Broccoli and red bell pepper tossed with a spicy peanut sauce makes a delicious side or stir in some cooked chicken or tofu to make it a main dish.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, January/February 2011


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Whisk peanut butter, 1/4 cup water, brown sugar, 1 tablespoon soy sauce and vinegar in a medium bowl until smooth. Set aside.

  • Heat oil in a wok or large skillet over medium heat. Add broccoli and cook, stirring frequently, until beginning to soften and brown in spots, about 6 minutes.

  • Add the remaining 1/4 cup water and 1 tablespoon soy sauce to the pan along with bell pepper and garlic. Cook, stirring frequently, until the pepper has softened and the liquid has evaporated, 2 to 4 minutes. Remove from the heat; stir in the reserved peanut sauce and season with crushed red pepper. Garnish with peanuts.


People with celiac disease or gluten-sensitivity should use soy sauces that are labeled "gluten-free," as soy sauce may contain wheat or other gluten-containing sweeteners and flavors.

Nutrition Facts

326.1 calories; protein 10.7g 21% DV; carbohydrates 21g 7% DV; exchange other carbs 1.5; dietary fiber 5.7g 23% DV; sugars 8.9g; fat 22.6g 35% DV; saturated fat 2.9g 15% DV; cholesterolmg; vitamin a iu 1977.1IU 40% DV; vitamin c 145.5mg 242% DV; folate 93.3mcg 23% DV; calcium 65.8mg 7% DV; iron 1.5mg 9% DV; magnesium 46.9mg 17% DV; potassium 501.3mg 14% DV; sodium 374.8mg 15% DV; thiamin 0.1mg 12% DV; added sugar 4g.

Reviews (15)

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15 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 7
  • 4 star values: 7
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
Easy and delicious! I left out the brown sugar and it still tasted amazing. I wanted to eat the sauce with a spoon! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This is a delicious recipe! Made it as directed the first time but added chicken. We decided after that it didn't need any meat to be satisfying. This time I reduced the fats (oil and peanut butter) and sugar and omitted peanuts and it was still very tasty filling and MyFitnessPal-friendly. Will make again and will try a few more tweaks. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
I added additional veggies (onion zucchini) and served this over linguine and to me it tasted like pad thai. The spiciness of the pepper flakes is tempered by the creaminess of the peanut butter. Very comforting in cold weather! Pros: restaurant-good no fancy ingredients Read More
Rating: 5 stars
healthy treat this was great!! I swapped the brown sugar for a shake of brown sugar drop of agave syrup and bit of ground nutmeg ginger & onion powder. I also added a small piece of chopped fresh ginger when the peppers & garlic were added...added a Saracha and it still wasn't too spicy. i cooked chicken in the a TBS of the peanut sauce 1st w/ a little olive oil Saracha & soy sauce. Pros: easy & used what I already had on hand Cons: if you cook the pb sauce in your pot it makes a mess; be sure to only add it at the end! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Best Stir-Fry in My Books! This is such an addicting dish! I love to cook for my family. My mother's never been much of a chef but I love it and cook dinner all the time. I made this a few years ago and am just researching it for my fitness log but oh the memories of trying it the first time! I almost always add onions and have added bean sprouts in the past. I stir it up with breaded tofu to make it a hearty vegetarian meal and serve it over a small bed of hot jasmine rice. Very good I go back for seconds every time! You can add pretty much anything you want to it! I also up the crushed red pepper flakes because I like the spice but if you're not a fan you can omit them altogether and it will turn out fine. Keep in mind I am a very picky eater so if I like it so much you probably will too! And so will your kids;3 Once I'm off in University next year I'm sure my friends and family will have me make it every time I see them. Pros: Rich filling healthy versatile Cons: Fatty (good fat though!) Read More
Rating: 5 stars
One of my favourite meals! This is a perfect recipe if you want something rich and filling! It's a perfect balance of sweet and spicy and is still good for lunch the next day. Tastes great with breaded tofu over saffron rice as well. Plus the ingredients aren't hard to find. I often add onions and bean sprouts to it for added crunch and flavour but that's your choice! I make this for my parents and younger sister all the time pretty much as often as possible. Happy cooking! Pros: Easy simple ingredients quick Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Exactly the guide I was looking for I used TJ's almond butter but it was DELISH! I played around with the ingredients consistency etc. Added stir-fried Tofu and served it over brown rice. Perfect! Thank you! Pros: Substitute/Adjust as you wish Cons: None Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Tasty! I actually selected this sauce after reading reviews that it was too rich and at too high a ratio to the vegetables. That was exactly what I wanted to make. It turned out very tasty! I would recommend cooking the vegetables first and then stirring in the sauce once that pan is off the heat (or even when the veggies are on the plate if you want to just top it with the sauce). However I wanted something mostly sweet and peanuty to go with my broccoli and this fit that perfectly. I definitely will make it again! Word of caution though: it is a very rich sauce so a little goes a long way and is very filling. But also delicious. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Peanuty delicious broccoli stir fry This stir fry was loaded with protein and healthy vegetables. My husband said it could be eaten for dessert it was so tasty. I'm no cook and it was easy and fast to stir up. I chose not to add the spicy red pepper seasoning - I think kids would love it. We had it as a side dish with chicken and dipped it into the sauce too- delish!! Pros: Masks the taste of broccoli - kids would love it. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Best home stir fry Best stir fry I have made at home I used 4 lg heads broccoli And doubled the sauce also added thai rice noodles came out perfect will try adding chicken or tofu next time. Pros: Very easy and quick Read More
Rating: 4 stars
too much peanut butter Either need less peanut butter or more broccoli. There was too much sauce for the amount of broccoli. But tasted delish! Pros: yummy Read More
Rating: 2 stars
I would only give this 3 stars mostly because I'm in agreement with 1 of your comments......the sauce was way too thick/sticky and to me in need of lots more acid......the peanut butter was too overwhelming. Plus the recipe could have used more veggies maybe double the broccoli or pepper or perhaps adding some big slices of onion? Love peanut butter and to experience the interesting flavor of peanut sauce which we've never had it was worth making.......but in the end will not make again. Pros: Got to experience peanut sauce Cons: Too heavy Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Kick it up a notch Love the peanut sauce in this recipe. Some changes I recommend: - steam the broccoli can taste burnt per the recipe's direction -saute the garlic with pot-stickers then add sauce and steamed broccoli -great main course with leftovers that reheat well Pros: Quick and great sauce Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Very good I threw in some shredded chicken and served it over brown rice. The sauce was a nice change for me since I haven't had anything with peanut butter sauce in a long time (though I do like peanut butter). I used Skippy since that was all I had on hand. Probably would have tasted better with an organic/natural peanut butter. As usual need to cook broccoli longer than time in recipe. I would definitely make it again. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Excellent I added tofu (stir fried tofu in wok and removed prior to following the rest of the recipe). Then added back at end with sauce. This is a relatively simple delicious and healthy recipe. I added asian rice noodles right to the mixture and doubled the sauce (I still think it could have used a little more). The sauce was a little thick so next time (and there will be a next time) I would add more of the water/soy sauce/rice vinegar to the mix to think it out a bit more. Perhaps even a splash of sesame oil to coat everything and make it a little less sticky. This could be made with any variety of vegetables and protein. Easy enough for a weeknight. Pros: Great taste and easy preparation. Cons: Not enough sauce (for me). Sauce a little too thick. Read More