Quick Broccoli With Oyster Sauce

Quick Broccoli With Oyster Sauce

The Spruce / Julia Hartbeck

Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 10 mins
Total: 15 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
84 Calories
3g Fat
13g Carbs
4g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 84
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3g 3%
Saturated Fat 0g 2%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 521mg 23%
Total Carbohydrate 13g 5%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Protein 4g
Calcium 77mg 6%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Broccoli with oyster sauce is a common Chinese side dish that makes a savory addition to any meal. Not only is this recipe easy to prepare, but it's also incredibly fast to cook, perfect after a busy day. It's the ideal dish to offer those who refuse to eat their vegetables; one bite of this tasty recipe is sure to change any picky eater's mind.

Although oyster sauce is made from shellfish, it does not have a fishy taste. Instead, it combines brininess with sweetness, offering true umami flavor. Serve the broccoli with oyster sauce alongside any of your favorite Chinese main dishes, such as General Tso's chicken or char siu (barbecued pork). Or make it part of a vegetarian meal featuring a variety of dishes.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound broccoli florets
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
  • 1 tablespoon dark soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon sesame oil
  • Salt, to taste
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 4 teaspoons water
  • 2 tablespoons white sesame seeds, for garnish

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Quick broccoli with oyster sauce ingredients

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  2. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the broccoli and blanch for 2 to 3 minutes, until tender but still crisp.

    Blanch broccoli in a large pot of water

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  3. Remove the broccoli and plunge briefly into ice-cold water.

    Broccoli in cold water

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  4. Drain the broccoli well. Set aside in a serving bowl.

    Drained broccoli in a bowl

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  5. In a small saucepan, bring the chicken broth, oyster sauce, ​dark soy sauce, granulated sugar, and sesame oil to a boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Add salt to taste.

    Chicken broth, oyster sauce, ​dark soy sauce, granulated sugar, and sesame oil in a saucepan

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  6. In a small bowl, dissolve the cornstarch into the water to create a slurry.

    Cornstarch and water mixture in a bowl

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  7. Add the cornstarch slurry to the sauce and stir constantly until thickened.

    Cornstarch mixture added to the sauce

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  8. Pour the sauce over the blanched broccoli.

    Sauce poured over broccoli

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  9. Serve garnished with the sesame seeds.

    Quick broccoli with oyster sauce on a plate with sesame seeds

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  10. Enjoy.

Tip

The heat from the sauce should warm up the broccoli, but if it is too cool for your taste, place everything back into the saucepan and gently warm over medium-low heat. Be careful not to overcook or else the broccoli will become mushy and lose its bright green hue.

Health Benefits

Broccoli is full of vitamins such as A, B1, B6, E, C, and K, which help to regulate mood and cholesterol. Broccoli is also high in omega-3 fatty acids, which help lower inflammation in the body. The combination of vitamin K and calcium makes this vegetable an excellent food to maintain healthy bones. Broccoli also is great for lowering blood sugar naturally. It’s considered a "good carb" that's high in fiber, making it an especially good side dish for diabetics.


Oysters are also loaded with essential minerals such as zinc, selenium, copper, and iron. They also contain many of the same vitamins as broccoli, making this meal even more nutritious.

Article Sources
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    1. Shivaprya Manchali et al. “Crucial facts about health benefits of popular cruciferous vegetables." Journal of Functional Foods, vol. 4, no. 1, 2012, pp. 94-106.