The bold taste of black bean-garlic sauce mellows into a rich and warming glaze in this fast Asian-style dish.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
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; protein 2.4g 5% DV; carbohydrates 5.8g 2% DV; exchange other carbs 0.5; dietary fiber 2.3g 9% DV; sugarsg; fat 2.9g 5% DV; saturated fat 0.3g 1% DV; cholesterolmg; vitamin a iu 2130.5IU 43% DV; vitamin c 66.5mg 111% DV; folate 51.1mcg 13% DV; calcium 37.2mg 4% DV; iron 0.7mg 4% DV; magnesium 20.6mg 7% DV; potassium 248.4mg 7% DV; sodium 133mg 5% DV; thiamin 0.1mg 6% DV.

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Rating: 4 stars
I didn't find that the sauce added anything to the broccoli it was quite watery and tasteless. Read More
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