Vietnamese-Flavored Broccoli Rabe


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

Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
20 mins
4 servings, about 2/3 cup each


  • 1 bunch broccoli rabe (about 1 pound), trimmed and chopped

  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce (see Note)

  • 1 ½ teaspoons lime juice

  • 1 teaspoon sugar

  • 1 clove garlic, minced

  • 1/8-1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper

  • 1 tablespoon canola oil


  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 Facts (per serving)

67 Calories
4g Fat
6g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size about 2/3 cup
Calories 67
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 6g 2%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Total Sugars 2g
Added Sugars 1g 2%
Protein 4g 8%
Total Fat 4g 5%
Saturated Fat 0g 2%
Vitamin A 2998IU 60%
Vitamin C 24mg 26%
Folate 94mcg 24%
Sodium 335mg 15%
Calcium 124mg 10%
Iron 3mg 14%
Magnesium 25mg 6%
Potassium 229mg 5%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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