|Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 3g||3%|
|Saturated Fat 0g||2%|
|Total Carbohydrate 13g||5%|
|Dietary Fiber 4g||14%|
|*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.|
Broccoli with oyster sauce is a common Chinese side dish that makes a savory addition to any meal. Not only is this dish easy to prepare, but it's also incredibly fast to cook. After a long day at work, no one wants to spend hours in the kitchen.
This recipe can be increased easily for a large party or even for pre-made lunches throughout the week. It might be hard to convince children to eat their vegetables, but a bite of this tasty recipe is sure to change any picky eater's mind.
Gather the ingredients.
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.
Remove the broccoli and plunge briefly into ice-cold water.
Drain the broccoli well. Set aside in a serving bowl.
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.
In a small bowl, dissolve the cornstarch into 4 teaspoons of water to create a slurry.
Add the cornstarch slurry to the sauce, and stir constantly until thickened.
Pour the sauce over the blanched broccoli.
Serve hot, garnished with the sesame seeds.
Health Benefits of This Recipe
If you're looking to substitute your daily multivitamin with vegetables, broccoli is a good place to start. It's 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 also considered a "good carb" that's high in fiber, making it an especially good side dish for diabetics.
Oysters also are 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. Even though they are consumed in sauce form here, many consider oysters to be an aphrodisiac, making this dish a great way to add a little something special to a date if slurping raw oysters just isn't your style.