Broccoli isn’t everybody;s favourite vegetable, As a child, I remember the futile attempts of my parents trying to feed me the broccoli puree,disguised as an airplane or a choo-choo train, but the outcome is always the same, green puree splattered all over the table.
However, as I grow older, I learn to appreciate broccoli especially after I learned that broccoli tastes good when fried.
Frying is Not a Crime
Fried broccoli has broaden the horizons for non-vegetable lovers to at least be creative when it comes to making vegetable interesting enough to be eaten. However, it is imperative to make sure you don;t over-fry the broccoli and turn it unhealthy. If not, you;d be missing out all the health benefits and nutrients contained in this superfood vegetable.
As a way of showing how you can make fried broccoli delicious and not boring, I have decided to share with you three of my favourite fried broccoli recipes that I just cannot get enough of. The best thing about these recipes are they are simple, easy and doesn’t require you to fork out much in order to have something delicious. Let’s get going and try them!
1. Fried Broccoli with Dried Chillies and Garlic
- 400g of broccoli, cut into bite-sized florets and soaked in salted water
- 4 dried chillies, cut into pieces of 1 inch in length
- 4 cloves of garlic, sliced
- 1/2 tablespoon of white sesame seeds
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- 1 teaspoon of black pepper’
- In a medium-sized wok, heat up 3 tablespoons of cooking oil on medium high heat.
- Once the oil is heated, placed in the dried chillies and sliced garlic. Saute them til fragrant and the garlic has caramelized.
- Add in the broccoli florets and saute for 3 minutes till broccoli has soften slightly.
- Season with salt and blackpepper. Mix it well.
- Place the fried broccoli in a bowl. Sprinkle some sesame seeds.
Fried Broccoli Tempura
- 1/4 kilo Broccoli, cut into medium-size florets
- 100g plain flour
- 2 eggs, separated
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
- 1/2 tablespoon of chilli powder
- Cook the broccoli in boiling water for 2 minutes.
- Tip into a colander, rinse under the cold tap, drain well and set aside.
- Put the flour in a large bowl with salt, black pepper and chilli powder.
- Whisk the egg yolks and then whisk it into the flour with the oil to make a smooth batter.
- In a separate, clean bowl whisk the egg whites until stiff, then fold into the batter.
- Heat the oil in a large wok on medium high heat.
- Coat some of the Broccoli in the batter then use a slotted spoon to carefully lift into the hot oil.
- Deep-fry the broccoli for 2-3 mins until golden and puff.
Cheesy Fried Broccoli Patties
- 400g of broccoli, cut into medium-sized florets
- 3 potatoes, boiled and peeled
- 3 cloves of garlic, minced
- 3 shallots, sliced
- 1/4 cup cheddar cheese
- 1/4 cup parmesan chese
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- 1 teaspoon of black pepper
- 3 red chilli, sliced thinly
- In a big pot, boil some water til bubbling. Blanch in the broccoli florets for 2-3 minutes, til soft.
- Using a colander, toss the broccoli and set aside. Once cool, cut the broccoli to bite-sized florets.
- In a wok, add in 1/2 cup of oil and heat it on medium high heat for 3 minutes.
- Fry the shallots til golden brown. Remove and set aside.
- Mash the boiled potatoes til fine. Add in the broccoli, sliced chilli, salt, pepper, parmesan, cheddar and the fried shallots in. Mix well.
- Form the potato-broccoli mix into patties.
- Coat the patties with the beaten eggs and fry over medium high heat in the same oil as you used to fry the shallots. If the oil is not enough, add in 1/2 cup more.
- Fry the patties til 3-5 minutes or until turn golden brown.
How Do You Like Your Fried Broccoli?
If you have any other ways or recipes of preparing fried broccoli, don’t hesitate to share with me. Just give me a shoutout at the comment section below or just send us a DM via our Instagram or Facebook pages. I would love to hear from you! Til them, happy cooking!