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


Recipe Summary

20 mins


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 calories; protein 10.7g; carbohydrates 21g; dietary fiber 5.7g; sugars 8.9g; fat 22.6g; saturated fat 2.9g; vitamin a iu 1977.1IU; vitamin c 145.5mg; folate 93.3mcg; calcium 65.8mg; iron 1.5mg; magnesium 46.9mg; potassium 501.3mg; sodium 374.8mg; thiamin 0.1mg; 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
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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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
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
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: 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