Thai-Style Broccoli with Ginger, Coconut Milk & Lime ~ Light & Flavorful

June 11, 2013
1 Ratings
  • Prep time 10 minutes
  • Cook time 10 minutes
  • Serves 2
Author Notes

The flavor profile of this dish is reminiscent of Thai coconut curries, only it's lighter and fresher tasting with lots of texture.

Broccoli is diced and quickly cooked. It's given a hit of perky ginger and chili powder for some mild heat. Just a touch of warm cumin and coriander, along with a little creamy coconut milk and a few squeezes of lime make it exciting. The usual steamed-broccoli-side-dish can be rather boring. This dish wakes up the palate when served alongside a piece of grilled fish or chicken.

A few tablespoons of Trader Joe's Extra Thick and Rich Coconut Cream is delicious in this recipe because it adds just the right amount of creamy tropical notes and mild coconut flavor. It's easy to store the rest in a tupperware in the fridge for use in other recipes. It's my new favorite ingredient.

Some toasted chopped cashews would be delicious on top, adding protein and crunch. Thai basil would also be a fresh finishing touch.

Sometimes I add some frozen corn to bump up the sweetness and add another layer of flavor.

Great with chicken, steak or fish. Loaded with vitamins, minerals, fiber and omega 3's.

Serves two hungry people for lunch with a sprinkling of unsweetened shredded coconut, steamed jasmine rice and a drizzle of shoyu or tamari.
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What You'll Need
  • 2 heads of broccoli diced into very small pieces. My heads of broccoli were on the small side.
  • 2 limes, zest one and reserve the zest. Juice half of one and reserve the juice.
  • 2 scallions, diced
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced, I use a microplane zester
  • 1 small piece of ginger, minced (optional). I use a microplane zester.
  • 3 tablespoons Trader Joe's Extra Thick and Rich Coconut Cream or 3 tablespoons of the coconut cream from the top of a can of full fat coconut milk.
  • 1 teaspoon -2 of neutral tasting oil
  • 1 dash of ground cumin. A dash of ground coriander. A dash of ground red pepper.
  • 1 dash Sea salt or kosher salt to taste
  • 1 handful Shredded unsweetened coconut, toasted chopped cashews, jasmine rice, shoyu and/or Thai basil are serving options.
  1. Dice the broccoli into very small pieces. Heat a large nonstick skillet on medium-high heat with the oil. When the oil is hot, add the broccoli and some salt. Stir fry the broccoli until it starts to get tender. You may need to add a little water to help it soften. Stir in the scallions, lime juice, lime zest, minced garlic, ginger, spices and coconut cream. Add a pinch more salt. Toss to combine everything. The broccoli should be tender-crisp when done. Serve with lime wedges and any of the garnishes you like. Enjoy!

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2 Reviews

Billy S. May 18, 2021
Very confusing about the limes. "2 limes, zest one and reserve the zest. Juice half of one and reserve the juice." Reserve the juice for what? The recipe doesn't say.
Jessica E. January 28, 2019
MY whole family loves this, and I don’t think I want to eat broccoli any other way from now on -which is really saying something, since I rarely make the same dish twice!