Vietnamese-Flavored Broccoli Rabe

Vietnamese-Flavored Broccoli Rabe

4 Reviews
From: EatingWell Magazine March/April 2010

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

Ingredients 4 servings

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  • 1 bunch broccoli rabe (about 1 pound), trimmed and chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce (see Note)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/8-1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil


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  1. 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.
  2. Combine fish sauce, lime juice, sugar, garlic and crushed red pepper to taste in a small bowl; stir until the sugar is dissolved.
  3. 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 information

  • Serving size: about 2/3 cup
  • Per serving: 67 calories; 4 g fat(0 g sat); 3 g fiber; 5 g carbohydrates; 4 g protein; 94 mcg folate; 0 mg cholesterol; 2 g sugars; 1 g added sugars; 2998 IU vitamin A; 24 mg vitamin C; 124 mg calcium; 2 mg iron; 335 mg sodium; 229 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin A (60% daily value), Vitamin C (40% dv), Folate (24% dv)
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 0
  • Exchanges: 1 vegetable, 1 fat

Reviews 4

June 05, 2015
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By: EatingWell User
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
June 20, 2012
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By: EatingWell User
this sounds AWESOME! can't WAIT to try it!
August 19, 2010
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By: EatingWell User
Weird flavor, didn't like it. It went down the garbage disposal.
March 23, 2010
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By: EatingWell User
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