Broccoli Stir Fry with Ginger and Garlic Sauce Recipe

Broccoli Stir Fry with Ginger and Garlic Sauce in a white oval bowl

My recipe for Broccoli Stir Fry with Ginger and Garlic Sauce is easy and healthy. This broccoli stir fry recipe is a lightened up and healthier version than what you can order at a Chinese restaurant and you can serve it as a delicious side dish for your next Allergy Aware Asian Fare meal.

This recipe is free of many top allergens (except for coconut aminos and sesame oil) and see recipe notes below for ideas on how to adapt a traditional broccoli stir fry recipe. (Minor updates on 4/26/2023)

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Chinese Style Stir-Fried Veggies are So Good!

My mom and mother-in-law were at my house recently and they were talking about how delicious Chinese restaurant style broccoli stir fry tastes in dishes such as broccoli beef. The broccoli pieces are bright green, lightly cooked, and still very tender. The florets soak up the sauce like an artist’s brush soaks up paint to tickle our palette. I don’t know how Chinese restaurants do it, but my broccoli stir fry recipe comes close to capturing all of the goodness of Chinese restaurant cooked broccoli without the excessive saltiness and oil.

Broccoli Stir Fry with Ginger and Garlic Sauce Recipe

Allergy Aware Sauces

The broccoli stir fry recipe as written is free of many top allergens (except for coconut amino and sesame oil) and is a nut-free, soy-free, seafood free recipe.

Optional: If you want to try a more traditional broccoli stir fry recipe, use soy sauce, oyster sauce, and sesame oil to create a sauce: 1 Tablespoon soy sauce + 1 Tablespoon oyster sauce + 1 teaspoon sesame oil + 1/2 teaspoon sugar + 2 teaspoon water + 1 teaspoon cornstarch.

  • If you are allergic to soy, use a soy sauce alternative.
  • If you are allergic to seafood, simply omit the oyster sauce and use an extra teaspoon of soy sauce (or alternative).
  • If you are allergic to both soy sauce and shellfish, try making a batch of top 8 allergen free soy-free soy sauce.
  • If you are allergic to sesame, then simply omit.
  • If you’re new to Nut Free Wok or wondering what which brand of ingredients that I use, be sure to read What’s In Nut Free Wok’s Cupboard.

Cooking tip: to quickly mince ginger or garlic, smash the whole garlic or piece of ginger with the side of cleaver (left in the photo below), then gather up the pieces and cut crosswise (right). Run the cleaver through the chopped pieces a few times and you will quickly have a mince in just a few minutes (not shown, but you get the idea!)..

Broccoli Stir Fry with Ginger and Garlic Sauce Recipe
Left: give a thick slice of ginger a smash with the side of your knife, then the ginger lengthwise. Right: turn the pile of ginger matchsticks sideways and finely chop, then chop a little more.

Broccoli with Ginger and Garlic Sauce Stir Fry

Course Side Dish, Vegetable Stir Fry
Cuisine Asian, Chinese Stir Fry
Keyword broccoli, stir fry
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 73 kcal
Author Sharon Wong @Nut Free Wok


  • 2 tablespoons coconut amino
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1 bunch of broccoli about 1 pound
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic minced 1 teaspoon
  • 1 inch piece of ginger minced (1 teaspoon)
  • 1 scallion chopped (1 tablespoon)


  1. Combine coconut amino, sesame oil, and cornstarch in a small bowl.
  2. Cut broccoli florets into 1 inch, bite sized pieces.
  3. Peel broccoli stems and cut into 1/4 inch rounds.
  4. Fill a 4 qt (medium) pot halfway with water and bring to boil, then add broccoli pieces and blanch for 1 minute.
  5. Drain the broccoli in a colander and rinse with cold water, drain.
  6. Heat up a large frying pan or wok at medium-high heat until a drop of water sizzles.
  7. Add 1 teaspoon of olive oil and swirl pan to coat.
  8. Add garlic and ginger, stir fry for 1 minute until fragrant.
  9. Add scallions, stir fry for 30 seconds and add broccoli pieces, stir fry for 1 minute.
  10. Stir the coconut amino and cornstarch mixture and add to the broccoli stir fry.
  11. Stir fry until the broccoli is heated through and the sauce thickens slightly, about 2 minutes.
  12. Remove from heat and transfer to a serving bowl.

Recipe Notes

See the original blog post on how to adapt the recipe for your allergies. A more traditional broccoli stir fry recipe would use soy sauce, oyster sauce, and sesame oil to create a sauce: 1 Tablespoon soy sauce + 1 Tablespoon oyster sauce + 1 teaspoon sesame oil + 1/2 teaspoon sugar + 2 teaspoon water + 1 teaspoon cornstarch.

What to serve with broccoli?

This dish is yummy enough to eat with a bowl of rice and a fried egg for a super simple lunch or dinner. That’s what I would do if I weren’t a mom cooking for others. lol However, as a food allergy mom, I try to round out my meals with a rice or a noodle dish, soup, or some kind of meat such as some of these recipes:

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Welcome to Nut Free Wok, a blog about Allergy Aware Asian Fare. I hope that you will find my food allergy mom experiences helpful and enjoyable to read as I write about recipes, cooking techniques, Asian ingredients, and food allergy related awareness and advocacy issues. My professional experiences include education, teaching, and a little bit of science and computers. Thank you for visiting! ~Sharon Wong, M.Ed.


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