Blanched Chinese Broccoli With Oyster Sauce Recipe

Blanched broccoli with oyster sauce

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  • Total: 15 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 10 mins
  • Yield: 4 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
55 Calories
0g Fat
12g Carbs
3g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 55
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 1%
Saturated Fat 0g 1%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 624mg 27%
Total Carbohydrate 12g 4%
Dietary Fiber 3g 9%
Protein 3g
Calcium 39mg 3%
*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.)

Oyster sauce nicely complements the slightly bittersweet taste of Chinese broccoli (gai-lan). Blanching turns Chinese broccoli a beautiful jade green, but you can use regular broccoli if it's not available. 


  • 10 ounces Chinese broccoli (gai-lan)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 slice ginger (about 1/2-inch thick)
  • For the Sauce
  • 3 tablespoons chicken broth (or water)
  • 2 tablespoons oyster sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Chinese rice wine (or dry sherry)
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Wash the Chinese broccoli; then cut off the ends, if not already trimmed, and cut into bite-sized pieces (about 2 inches long).

  3. In a large saucepan, add enough water to cover the broccoli. Add the salt, baking soda and ginger and bring to a boil.

  4. While waiting for the water to boil, prepare the sauce. Combine the chicken broth or water, oyster sauce, rice wine or dry sherry, and sugar.

  5. Bring to a boil in a small saucepan, then turn the heat down and keep warm while blanching the broccoli.

  6. Add the Chinese broccoli to the boiling water. Cook until the stalks are tender, but crisp - about 3 to 4 minutes.

  7. Rinse in cold running water and drain.

  8. Pour the sauce over the broccoli.

  9. Serve immediately and enjoy!