Looking for an easy, super flavorful side dish? This Thai Sweet Chili Broccoli is simple to throw together and super delicious.
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**Udate: This post has been updated since its original post date in 2014. Photos, text and recipe have been updated.
Tender crisp, charred broccoli tossed in a slightly thickened sweet Thai chili sauce is the perfect side dish to grilled chicken and a bit of brown rice.
You have to try this! It been a long time staple in our dinner routine.
Ingredients for Thai Sweet Chili Broccoli
How to Make Thai Sweet Chili Broccoli
Start by cutting your broccoli into bite-size florets. Heat a skillet over medium heat and once hot, add the vegetable oil and broccoli.
Cook, stirring occasionally, until the broccoli starts to brown in spots. This will take about 5 minutes.
Add some water and allow it to steam a bit. This will help make the broccoli tender crisp to the bite.
While the broccoli is cooking, mix up the sauce. Whisk together the soy sauce and cornstarch in a bowl. Once well combined, add the remaining ingredients.
Once the broccoli is tender crisp, meaning it still has a bite to it but isn’t super hard like when raw, add the sauce to the pan. Stir to coat the broccoli and cook for a minute or two, until the sauce is thickened and glossy.
Sprinkle with sesame seeds if desired.
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Thai Sweet Chili Broccoli
- 1 Tbsp. vegetable oil
- 3 cups fresh broccoli florets
- 1 Tbsp. soy sauce
- 2 tsp. cornstarch
- 1/3 cup vegetable broth
- 1 tsp. minced garlic
- 1 Tbsp. sweet chili sauce
- 2 tsp. sesame oil
- sesame seeds, for garnish
- Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add oil and broccoli. Cook, shaking the pan often, until broccoli begins to sear and get some brown spots. After 5 minutes, add 2 tablespoons of water to slightly steam the broccoli. Cook until bright green, slightly tender but still crisp.
- Meanwhile, whisk together the soy sauce and cornstarch in a bowl. Add remaining ingredients to the bowl and whisk. Pour over the broccoli in the skillet and cook for 2 minutes, stirring often, until the sauce is thickened and the broccoli is coated. Sprinkle with sesame seeds if desired.