Stir-Fry Broccoli and Red Bell Pepper is an quick, easy and healthy side dish that goes with almost any meal. This dish is kid-friendly with its colorful mixture of broccoli and red bell pepper.
I try to make broccoli at least once if not twice a week for my family. Whenever I find a vegetable my boys will eat, I latch onto it – it’s great to be able to expand their vegetable repertoire, and broccoli is so good for them. Did you know that broccoli is packed with vitamins A and C, and is also a good source of fiber and protein?
I still remember the mushy broccoli that our school cafeteria served when I was growing up – it’s no wonder some people have such strong feelings about broccoli. Now, if everyone had the chance to try stir-fried broccoli, I think they might change their mind, especially if it’s as pretty as the dish I made recently.
This Stir-Fry Broccoli and Red Bell Pepper recipe looks like Christmas with little specks of Red Bell Pepper strewn throughout. Stir-frying, along with steaming and roasting, is a healthy way to prepare just about any vegetable. All you need is a stir-fry sauce, and you’re set. Feel free to add other vegetables – mushrooms, thinly sliced carrots, and asparagus would be nice. The most important thing to keep in mind is that you want the vegetables to finish cooking at the same time.
You’ll notice in my recipe below that I cook the broccoli first for a few minutes before adding the red bell pepper. That’s because broccoli is a harder vegetable and needs longer to get tender; chopped red bell pepper cooks in no time.
Easy Stir-Fry Broccoli with Red Bell Pepper
- 1 teaspoon fish sauce or gluten-free soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon rice wine
- 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
- 1/4 teaspoon organic sugar
- 2 tablespoons water
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 clove garlic minced
- 1 slice ginger about the size of a quarter, peeled and minced
- 1 bunch broccoli cut into florets
- 1/2 red bell pepper chopped into small pieces
In a small bowl, mix together Stir-Fry Sauce. Heat wok or large saute pan and add oil. Toss in garlic and ginger and stir-fry until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add broccoli and stir-fry another minute or two. Add Stir-Fry Sauce and toss well. Cover and let cook 4 minutes; add chopped red bell pepper and cover. Cook another minute or until broccoli is just tender but still a bit crisp.
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Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. says
so easy and healthy! My kids also like these two vegetables!! YAY
I’m so glad my kids like broccoli, it’s so good for them!
Angie@Angie's Recipes says
A simple and delicious stir-fry!
Angie stir-frying is so easy and I love how versatile it is – swapping in and out whatever is in my fridge.
Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) says
Love quick and easy veggie stir-fry recipes. I’d probably swap something hot, like chili paste with garlic, for the sugar — because I can’t help it, I love spicy broccoli!
Lydia – you know I love spicy foods too – my kids sometimes complain that I make everything spicy, so I left this one alone, but I would definitely add some chili paste with garlic or any other hot sauce for myself.
I absolutely love a good broccoli stir fry! And this is a good reminder that it’s been way too long since I’ve even made broccoli. Better make up for lost time!
Looks gorgeous!! Will definitely have to give this a try 🙂
Beautiful. I’m the same about latching on to any vegetable my kids love. My son says broccoli is his favorite and that makes me oh so happy!
Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen says
My husband and I are pretty crazy about broccoli, we eat it every week!
Simply and healthy, love those kinds of recipes!
oooh, thank you so much for this simple recipe! Broccoli and bell pepper are my top favorite vegetables, I just bought them both and had no idea that both of them could make tasty stir fry. very useful for a broke college student like with limited ingredients available. I have to make some adjustment, though, since I only have garlic powder available :/
So glad you enjoyed this easy recipe – stir-frying is so easy and you can add whatever vegetables and protein you have on hand. I have a son in college and he has limited supplies too, so I understand what you mean. I loaded him up with lots of different spices/herbs – they can really switch up the flavors in different dishes.