Cooking adventures; Spicy stir fried broccoli with a tangy cream sauce

Posted by on August 22, 2013 at 9:36 am.

Early this morning I made a spicy broccoli dish. As with many of my dishes, they start out as one thing but turn into something else.

This was a dish that was just going to be stir fry broccoli, but as I was adding the ingredients together, I thought it might be nice to add a roux. The broccoli didn’t come from our garden, it was fairly fresh since I purchased them from our local produce store.

I ground up herbs and spices in my granite mortar and pestle and tossed that into the roux.

Vegan-Spicy Broccoli_1


After the roux was thoroughly blended I  added it to the skillet. It smelled lovely and tasted even better. I had a small portion. But, even though I liked it, I thought it would be much better if I introduced something sweet. Perhaps I’ll add a bit of sweet potato and some pineapple juice to the sauce to pair with the spiciness?

Vegan-Spicy Broccoli_2


I had no time to do that this morning, but it’s an easy fix that I”ll take care of sometime this afternoon.

This meal is perfect served alone, or perhaps with a side order of brown rice or served over zucchini pasta!


  • suituapui says:

    That’s a lot of sauce. Broccoli overseas is so fresh I would just boil lightly and eat like that – so sweet and crunchy. Same with cauliflower – ours here is hopeless, imported. It does not have the nice fragrance, absolutely bland/tasteless.
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    Opal Reply:

    @suituapui, Yep we have lots of fresh broccoli here, the majority of the broccoli I get comes from our garden we usually eat it raw or I lightly steam the broccoli.

    This broccoli was cooked for about four minutes at a much higher heat. It’s still much more flavorful than using canned or prepackaged frozen broccoli, but still some of the flavor is lost, which is why I usually don’t prepare it this way.

    I prepare broccoli at a high heat, when I make her much loved broccoli and cheese soup. I tend to add the broccoli at the end though, turn the heat down on low, since I do love the flavor of fresh broccoli.

    My daughter loves a lot of sauce which is why I made sure to add enough to satisfy her. The good news is, there’s enough to coat the pasta that she loves so much. 🙂
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