BROCCOLI STEM: Stir-fried broccoli stem

Stir-fried broccoli stem
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
15 mins
Why did it take me 40 years to find out that broccoli stems are delicious? As it turns out, I like them even better than broccoli! The stems have a mild asparagus-like flavor with a less-fibrous texture. You can use them anywhere you might use green asparagus, and cook them similarly.
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 2
  • stems from 2 heads of broccoli
  • 1 T butter
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic in slices
  • 1 T soy sauce
  • 1 T water
  • medium-size frying pan which can be covered tightly with a lid
  1. Peel the broccoli stems and cut them into rectangular sticks of about 1 inch by 1/4 inch. Some will be irrgularly shaped, that's fine. Slice the garlic if you haven't done so.
  2. Melt the butter and olive oil together in a medium-sized frying pan over medium-high heat.
  3. When butter is melted, add the broccoli stems and stir-fry for 3 minutes until starting to brown. Add garlic and stir-fry 30 seconds more.
  4. Turn heat down to medium, add soy sauce and water, then quickly cover the frying pan with a lid. Steam the broccoli stem this way for 4-6 minutes, until the stems are tender but not soft.
  5. Serve directly.

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