A simple dressing of fish sauce, lime juice and hot pepper gives broccoli rabe a Vietnamese twist. Try it with grilled pork and rice.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, March/April 2010


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Instructions Checklist
  • Cook broccoli rabe in a large pot of boiling water until bright green and barely tender, 1 to 2 minutes. Drain in a colander and gently press out as much water as possible.

  • Combine fish sauce, lime juice, sugar, garlic and crushed red pepper to taste in a small bowl; stir until the sugar is dissolved.

  • Heat oil in a Dutch oven or large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the broccoli rabe and cook, stirring, until just tender, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in the fish sauce mixture and cook, stirring, 1 minute more.


Ingredient Note: Fish sauce is a pungent Southeast Asian condiment made from salted, fermented fish. Find it in the Asian-food section of large supermarkets and in Asian specialty markets. We use Thai Kitchen fish sauce, lower in sodium than other brands (1,190 mg per tablespoon), in our nutritional analyses.

Nutrition Facts

67 calories; protein 4.2g 8% DV; carbohydrates 5.5g 2% DV; exchange other carbs 0.5; dietary fiber 2.9g 12% DV; sugars 1.6g; fat 4.1g 6% DV; saturated fat 0.3g 2% DV; cholesterolmg; vitamin a iu 2997.7IU 60% DV; vitamin c 23.8mg 40% DV; folate 94.4mcg 24% DV; calcium 124.2mg 12% DV; iron 2.5mg 14% DV; magnesium 25.4mg 9% DV; potassium 228.6mg 6% DV; sodium 335.1mg 13% DV; thiamin 0.2mg 19% DV; added sugar 1g.

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Rating: 4 stars
Weird flavor didn't like it. It went down the garbage disposal. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Asian side dish We grow broccoli rabe in our garden and this is on a frequent rotation. Fast and easy and a great side with Asian food like miso salmon or tonkatsu. Pros: quick and easy Read More
Rating: 5 stars
this sounds AWESOME! can't WAIT to try it! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I like this with the rabe but like it even more with fresh turnip greens. This is a regular on our dinner side dish rotation! I add a bit more garlic and fresh Thai chili s. Lovely. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
I did not blanch the vegetable. I stir fried it with the garlic for 3 minutes added 2 Tbsp water covered x 2 minutes and then added the mixture of lime sugar fish sauce (I substituted 2 minced anchovies) and red pepper (I substituted 1 Tbsp Szechuan sauce). It was delicious and attractive on the plate Read More