Spicy Stir-Steamed Broccoli with Cashews

I made this as a light lunch for myself, and it was so good that the recipe is definitely going to appear as a side dish for a larger audience. Steamed broccoli is great, and stir-steamed broccoli is even greater – it’s a quick method that gives pleasantly crispy results. Simply seasoned with nothing more than chili flakes, soy sauce, and lemon juice, this broccoli was probably the best I’ve cooked so far.


I always peel and slice the thicker stems of broccoli and use them in my cooking as well – they have a nice mild taste that reminds me of kohlrabi. I didn’t measure the soy sauce, and soy sauces also vary in how salty they are, so the amount might need a little adjusting.

  • 1/2 dl cashew nuts
  • 300 g broccoli, in florets, stems peeled and sliced
  • 1/2 dl water
  • 1 teaspoon chili flakes
  • 1 tablespoon light soy sauce
  • a squeeze of lemon juice

First, I prepped the broccoli, and heated a non stick frying pan over high heat. Then I toasted the cashews for a few minutes, until they started to brown, and added the broccoli and the water in the pan. Now, I stirred the broccoli for a few minutes until the liquid had more or less evaporated, and then added the chili flakes to the pan. After a minute or so , I added the soy sauce, and stirred until most of the liquid was gone. At this point the broccoli was cooked on the outside and still crispy on the inside.

I removed the pan from heat, added a splash of lemon juice, and enjoyed my simple lunch!


  1. Posted April 7, 2008 at 14:13 | Permalink

    So simple! I’m sure going to enjoy this any time soon.

  2. Posted April 9, 2008 at 02:34 | Permalink

    Looks yummy! You two have just been tagged!

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  3. Posted April 9, 2008 at 17:43 | Permalink

    So simple and delicious looking. dang, i love broccoli so much! i love your blog and pictures even more.

  4. Posted May 1, 2008 at 06:22 | Permalink

    Broccoli is my favorite! Thanks for posting this recipe :)

  5. ramesh
    Posted September 13, 2009 at 09:29 | Permalink

    you didn mention about using oil to stir. am i right? am sorry..i’ve no cooking experience..just starting to learn.

  6. Anni
    Posted September 14, 2009 at 09:08 | Permalink

    ramesh – I don’t use oil in this, that’s why it’s “stir-steamed” instead of “stir-fried”! The broccoli steams in the little bit of water I add in the pan. No problem, I hope this helps!

  7. Posted May 18, 2010 at 18:18 | Permalink

    very nice,lucy

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