Broccoli fried rice is a delicious, easy and filling weeknight recipe that you can prepare under a total time of 20minutes.
This is a wholesome and nutritious dish that you can serve on its own . This fried rice is a perfect dish to make when that sudden Asian takeout cravings hit.
Broccoli fried rice recipe is my go to dish when I get my hands on tender broccolis.They go very well in Asian recipes and pairs beautifully with tofu.
For this recipe, I keep broccoli and tofu as base and add few other veggies and greens as per availability. This time around I have added some methi or fenugreek leaves and colored bell peppers.
The recipe is fairly simple. All you need to do are
- cook and cool the rice- have some leftover rice? It would be perfect for this recipe, use it.
- Steam the broccoli
- Stir fry the vegetables with sauces and toss the rice.
If you have fussy eaters that would not touch broccoli this rice is a good choice for them. Here the florets are cooked yet they remain crunchy and perfectly seasoned.
Grab the ingredients and try out this recipe today. Read on for tips, detailed step wise recipe and some variations you can make with this recipe.
This Broccoli Fried Rice Is
easy weeknight dinner in 20 minutes
super quick to make
better than takeout versions.
Rice– you will need cooked and cooled rice just like for any fried rice recipe. I usually cook the rice in the afternoon and let it cool thoroughly to make broccoli fried rice for dinner.
If you leftover rice, it would be perfect for this recipe. If you are cooking the rice for fried rice, spread the cooked rice on a plate and cool thoroughly.
You can use any type of rice here. I have used white basmati rice this time. For more hearty texture try brown rice instead of white rice. You can also use Thai jasmine rice or regular short grain ones too.
Broccoli– Use fresh and tender ones with dense tight florets. For 2 cups cooked rice I like to use 1.5 cups broccoli florets. You can also use 1 cup if you prefer.
Tofu– We just love tofu in this rice. I always use extra firm tofu that has been pressed for 20 minutes for fried rice recipes. If you prefer crispy ones, you can pan fry or even bake the tofu until crispy before adding to the rice.
Adding a protein component makes the rice filling, hearty and satiating.
Peppers- I have used colored bell peppers here for flavor and crunch.
Greens– I like to throw in some greens in this rice if I have them handy. I have used tender fenugreek leaves or methi leaves. They are slightly bitter and add a wonderful taste and flavor.
Sauces– I have used just two sauces here. My homemade chili sauce and a dash if dark soy sauce. Use good quality naturally brewed low sodium soy sauce for best flavor.
Salt and pepper– As per taste. Use white pepper for mild flavor.
Sesame seeds– I love the addition of sesame seeds in this recipe. They add such a nice crunch, flavor and taste. I have used a mix of black and white ones.
How To Make This Recipe Gluten Free?
To make gluten free broccoli fried rice just use tamari instead of soy sauce. If you use any other sauce, just make sure they are gluten free too.
What Other Vegetables Go Well In This Recipe?
Along with broccoli you can add cauliflower florets in this recipe, You can also stir fry carrot, snow peas, beans, baby corn in this recipe.
Greens like bok choy, baby spinach, kale go very well in this rice.
How To Make This Rice More Filling?
To make broccoli fried rice more filling and satiating, add a protein component. I usually add tofu cubes or paneer cubes in this recipe. You can also add
- bean sprouts
Cooking rice- Make sure to cook the rice in such way that the grains are non sticky and separate. Please refer to my post on how to cook basmati rice for more details.
It should be cooked al dente so that while sauteing again with vegetables it does not get mushy.
Cooking broccoli- You can either steam the broccoli and stir fry it with the sauces as I did here or roast the broccoli before hand and add to the other stir fry ingredients along with tofu.
If you like crispy roasted broccoli go for it. I make this rice usually for a quick weeknight dinner, so I take this easy route mostly.
Sesame oil- If available please use sesame oil for this recipe. It adds a wonderful depth and flavor to the rice. Using sesame oil in Asian recipes given that authentic touch usually.
If sesame oil is not available you can use peanut oil or any vegetable oil rather than using olive oil.
Use a good wok– As with any fried rice recipe, please use a good broad pan for this recipe. A Chinese wok would be the ideal choice here. If it is not available use a good cast iron or carbon steel pan for best results.
Cook in high flame– Cook the entire recipe in high flame for best smoky flavor signature to takeouts and restaurants. This holds good for most of the indo chinese recipes.
What To Serve Broccoli Fried Rice With?
This is a wonderful flavor packed dish that tastes great on its own. You can serve with some chili vinegar or any spicy dipping sauce.
You can also serve this as side dish in any Asian meal along with veg manchurian, crispy baby corn, veg stir fry etc.
Step By Step Method
Cook and cool the rice thoroughly. If you are cooking rice fresh, spread the cooked rice on a plate and let it cool. You can even place the rice in refrigerator and chill too.
Slice the onions and bell peppers. Next mince the ginge garlic and set aside.
Press the extra firm tofu for 20 minutes, cut into cubes and set aside.
Separate the broccoli into small bite size florets. Par boil or steam them for 3-4 minutes. Set aside.
Making Broccoli Fried Rice
Heat sesame oil in a large wok until it smokes. Add ginger garlic minced, chili flakes and saute for few seconds. Next add sliced onion and saute for few seconds.
Add cleaned fenugreek leaves if using and saute. You can also add scallion greens or bok choy greens instead of methi leaves.
Next add the sliced bell peppers and saute well.
Now add steamed broccoli and saute.
Next in goes the sauces. Also add a splash of vinegar and stir to combine.
Add the cubed tofu, salt to taste and mix.
Add cooked rice and toss in high heat for a minute.
Finally throw in the sesame seeds and mix.
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Broccoli Fried Rice
- 2 cups cooked rice
- 1.5 cups broccoli florets
- 100 grams tofu pressed and cubed
- 1 tablespoons sesame oil
- 1 inch ginger peeled and minced
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 1/2 cup onion sliced
- 3/4 cup bell peppers sliced
- 1 cup greens methi or chopped bok choy
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 2 teaspoon chilli sauce
- 1 teaspoon vinegar
- salt to taste
- cracked peppercorns to taste
- 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
- Cook & cool the rice thoroughly. If you are cooking rice fresh, spread it on a plate and let it cool. You can even place it in the refrigerator and chill too.
- Thinly slice the onions and bell peppers. Mince the ginge garlic and set aside.
- Press the extra firm tofu for 20- 30 minutes, cut into cubes and set aside.
- Separate the broccoli into small size florets. Par boil or steam the florets for 3-4 minutes and set aside.
- Heat oil in a large wok until it smokes. Add the ginger garlic minced, chili flakes and saute for few seconds. Next add the sliced onion and saute for few seconds.
- Add the cleaned fenugreek leaves if using and saute. You can also add chopped scallion greens or bok choy greens instead of methi leaves.
- Next add sliced bell peppers and saute well. Now add the steamed broccoli and saute.
- Next add the sauces. Also add vinegar and stir to combine.
- Add the pressed and cubed tofu, salt to taste and mix.
- Add the cooked rice and toss in high heat for a minute.
- Finally throw in the sesame seeds & mix.
- Serve immediately