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Flat lay of stir fried Chinese broccoli on a white oval plate with black chopsticks

Chinese Broccoli (Gai Lan)

Fresh Chinese Broccoli (Gai Lan) is stir-fried to perfection with toasted sesame oil, warm ginger and plenty of garlic, then topped with sesame seeds and an optional sprinkle of red chili flakes. It's Chinese cooking at its finest and the perfect easy side for any weeknight dinner! Naturally vegan, gluten-free, low carb, paleo, keto and Whole30 compliant.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine Chinese
Keyword broccoli stir fry, gai lan, stir fried broccoli
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 79 kcal
Author Kelly


  • 1 lb chinese broccoli washed thoroughly, ends trimmed and cut at an angle into 2-inch pieces
  • 2 tbsp avocado oil or any neutral-tasting oil
  • 2 tsp ginger freshly grated
  • 4 cloves garlic freshly minced
  • 1 tbsp coconut aminos may sub with gluten-free tamari or low-sodium soy sauce if not paleo/Whole30
  • 1 tsp toasted sesame oil
  • sesame seeds for garnish
  • red chili flakes optional, for garnish


  1. Heat the oil in a wok or a large skillet over medium-high until it’s just smoking. Add the ginger and saute while stirring frequently for 10 seconds, or until fragrant and the ginger starts to turn golden.

    Add the garlic and continue stirring for 4 seconds, or until fragrant and just golden, being careful not to let the garlic burn.

    A pile of sautéed garlic and ginger in a large wok
  2. Quickly add the Chinese broccoli and coconut aminos, and use tongs or a wok spatula to swiftly toss until everything is evenly distributed and well coated.

    A bunch of fresh Chinese broccoli (Gai Lan) in a grey pan with coconut aminos
  3. Add 1 1/2 tablespoons of water, then cover with a lid and cook for 1 minute.

    A beige frying pan over a burner with the lid
  4. Remove the lid, add the sesame oil, season with salt and black pepper and use the tongs to toss the Chinese broccoli and cook for 1 more minute, or until bright green and tender-crisp.

    A bunch of stir-fried Chinese broccoli (Gai Lan) in a grey pan with chili flakes
  5. Once the Chinese broccoli is cooked to your desired level of doneness, remove from heat and transfer to plate.

    Sprinkle with sesame seeds and red chili flakes, if desired. Serve warm and enjoy.

    Flat lay of stir fried Chinese broccoli with chili flakes on a white oval plate with black chopsticks

Recipe Notes

  • To Store & Reheat: Refrigerate leftover gai lan in an airtight storage bag with all the air removed. Enjoy within 1 week. Reheat over medium-low heat, stirring constantly and adding a splash of water if needed.
  • To Freeze: Add leftovers to a freezer-friendly storage bag and freeze for 1-2 months. Thawing in the fridge before reheating.
Nutrition Facts
Chinese Broccoli (Gai Lan)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 79 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 4g
Sodium 82mg3%
Potassium 250mg7%
Carbohydrates 6g2%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 471IU9%
Vitamin C 68mg82%
Calcium 39mg4%
Iron 1mg6%
* Nutrition facts are provided as a courtesy using the WPRM recipe calculator. It is best to make your own calculations to ensure accuracy. We expressly disclaim any and all liability of any kind with respect to any act or omission wholly or in part in reliance on anything contained in this website. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.