3-Ingredient Garlic Broccoli Stir Fry

Sometimes simplicity is the best. Although I love my roasted veggies with their heavenly char, this garlic broccoli stir fry is one of my favorite broccoli dishes.

Use 5 minutes and 3 ingredients to create the best broccoli dish!

Simply separate the broccoli florets, sear them in garlic infused olive oil, pour in chicken broth, and braise while covered until tender. That’s it! The florets are soaked with a flavorful broth that makes you want to devour a whole head of broccoli within minutes.

The dish is inspired by a dish I had in Dali Courtyard, a hidden Yunnan restaurant in the old Hutongs of Beijing. But, instead of using a wok, I chose to use a large flat carbon steel skillet because it heats up 10x faster on my electric stove than my wok, which has a tiny contact surface area.

Use 5 minutes and 3 ingredients to create the best broccoli dish!

The braising part is the key. Compared to your usual oven roasting method or blanching, this recipe does not require you to heat up the oven, or boiling a pot of water. So, you save extra 15 minutes, plus you can finish up cooking in one pan! The hot pan will steam the broccoli in a minute, and lightly crisp up the garlic at the same time. The cooking is as simple as steaming broccoli in a microwave, but the result is heavenly.

For a light dinner, I sometimes simply throw some leftover chicken into the pan and let it heat up with the veggies – and then I have dinner in 5 minutes!

Cooking video

I recorded a short video to show you how easy it is to cook this dish. Find more videos to learn Chinese cooking on my YouTube channel!

Looking for more simple side dishes like this? Check out my broccoli with oyster sauce, baby bok choy with garlic dressing, four-ingredient okra stir fry, and vinaigrette cabbage.

I hope you all enjoy the dish as much as I do. Bon Appétit!

Use 5 minutes and 3 ingredients to create the best broccoli dish!

If you give this recipe a try, let us know! Leave a comment, rate it (once you’ve tried it), and take a picture and tag it @omnivorescookbook on Instagram! I’d love to see what you come up with. Cheers, friends!

5.0 from 2 reviews
3-Ingredient Garlic Broccoli Stir Fry
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Recipe type: Side Dish
Cuisine: Chinese
Serves: 2 to 4
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 big head broccoli, separated into florets
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup chicken stock
  1. Heat a large heavy-duty skillet until hot. Add oil. Swirl to coat the bottom. Add garlic and broccoli, and sprinkle with salt. Cook and stir to coat broccoli with oil.
  2. Add chicken stock. Cover and cook for 1 minute, or until the broccoli reaches your desired doneness. Turn to low heat and carefully taste the broccoli. Adjust seasoning by adding more salt, or cover to cook a bit longer if necessary.
  3. Serve warm.



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Hi I'm Maggie Zhu! Welcome to my site about modern Chinese cooking - including street food, family recipes, and restaurant dishes. I take a less labor-intensive approach while maintaining the taste and look of the dish. I am originally from Beijing, and now cook from my Austin, Texas kitchen.

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6 thoughts on “3-Ingredient Garlic Broccoli Stir Fry

  1. Thomas

    This looks delicious and super easy! When I was growing up, it was common to melt cheese on broccoli to make it tastier, but bacon and garlic sounds even better.

  2. Scott

    I would not specifically go out of my way to prepare a vegetable dish midweek 🙂 My standard is steamed broccoli, carrots and green beans.

    1. Maggie Post author

      Steamed vegetables are so healthy and easy to prepare! For me, a midweek vegetable dish need a bit more flavor, so always go for stir-fry.

  3. Julie

    Hi Maggie,
    I tried this recipe the other day. I wasn’t expecting much, because I’ve had broccoli so many ways, but it just goes to show you how a good technique and few good ingredients can transform. I loved this… it had tons of flavor and I will make it again many times!