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Sweet Ginger Broccoli Stir-Fry Recipe with Tofu or Chicken

Updated on January 31, 2008
sweet ginger broccoli stir-fry recipe with chicken
sweet ginger broccoli stir-fry recipe with chicken

This delicious broccoli stir-fry uses a unique ginger orange sauce, giving it an attractive sweet and spicy flavor. This healthy stir-fry dish can be made with chicken or tofu so that it is vegan and vegetarian or meat friendly. Served over rice it is a very filling meal.

Sweet Ginger Broccoli Stir-Fry Recipe with Tofu or Chicken

serves two



  • a generous splash of rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon minced ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon orange zest
  • 1 small dollop of Thai chili sauce
  • 2 boneless chicken breasts OR 2/3 block of extra-firm tofu
  • rice wine or cooking sherry up to the level of the meat/tofu

sweet ginger orange sauce:

  • 3 Tablespoons rice wine or cooking sherry
  • 1/2 cup fresh squeezed orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon rice vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons hoisin sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger root
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon Thai chili sauce


  • 2 heads of broccoli
  • 1/2 of a medium-sized sweet onion
  • 1 carrot
  • 4-6 Tablespoons vegetable or peanut oil

serve over:

  • rice

Preparation Instructions:

1).First, if you are using tofu, you will need to press and dry-fry it. Cut the tofu into 1/2 inch thick triangles. Gently press between woven cloths to remove excess moisture. Dry-fry in a Teflon pan over medium heat with NO OIL, pressing with a spatula frequently. It is done when firm and golden on both sides. (See How to Cook Tofu Like the Pros: Dry-fry and Marinate Method for detailed instructions on pressing and dry-frying tofu, a professional technique).

2). Stir together the marinade ingredients, adding the tofu. If you are using chicken, cut the breasts into bite-sized pieces and then put them in the marinade.

3). Wash and chop all of your vegetables. For the broccoli, use only the flowerets.

4). Once the meat or tofu has been marinating twenty minutes, start the rice cooking according to the instructions for the variety you are using.

5). Prepare the sauce by mixing all of the ingredients together well.

6). When the rice has only another five minutes left to cook, start the stir-fry. Heat a well-seasoned wok until smoking over medium-high to high heat (or use a large pan if you do not have a wok). Add about 4-6 Tablespoons vegetable or peanut oil to the wok, then add the drained tofu or drained meat and the vegetables. Stir-fry over high heat just until the broccoli is tender but still slightly crunchy. Cut the heat and toss the stir-fry with the sauce.

7). Serve over rice. Enjoy!

sweet ginger broccoli stir-fry recipe with tofu
sweet ginger broccoli stir-fry recipe with tofu


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      carol stanley 5 years ago from Arizona

      The picture alone is tantalizing. And I always enjoy a healthy new recipe. The ingredients cover most of what we need for a meal. Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe. I am going to bookmark and vote up.

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      TheFoodyGuy 5 years ago from Portland Oregon USA.

      So being me I cannot stick to a recipe but love finding ones where I can use the scaffolding where I can bolt my own ideas onto. I loved this recipe, my changes were lime zest/juice instead of orange-I know not really authentic but you know the zingyness worked really well. I used tofu as we are playing with that at the moment but I think the sauce would be wonderful over say sesame shrimp [home made not the nasty bought ones]. I also added some chili flakes and a teaspoon of brown sugar as I love the whole hot sweet sour element.

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      Polly 6 years ago

      A good flavor with the citrus overtones. we liked it a lot. Since we like "heat", I added some jalapeno peppers to the early stir fry

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      bobw 9 years ago from Laurel, DE

      Nice hub page and an excellent recipe.