How to Make Chinese Broccoli ( Gai-Lan)


Chinese Broccoli

It’s a new year means, it’s a new you!  At the start of this year, I craved the simple things in life like Chinese broccoli, also known as Gai-Lan. It’s a healthy leafy green.  Last night I made it with a simple steaming and stir-fry method.  So yes, this is a two step cooking method recipe but don’t worry, both are easy and fast to do. You can add protein to it if you like, but if you do that make sure you cook your protein ahead of time to toss back in with the cooked Chinese broccoli. I left it as simply Chinese broccoli and ate it as an appetizer before dinner. It goes great with a bowl of hot white or brown rice.

Recipe serving size 4-5 


1 pound of Chinese broccoli (Gai-Lan)

1 sliced garlic clover

2 sliced ginger

1 tablespoon canola oil

1 teaspoon minced garlic

2 sliced ginger

1 teaspoon Shaoxing wine

1 teaspoon sesame seed oil

3 Tablespoon oyster sauce

2-3 pinches salt and pepper

2 stalks of  sliced green scallions



Wok or a shallow deep frying pan. Cutting board and knife, colander, and a wooden spoon or spatula.


step 1 – wash and cut the ends of the broccoli set that aside.  If you have a small wok or pan you can cut the broccoli in half to fit inside the pad. Next, slice up 1 clove and  2 slices of ginger.

Step 2- Fill the wok or shallow pan and fill it with water about two-thirds of the way.  Turn the heat on Medium-high add the ginger and garlic place a lid to allow for the water to boil up. Turn the water down to a simmer as soon as bubbles form.

Step 3 – Once the water has been turned down to a simmer, add the broccoli cover it with a lid. Allow it to cook for about 3 -5 minutes. Turn off the heat and place the broccoli onto a plate and drain the hot water from the wok. Return the wok to the stove and turn it onto Medium-high.

Step 4 – Add canola oil to the wok and then add the broccoli. On the side in a small bowl add sesame seed oil, Shaoxing wine, and oyster sauce mix it together. Take the lid off and pour the mixture over the broccoli and mix it well with a spatula or wooden spoon.

Step – 5 sprinkle a little salt and pepper and garnish with sliced green scallions.

You may eat this as a plain appetizer or with a bowl of hot white or brown rice.