Quick and Easy Vegan Broccoli with Spicy Garlic Sauce

Serves 4 servings     adjust servings

This is my favorite Chinese take-out dish. The broccoli makes it virtuous, but the spicy garlic sauce is what keeps me coming back for more. It's easier than you think to make at home, and you can make it as spicy as you want! Lots of cooking options on this to make it suitable for everyone: gluten-free option*, soy-free option**, no oil added option***


  • 1 to 2 tablespoons (15-30ml) olive oil or vegetable oil (***water saute instead)
  • 6 cups broccoli florets ( or 1- 1 lb/454g bag frozen)
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch

Sauce ingredients

  • 1/2 cup (118g) vegetable broth or water
  • 2 tablespoons (30ml) soy sauce (*use a gluten-free brand or **use coconut aminos instead)
  • 2 tablespoons (40g) agave nectar or maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon (15ml) sesame oil (***use tahini or leave out)
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons red pepper flakes, depending on how you like it


  1. Mix the sauce ingredients in a measuring cup and set aside.
  2. Heat the oil (***or water) in a wok or large saute pan over medium-high heat. Once the oil is hot add the broccoli and saute until they start to soften, about 3 to 5 minutes (depending on the size of the florets)
  3. Mix in all but 2 tablespoons of the sauce. Then stir the cornstarch into the leftover sauce until there are no lumps then add that to the pan. Cook until the sauce thickens, about 3 to 5 minutes.
  4. Serve over rice.
  5. If you like yours extra-saucy go ahead and make a double batch of the sauce. Also, try making this with thin Japanese eggplant cut into strips or even with a mix of veggies and tofu cubes.


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