Dinner Tonight: Broccoli Sautéed with Crisp Garlic Recipe

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Gordon Ramsay’s In the Heat of the Kitchen has been fun to look through, but I haven’t really been able to put it to much use. Most of the recipes seem rather complex for a hectic weekday night. So I was a little surprised to find this quick little broccoli recipe stuck between “Caramelized baby onions with beet jus” and “corn fritters with lime crème fraîche." With only eight ingredients, seven of which I had already, this proved to be a perfectly practical side.

While the crisp garlic is fun and those onions sure do add a lot of sweetness, what really separates this dish from a standard accompaniment is the oyster sauce. It somehow binds all the ingredients and transforms this into an interesting side dish worth paying attention to. It’s such a simple addition, too. This, of course, all depends on whether you have oyster sauce just hanging around the fridge ready to go in to random dishes. I do. Its cost is so small, and it keeps surprising me with dishes like this one.

Recipe Facts

Cook: 25 mins
Total: 25 mins
Serves: 3 to 4 servings

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  • 1 head broccoli, thick stems removed, and cut into florets

  • 2 tablespoons sunflower or olive oil

  • 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced

  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil

  • 1 onion, thinly sliced

  • 2 tablespoons oyster sauce

  • Salt and pepper


  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Also, get a large bowl of ice water ready. When water is boiling, dump broccoli in and blanch for 2 minutes. Drain broccoli and transfer to ice water. When cooled, dry broccoli in a towel.

  2. Pour oil into a large pan over medium heat. Add garlic slivers and sauté until golden brown. Remove garlic with a slotted spoon and drain on a paper towel.

  3. Toss onions into pan and cook for 5 minutes, or until softened. Add broccoli and cook until hot, about 2-3 minutes. Turn off heat, pour in oyster sauce, and sprinkle garlic slivers atop. Season with salt and serve.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)
155 Calories
11g Fat
14g Carbs
4g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 3 to 4
Amount per serving
Calories 155
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 2g 8%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 448mg 19%
Total Carbohydrate 14g 5%
Dietary Fiber 5g 17%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 90mg 451%
Calcium 66mg 5%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 450mg 10%
*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.)