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Quick Stir Fry Broccoli (Kid Approved)

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Kid Approved Broccoli Recipe is honestly a very basic but flavorful preparation of Broccoli. It is loved by most kids and a good way to introduce Broccoli to your kids. Minimalist is the perfect word to describe this recipe. It's Vegan, Gluten-Free and your very own Kid Approved Broccoli in 20 minutes.

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Broccoli Recipe

Broccoli isn't a vegetable that most people enjoy or love to eat. However, in our household, it's a different story. Thanks to my grandma (Nani) who introduced Broccoli to us during one of her visits. Ever since Little A has turned into an ardent Broccoli fan and we have got hooked onto it too. Until we found this Kid Approved Broccoli recipe, Broccoli was consumed only in stir-fries. Honestly, this is a very basic but flavorful preparation of Broccoli. Minimalist is the perfect word to describe this recipe.

Broccoli Benefits

Here are a few reasons why you should incorporate Broccoli into your diet. Leave it to us to make it flavorful and enjoyable. The recipe below is full of flavors, hopefully, you won't be disappointed.  


Stir Fry Broccoli for Kids

Now how can one go wrong with a minimalist, kid approved recipe that is ready in less than 20 minutes. What I like about this recipe is that not only is the Broccoli soft and tender for little A but Dr.Mystery and I like to enjoy that element of crunch too, so it's that perfect in between consistency.  If you haven't embraced Broccoli as one of the ingredients in your cooking or don't cook it as much, here is why you should do so right away. 

My grandma flavors it with a flavorful tempering of mustard seeds, ginger, garlic and chillies. Mustard seeds and chillies can be optional if you don't have the ingredients handy or don't like it hot. This batch of chillies were not hot but the aroma of stir fried chillies is so good that I like to add them. 

Broccoli Tempering

What is the secret to making broccoli recipes for kids?

So here is what makes this recipe a hit with kids and the rest of the family. It's the tempering. Tempering is a great way to infuse flavors into a dish. Ofcourse you can temper it with spices and condiments you like. But so far my favorites have been lots of garlic and curry leaves. I also like to add some mild green chillies and mustard seeds and luckily little A loves it and doesn't complain a bit. A dash of lemon juice in the end, is a great way to finish this up just before serving. All of these in just minimalist oil and the aromas will spread through your kitchen immediately. The flavors make it tempting for the kids and once they taste it, they will like it. 

Broccoli Tempering

Sometimes we like to consume it as a side, sometimes as maindish and if I have leftovers I pull them out for our snack too. So what's awesome is I can make it fit into any of my meals. I have often made this preparation during little A's playdates and parents were surprised that their kids enjoyed Broccoli when they don't eat Broccoli otherwise.  Honestly, Dr. Mystery and I didn't consume it as much either until we got hooked onto this recipe.

Kid Approved Broccoli

Vegan and Gluten Free Broccoli Stir Fry

This broccoli stir fry is great if you are looking for vegan and gluten-free options. Often times I've had playdates where a one of A's friend is Vegan and another is Gluten-Free, so this is perfect for them. Irrespective of any sensitivities or allergies, this is a recipe you should definitely try if you want to fall in love with Broccoli.

Kid Approved Broccoli

Easy Broccoli Recipes from TBRTM

Once you try the above recipe and you are looking for more variations to add broccoli into your diet, check out the ideas below or save the first image of this post.


Kid Approved Broccoli Recipe

20 Minute Broccoli Stir Fry (Kid Approved)

Yield: 4 servings
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Kid Approved Broccoli Recipe is honestly a very basic but flavorful preparation of Broccoli. It is loved by most kids and a good way to introduce Broccoli to your kids. Minimalist is the perfect word to describe this recipe. It's Vegan, Gluten-Free and ready in just 20 minutes.



  • In a microwave safe bowl half cook the broccoli florets in the microwave for a couple mins.
  • Add oil to a wok and let it heat. Once the oil is hot add temper it with asafoetida, curry leaves, slit green chillies and the mustard seeds. Once the seeds start to crackle add the ginger and garlic.
  • After a minute, add the broccoli florets. and salt to taste and allow it to cook stirring occasionally. 
  • Cook the broccoli until tender. 
  • Drizzle the secret ingredient to it, lemon juice and garnish it with cilantro. Voila, Broccoli is ready.

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I tried this recipe today and must say, I have been converted into a broccoli eater! Thank you so much!

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