Stir-Fried Sesame Broccoli


Accented with an aromatic sauce flavored with a bit of maple syrup, this delicious, nutrition-packed stir-fry is sure to become a family favorite. Once you've assembled and prepared all the ingredients, it will take you less than 10 minutes to cook.

  • 4Servings


  • 1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 3 Tbs. arrowroot powder or cornstarch
  • 4 cups broccoli florets with stems (1-inch pieces)
  • 8 oz. firm tofu, drained well and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 2 tsp. dark sesame oil
  • 2 tsp. vegetable oil
  • 1 large leek (white and light green parts), halved lengthwise, rinsed well and thinly sliced
  • 8 large cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp. finely chopped fresh ginger
  • 1 medium yellow summer squash, cut into 1/2-inch dice
  • 6 oz. shiitake mushrooms, stemmed and thinly sliced
  • 1 large red bell pepper, cut into 1/2-inch squares
  • 1 1/2 Tbs. black sesame seeds


  • 3 Tbs. tamari or reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 Tbs. pure maple syrup
  • 2 tsp. brown rice vinegar or fresh lemon juice


Bring large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Fill large bowl with ice-cold water. Meanwhile, make sauce: In small bowl, whisk together tamari, maple syrup, vinegar, pepper flakes and 1 1/4 cups water until well combined. Set aside.

In a cup, whisk together arrowroot and 1/4 cup water; set aside. Add broccoli and tofu to boiling water and cook until broccoli is crisp-tender, 2 to 3 minutes. Drain, plunge into bowl of ice water 5 to 10 seconds to stop cooking, and drain well. Set aside.

In nonstick wok or large nonstick skillet, heat sesame and vegetable oils over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium and add leek, garlic and ginger. Stir-fry until fragrant, about 45 seconds. Add squash and mushrooms and stir-fry until beginning to soften, 1 to 2 minutes.

Add reserved sauce to wok. Increase heat to high, cover and cook until simmering, about 1 1/2 minutes. Stir arrowroot mixture to recombine, then add to wok and stir-fry until sauce is glossy, 10 to 20 seconds.

Add bell pepper and reserved broccoli and tofu and stir-fry until heated through, 3 to 4 minutes. Serve hot, sprinkled with sesame seeds.

Nutrition Information

  • Calories: 232
  • Carbohydrate Content: 33 g
  • Fat Content: 8 g
  • Fiber Content: 6 g
  • Protein Content: 9 g
  • Saturated Fat Content: 1 g
  • Sodium Content: 660 mg