Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Stir-Fried Broccoli & Mushrooms

Simple, healthy and delicious, Stir-Fried Broccoli & Mushrooms are a quick and easy addition to any meal. Broken into small florets, the broccoli is sautéed with ginger and garlic for just a minute or so, to which sliced mushrooms are added and allowed to cook very briefly. A fragrant mixture of sweet oyster sauce, salty soy, nutty sesame oil and hot Sriracha chill sauce are then poured over the vegetables, along with a slurry of flour and water, which is added to thicken the sauce. Covered and cooked for another few minutes, the stir-fried Broccoli & Mushrooms are ladled while steaming hot into a warmed serving dish, garnished with sesame seeds and ideally served with a bowl of rice or over a bed of noodles, ensuring that none of the thick and fragrant sauce goes to waste.

The ginger and garlic are sautéed over medium-high until soft and fragrant, about 30 seconds

The broccoli florets and mushrooms are added and sautéed briefly, followed by oyster sauce, soy sauce, sesame oil and sriracha, plus a little flour and water to thicken the sauce

Stir-Fried Broccoli & Mushrooms
Serves 4

1 head broccoli, broken into generous bite-size florets
8 oz white button or Crimini mushrooms, sliced
1 tbsp vegetable oil
2 cloves garlic, finely sliced
1 2-inch knob fresh ginger, julienned
2 tbsp oyster sauce
1 tbsp soy sauce
1 tsp sesame oil
1 tbsp Sriracha hot sauce
1 tsp flour 
Sesame seeds, for garnish

In a small bowl, whisk together the oyster sauce, soy sauce, sesame oil and sriracha, and set aside. In a small cup, whisk the flour with a tablespoon of water to make a slurry, and add to the sauce mixture. Heat 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil in a wok or large sauté pan over medium-high and sauté the ginger and garlic for 30 seconds, or until they become soft and fragrant but not brown. Add the broccoli florets and sauté for 2-3 minutes, then add the mushrooms and continue to cook for another minute. Add the oyster sauce and flour mixture to the vegetables, stirring well to combine. Reduce the heat to medium-low, cover and continue to cook for 2 minutes, or slightly longer if you prefer softer broccoli. To serve, spoon the vegetables and sauce into a warm bowl and garnish with sesame seeds.