Nothing is better than a fresh recipe to start the week! Today, I will introduce this simple and delicious broccoli bacon stir-fry. The crisp broccoli is infused with plenty of garlicky and smoky flavor, and it is a healthy and delicious dish for a busy week day dinner.
The Secret to Cooking Perfect Stir Fried Broccoli
Lightly boil the broccoli florets in a large pot of water with several drops of oil and a pinch of salt. This way, the broccoli will keep its bright green color, be easy to cook through during stir-frying, and have a tender yet crisp texture.
Don’t worry if the blanched broccoli still has water on the surface before stir-frying. On the contrary, the water will help to speed up the stir-fry process. The water will evaporate immediately when it touches the hot skillet and give broccoli florets a quick steam to help them cook through faster.
Do not over cook the broccoli. The florets will turn too soft and start to fall apart.
The bacon adds nice flavor to this dish, but it’s not necessary. For a vegetarian dish, simply skip the bacon and the rest of the dish will taste just as good.
For a quick dinner, try out my yummy grilled chicken wings with steamed rice, or use leftover rice to cook fried rice to go with the broccoli. You can even pack the leftovers in your lunch box the next day.
What is your favorite vegetable dish for a weekday dinner?
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 500 (18 ounces) grams broccoli, separate florets and cut large florets to bite size
- 1/4 teaspoon salt and extra to add to boiling water
- 1/4 teaspoon chicken bouillon
- 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 and 1/2 tablespoons minced garlic
- 1/2 teaspoon minced ginger
- 3 slices lean bacon, chopped
- Bring a medium-sized pot of water to a boil. Add 1 tablespoon of oil, a pinch of salt, and the broccoli. Boil for 1 minute, until half cooked. Remove broccoli with a colander immediately and use cold tap water to chill broccoli to prevent continued cooking. Drain and set aside. Do not dry broccoli with paper towel.
- Mix salt, chicken bouillon, and black pepper in a small bowl. Set aside.
- Heat a nonstick skillet over medium high heat and add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil. Add garlic, ginger, and bacon. Stir constantly until the edges of the bacon turn brown. Add broccoli and carefully sprinkle the seasoning mixture evenly over the top of the broccoli. Stir broccoli with a spatula to mix spices well, until the liquid in the skillet is mostly absorbed and the broccoli is cooked through. Stop heat. Place broccoli on a plate and pour the rest of the liquid and garlic on top of the broccoli.
- Serve warm as a side.
The nutrition facts are calculated based on 1 of the 4 servings generated by this recipe.