes

Chinese Broccoli aka Gai Lan drizzled with a delicious garlic sesame soy sauce! This Gai Lan recipe is easy to make and so delicious!

Ingredients

  • 1 lb chinese broccoli aka gai lan
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 3-5 cloves of garlic, minced or smashed
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce

Instructions

    1. Prepare the Chinese broccoli by rinsing it in water and then cutting off the ends of the stalk.
    2. In a wok or large pot, add water and bring to a boil. Be sure not to put too much water as we will be adding the Chinese broccoli later. Add 1 tsp of salt and olive oil in the water and mix well.
    3. In a large mixing bowl, add 1 tsp of salt, and garlic and place aside.
    4. Once the water is boiling, add Chinese broccoli in to the boiling water, making sure to submerge all of it. We will want to cook it until tender and bright green which can take about 2-4 minutes, and then remove vegetable from heat and place in mixing bowl. With tongs or chopsticks, mix well with salt and garlic.
    5. Remove Chinese broccoli and garlic, and place on a serving plate. Drizzle with sesame oil and then with soy sauce and serve!
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 104Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 1839mgCarbohydrates: 8gFiber: 4gSugar: 1gProtein: 3g

The nutrition information for this recipe is an approximate total per serving. Please double check the nutrition information for your exact ingredients and brands for more precise nutrition information.

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If you love this Chinese Broccoli Recipe with Sesame Soy Sauce, then you will also want to check out my Beef Chinese Broccoli (Gai Lan) Stir Fry recipe!

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