Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Stir-fry Broccoli Stems

Serve 4            prep: 10 mins  Cook: 6 mins


  • Large, thick stems from 4 bunches broccoli
  • 1 T oil 
  • 1 T minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup diagonally sliced green onion for garnish (optional)
  • 1 tsp Sesame Seeds
  • 1 tsp Sesame Oil
  • 1 T salt & a pinch of salt to taste


  1. First cut off the ends of the broccoli stalks, which might be kind of brown if the broccoli has been in the fridge for a while.
  2. Use a sharp knife to cut away the smaller ribs and leftover pieces of leaves.Then use a sharp vegetable peeler to peel the stems carefully, then cut them into thin julienne strips about 2 inches long. 
  3. Place in a colander and sprinkle with the salt. Set aside for 10 minutes to drain, then rinse with cold water and gently squeeze out excess liquid.
  4. Heat the pan over medium-high heat for one minute, add the oil and heat 10 seconds, then add the garlic and cook about 30 seconds.  Then add the broccoli stems and start to stir-fry.
  5. Continue to cook the broccoli stems until they are starting to brown but are still crisp, about 6 minutes.
  6. Sprinkle sesame seeds and Sesame oil, taste to salt: Mix gently and remove from heat.
  7. Serve hot, garnished with green onions if desired.

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