Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Recipe Favorites: Stir-Fried Broccolini with Oyster Sauce.

Broccolini(Updated March 2009) This easy stir-fried recipe is one of my favorite ways to cook broccolini, a vegetable I discovered by accident in 2006 when I become obsessed with broccoli rabe and tried for weeks to get my local grocery store to order it. One of the produce managers sold me broccolini instead, which turned out to be a very good thing because I discovered I love broccolini, and I've been cooking it ever since. Broccolini is a natural hybrid between broccoli and Gai Lan or Chinese Kale. Broccolini is different than "baby broccoli" which may not have the same sweet, peppery flavor that makes broccolini so good.

Stir-Fried Broccolini with Oyster Sauce and Garlic
(Makes about 4 servings, recipe adapted from The Joy of Cooking.)

1 large bunch broccolini, about 1 pound
1 T peanut oil or vegetable oil
2 tsp. minced garlic
2 tsp. minced ginger root (I used the microplane grater)
1/2 tsp. Chili Garlic Sauce (optional, it's quite spicy with this added)
1/4 cup chicken stock
1/4 cup oyster sauce (or a bit less, this has a strong flavor)
4-5 drops toasted sesame oil for drizzling over at the end

Cut broccolini into 2 inch pieces and rinse well.

Heat wok or large heavy frying pan for 1 minute, then add peanut oil, and heat 1 minute more, Add garlic, ginger root, and Chili Garlic Sauce if using, and stir-fry 15 seconds. Add the broccolini and stir-fry about 2 minutes.

Add chicken stock, cover pan and cook 4 minutes. Uncover and add oyster sauce, then cook over medium heat 3-4 minutes, until broccolini is bright green and still a little tender-crisp. Drizzle with a few drops of sesame oil and serve immediately.

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South Beach Suggestions:
This dish would be perfect for a side dish for any phase of the South Beach Diet. This would taste great with Sauteed Scallops with Garlic, Parmesan Chicken, or Pork Chops with Balsamic Glaze. For phase two or three, you could add something like Barley with Dried and Fresh Mushrooms.

More Ways to Cook Broccolini:
(Recipes from other blogs may not always be South Beach Diet friendly; check ingredients.)
Sauteed Broccolini from Serious Eats
Sauteed Broccolini from Kahakai Kitchen
Sauteed Broccolini with Garlic-Infused Bread Crumbs from Cook (almost) Anything At Least
Broccolini with Garlic Lemon Butter Sauce from Ezra Pound Cake
(Want even more broccolini recipes? I find these recipes from other blogs using Food Blog Search.)

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Alisa said...

I really like broccolini. I usually cook it in my steamer, but this sounds good.

Cate said...

You might want to send Alanna a permalink... check out this post.

karina said...

What a beautiful color! Wow.

sher said...

That looks delicious. I love those flavors--garlic, oyster sauce, ginger. They go pefectly with broccolini.

Fiber said...

This is a perfectly-timed post. I just picked up some broccolini without a recipe in mind, and this would be perfect.

Cyndi said...

Anyone want to suggest a substitute for oyster sauce? (DH has shellfish allergy)

Kalyn said...

Cyndi, I think Hoisin Sauce would be great in place of the oyster sauce.

Ed Charles said...

Just love this dish - Broccolini just seems to taste so fresh and healthy. great to be reminded that I should be cooking this sort of thing more often.

ejm said...

I adore rapini! The rapini we get is mostly leaves with just a very few of those little florets. We either stirfry it in olive oil with garlic and salt. Or we use it instead of broccoli in our favourite pasta dish (I can't remember if your diet allows pasta, Kalyn.)


Kalyn said...

EJM, yes I do eat pasta a lot but I use Dreamfields low carb pasta. Your pasta with ham and broccoli sounds just fantastic. I'm going to try it for sure.

ejm said...

It's really fantastic, Kalyn, even if it's I who say it. I hope you like it too.

For a whole other taste sensation, you should also keep badgering your supermarket manager to get hold of some rapini for you. Rapini is not sweet at all. I absolutely adore it.... (I love broccoli as well.)


wikipedia post on rapini

Pearl said...

oh my gosh my mother makes that too; she uses the vegetarian oyster sauce. i LOVE it.

Kalyn said...

Pearl, I've got to find that vegetarian oyster sauce; sounds very interesting.

Joanne said...

This would probably also be great with a few more veggies and some meat as a stir-fry! Thanks for the recipe.

Cate said...

Mmm, I love broccolini, and I bet it tastes great with the oyster sauce.

Jillian said...

I love stir-fried veggies!

neil said...

We love broccolini and oyster sauce, who would have thought something so fishy would go well with a range of vegetables.

Kalyn said...

Joanne, I think the possibilities are wide open!

Cate, I love it. I do find the oyster sauce a little strong sometimes so I'm going to look for the veg version!

Jillian, me too.

Neil, I know what you mean. Seems like an unlikely flavor pairing but works every time.

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

I have never bought broccolini - guess I never quite knew what to do with it, but now I have a great option!

LS said...

I thought we weren't allowed oyster sauce on phase 1?

Kalyn said...

LA, I have not heard that. I'm on vacation right now so I can't look it up or check the bottle, but at most you're eating about 1T oyster sauce.

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