Spicy Stir-Fried Broccoli Stems

This recipe for Spicy Stir-Fried Broccoli Stems is for everyone who likes to nibble on the broccoli stems while they’re cutting it up!
total time: 21-22 MINUTES prep time: 15MINUTES cook time: 6-7 MINUTES


  • 1 lb. broccoli stems (about 8 thick stems)
  • 1 T oil (I used peanut oil but grapeseed oil would also be good)
  • 1 T minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup diagonally sliced green onion for garnish (optional)


  • 1 T soy sauce (I used low sodium soy sauce)
  • 2 tsp. Hoisin sauce
  • 2 tsp. Chili Garlic Sauce
  • 1 T Splenda, Stevia granulated sweetener, or sugar


  1. Cut off both ends of the broccoli stems, trimming away any discolored parts.
  2. Use a sharp knife to trim extra leaves or ribs from the stems and then peel with a sharp vegetable peeler.
  3. Cut the peeled stems on the diagonal into slices about 1/2 inch thick.
  4. In a small glass mixing cup or bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, Hoisin sauce, Chili Garlic Sauce, and Stevia granulated sweetener, or sweetener of your choice.
  5. Mince the garlic and thinly slice the green onions.
  6. Heat a wok or large heavy frying pan over high heat for one minute.
  7. Add the oil and heat for 30 seconds more, or until the oil is shimmering.
  8. Add the garlic and stir-fry about 30 seconds, or until the garlic is fragrant.  (Watch carefully and don’t let it get brown.)
  9. Add the broccoli stems and cook, turning often, until the broccoli stems are starting to get slightly browned, but are still a little crisp, about 6 minutes.
  10. Lower heat to medium, add the sauce and cook stirring for one minute more.
  11. Serve hot, with green onions scattered over for garnish if desired.


This recipe created by Kalyn to feed her craving for broccoli stems.

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