The bold taste of black bean-garlic sauce mellows into a rich and warming glaze in this fast Asian-style dish. Source: EatingWell Magazine, Winter 2004

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  • Toast sesame seeds in a small dry skillet over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until lightly browned and fragrant, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer to a bowl to cool.

  • Mix 1/4 cup water, vinegar and cornstarch in a small bowl. Add black bean sauce and stir until smooth.

  • Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet or stir-fry pan over medium-high heat. Add garlic and stir-fry until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add broccoli and stir to coat. Add the remaining 1/4 cup water; cover and steam just until the broccoli is tender-crisp, 1 to 3 minutes. Push broccoli to the sides and pour the sauce mixture in the center. Stir until the sauce begins to thicken, about 1 minute. Stir in the broccoli to coat. Serve immediately, sprinkled with the sesame seeds.


Ingredient Note: Black bean-garlic sauce, made from pureed salted and fermented black soybeans, is a widely used condiment in Chinese cooking and can be found with the Asian food in most supermarkets.

Nutrition Facts

53 calories; 2.9 g total fat; 0.3 g saturated fat; 133 mg sodium. 248 mg potassium; 5.8 g carbohydrates; 2.3 g fiber; 2.4 g protein; 2131 IU vitamin a iu; 67 mg vitamin c; 51 mcg folate; 37 mg calcium; 1 mg iron; 21 mg magnesium;

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Rating: 3 stars
I used twice the amount of sesame seeds added a pinch of chilli pepper flakes with garlic and 1/2 tsp of Chinese five spice with the broccoli. I also used some tofu I had left over in the fridge quite good! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
I didn't find that the sauce added anything to the broccoli it was quite watery and tasteless. Read More