Spicy Stir-Fried Broccoli & Peanuts

Spicy Stir-Fried Broccoli & Peanuts

15 Reviews
From: EatingWell Magazine, January/February 2011

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.

Ingredients 4 servings

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  • ⅓ cup creamy natural peanut butter
  • ½ cup water, divided
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce, divided
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1½ pounds broccoli crowns, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 large red bell pepper, sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼- ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper, or to taste
  • ¼ cup chopped unsalted peanuts


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  1. Whisk peanut butter, ¼ cup water, brown sugar, 1 tablespoon soy sauce and vinegar in a medium bowl until smooth. Set aside.
  2. 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.
  3. Add the remaining ¼ 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 information

  • Serving size: about 1 cup
  • Per serving: 326 calories; 23 g fat(3 g sat); 6 g fiber; 21 g carbohydrates; 11 g protein; 93 mcg folate; 0 mg cholesterol; 9 g sugars; 4 g added sugars; 1,977 IU vitamin A; 145 mg vitamin C; 66 mg calcium; 2 mg iron; 375 mg sodium; 501 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (242% daily value), Vitamin A (40% dv), Folate (23% dv)
  • Carbohydrate Servings:
  • Exchanges: ½ other carbohydrate, 2 vegetable, 3 fat

Reviews 15

March 05, 2019
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By: StarryPuddles
Easy and delicious! I left out the brown sugar and it still tasted amazing. I wanted to eat the sauce with a spoon!
January 01, 2019
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By: angela
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.
December 16, 2015
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By: EatingWell User
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
April 27, 2015
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By: EatingWell User
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!
January 05, 2015
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By: EatingWell User
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!)
January 28, 2014
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By: EatingWell User
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
October 07, 2013
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By: EatingWell User
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
September 03, 2013
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By: EatingWell User
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.
January 04, 2013
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By: EatingWell User
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.
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