Korean-Style Broccoli With Gochujang

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Korean-inspired broccoli stir fry

 

Today I rolled out of bed at an embarrassingly late hour and just wanted something light and fresh to salvage the day.  But just because something is healthy doesn’t mean it has to be flavorless- take Korean food, for example.  Korean cuisine has lots of healthy options, as many of the dishes are full of vegetables and soups that fill you up without weighing you down.  My grandma includes fresh or cooked vegetable side dishes with most meals, and I made this recipe with her in mind! This broccoli side dish features gochujang, which is a red chili/soybean paste that’s as widely used as ketchup in Korean cuisine.  It lends a spicy and slightly savory-sweet flavor that goes great with broccoli.  Most Asian supermarkets carry gochujang, and even Amazon has it!

 

Korean-inspired broccoli stir fry

Korean-Style Broccoli With Gochujang

(serves 4 as side dish)

4 broccoli crowns, snapped into smaller pieces

3 tsp gochujang

2 tsp sesame oil

2 tsp soy sauce

1 tbsp and 1 tsp rice vinegar

2 tsp minced garlic cloves

sesame seeds to garnish

 

Instructions

1. Heat sesame oil in wok or deep frying pan on medium-low heat. Add garlic and broccoli and sauté for 4 minutes, stirring continuously.

2.  Mix gochujang, soy sauce, and rice vinegar together in a bowl.  Add the mixture to the broccoli and garlic and stir to coat.

3. Reduce heat to low and cover (with large plate if using a wok).  Cook for 6-8 minutes, or until just fork tender. Stir again to coat broccoli in any remaining sauce in the pan.

4. Remove from pan, garnish with sesame seeds.

 

5 comments

  1. Stephanie says:

    Funny cuz i just had some broccoli with gochujang too! Another great way is to lightly blanch or steam the broccoli and dip it in gochujang+rice vinegar+sesame seed sauce :D

    • lily says:

      That actually sounds like it’d be easier to clean up! This recipe is good but the gochujang gets stuck to the pan so it’s a hassle to clean!

  2. Sophie says:

    Way too salty!! Im used to eating korean food but this was just overpowered by salt taste. I would leave out the soya sauce.

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