A popular Chinese side dish, steamed Chinese broccoli with hoisin couldn’t be easier to make at home. Ideal for entertaining, this dish is naturally gluten-free, paleo, vegan, and whole 30.
We grew up going out for dim sum with our extended family and to this day it remains a cherished family tradition. In addition to all of my favorite dumplings like shumai, shark fin, shrimp and more, I love ordering a side of steamed Chinese broccoli drizzled with sweet hoisin.
Chinese broccoli is not the same as American broccoli. It’s more of a leafy vegetable that pretty much pairs well with any dish.
Where to find Chinese broccoli?
It’s readily available (and very affordable) at Asian grocery stores. Alternatively, if you can’t find Chinese broccoli, feel free to sub out with broccolini or regular broccoli.
How do you prepare Chinese Broccoli?
To prepare the Chinese broccoli, simply remove the bottom 1-inch of the steams which can be a bit tough. The rest can be cut any way you wish – either in thirds, halved or left in long pieces. It typically depends on how thick the Chinese broccoli is.
Once the Chinese broccoli is bright green you know it’s tender and ready to eat. This typically only takes about 5 minutes or so.
To serve, I love to garnish with minced scallions and drizzle with hoisin sauce. If you’re not familiar with hoisin sauce, it’s a Chinese barbecue sauce that is sweet and fragrant.
Where can hoisin sauce be purchased? Hoisin sauce is readily available online, at Asian grocery stores and at large national retailers.
If you’re looking to add a little spice to this dish serve with a little Sriracha or chili garlic paste.
Looking for some other broccoli options? Check out these recipes:
- Oven Roasted Broccoli with Hoisin Dipping Sauce
- Steamed Broccoli with Sesame Seeds and Soy Sauce
- Chicken and Broccoli Stir-Fry
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Sautéed Chinese Broccoli with Hoisin
- 2 pounds Chinese broccoli (or broccolini )
- 1 tablespoon olive oil (or oil of choice)
- 2 cloves garlic (minced)
- 1/2 cup chicken broth (or veggie broth)
- salt and pepper (to taste)
- scallions (minced, to garnish)
- hoisin (optional garnish)
- Trim the Chinese broccoli bottom stems, about one inch, and discard. Cut the remaining broccoli into thirds.
- Heat olive oil in a deep pan or wok over medium high heat. Add garlic and saute until fragrant, about 30 seconds, before adding in the Chinese broccoli. Toss with tongs to evenly coat. Saute for about 1 minute before pouring in the chicken broth. Bring to a boil then cover and reduce to low. Steam until Chinese broccoli is bright green, about 4 minutes.
- Serve Chinese broccoli on a large plate and garnish with scallions and drizzle with hoisin sauce before eating.
How do you prepare Chinese Broccoli?To prepare the Chinese broccoli, simply remove the bottom 1-inch of the steams which can be a bit tough. The rest can be cut any way you wish - either in thirds, halved or left in long pieces. It typically depends on how thick the Chinese broccoli is.
How do you know when Chinese broccoli is done?Once the Chinese broccoli is bright green you know it's tender and ready to eat. This typically only takes about 5 minutes or so.
How can I make Chinese broccoli spicy?Serve with a little Sriracha or chili garlic paste.
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