You don’t need a bunch of stir-fry sauces or exotic ingredients to get a mouth-watering dinner. All you need is 30 minutes to spare, which is one of the main reasons I LOVE this gluten free broccoli in garlic sauce— it’s simple and quick to execute, making it a win-win on any weeknight!
Some of us “reward” ourselves with takeout on the weekends, when the paycheck is fresh and we’ve got money to spare, but you know what? I’ve always been a rule breaker.
Making your own “takeout” at home tastes superior to any MSG-laced concoction you could get down the street, is overall better for your health, and can be served any day of the week!
Oh, and if you enjoy this recipe, be sure to try my easy vegan fried rice and this roasted cauliflower and sesame noodles dish.
Especially on rainy days, this is the perfect remedy to get you feeling nice and cozy. When serving my own homemade takeout, I love pulling out the chopsticks and fancy dishes to make it fun and extra special for the kids.
But you want to know the BEST part of all?
“Broccoli in Garlic Sauce” is a traditional favorite on any Chinese takeout menu, so you don’t have to use substitutions, or convince your family to “try this vegan meal (pretty please)”. There’s no tofu or unfamiliar ingredients to taste test, and it’s 100% gluten-free when using Tamari sauce.
And don’t forget the health benefits you receive from stuffing your face with a generous amount of broccoli and garlic.
Garlic is one of my favorite medicinal herbs, as it can help combat colds, reduce blood pressure, and improve cholesterol. Broccoli, on the other hand, is rich in fiber, and can help strengthen bones, control diabetes, improve your immune function, and even reduce the risk of cancer.
On those nights when you’re just too tired to go the extra mile, try this EASY homemade takeout instead. No frying here: roasted broccoli is all you need to make this dish really pop (and check the FAQs for notes on using the air fryer!).
Truly, this is simplicity at its best.
This week, grab just 30 minutes and make some easy vegan takeout…and don’t forget the chopsticks!
Frequently Asked Questions
Traditionally, this dish is made using soy sauce, which is not certified gluten free since it’s made with wheat. By swapping that out for Tamari sauce, you keep this dish gluten free and still popping with flavor.
Absolutely! Set your air fryer to bake at 400º for 12-15 minutes. You may have to work in 2 batches since you are using approximately 10 cups of broccoli. Cook until tender and then proceed with the recipe in step 5.
Yup! Bulk it up by adding bell peppers, water chestnuts, bamboo shoots, or even chickpeas.
I love using jasmine rice, which is fluffy and delicious with homemade takeout. To make this recipe even easier, check out this post on how to make rice in your Instant Pot.
Allergy Information & Substitutions
- This recipe is 100% vegan, meaning it is meat-free, egg-free, and dairy-free. It is also naturally nut-free and gluten-free.
- Make it soy-free by using coconut aminos instead of tamari sauce. Just keep in mind this will change the taste.
- Mix it up by adding in bell peppers, water chestnuts, or bamboo shoots.
- Don’t like broccoli? Use baked cauliflower instead.
More easy gluten free vegan weeknight dinners:
- Easy Vegan Roasted Cauliflower + GF Sesame Noodles
- This Homemade Vegan Fried Rice is Deliciously Easy
- My Favorite Way to Make Killer Vegan Ramen Noodles
- Why I Love this Simple Ramen Noodle Salad Recipe
30 Minute Gluten Free Broccoli in Garlic Sauce
For the Broccoli-
- 2 large heads of broccoli cut into bite-sized florets (about 10 cups total)
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 teaspoon nutritional yeast optional, but adds a lovely flavor
- salt and pepper (I use Himalyan pink salt)
For the Sauce-
- ¾ cup filtered water
- 3 tablespoons tamari sauce a gluten-free alternative to soy sauce, feel free to use either one
- 1 tablespoon sriracha omit or use less if sensitive to spicy foods
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 3 ½ tablespoons minced garlic
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 3 cups cooked jasmine rice
- Sliced green onions for garnish
- Preheat oven to 400º. Cook rice according to package.
- Spread broccoli florets onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with nutritional yeast. Season generously with pink salt and pepper. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until fork tender and slightly browned on top.
- Meanwhile, prepare the sauce. Whisk together the first five ingredients in a small bowl and set aside.
- In a large skillet, cook garlic in olive oil on medium heat, until soft and lightly browned. Add sauce mixture, and stir until thickened. Turn down to low until the broccoli is finished.
- Once the broccoli is ready, transfer to the skillet. Stir until all the broccoli is coated evenly with the sauce. Turn off heat.
- Serve with cooked rice and sliced green onions, if using.
Thank you for taking the time to invest in your health and happiness!
We love this! Made twice in 2 weeks. Threw in a can of chickpeas this time for a full meal.
That’s wonderful Loretta, I’m so glad you enjoyed it!! That sounds like a nice addition with the chickpeas too- thanks for sharing your results!
+100000 for broccoli!!! This looks delicious!
Thank you Stephanie!
Amy Katz from Veggies Save The Day
We’re big Seinfeld fans over here, so that totally made me laugh! This recipe looks wonderful!
LOL, awesome!! Glad I could make you smile:)
I don’t like Chinese take out. But this looks so good. And I am with you. We can make our own Chinese style or any other cuisine dish without adding unhealthy stuff:)
Thanks Uma- yes homemade is always best!
I love anything that takes only 30 minutes. And this looks delicious. Thank you for sharing!
Thank you Elaine!
This looks so delicious, and I love how simple it is!
Thank you Jasmine!
I love the look of this dish Randi I am loving these Vegan dishes and my heart is happy eating them
Thanks so much Amber!
Pinning to give this one a try! Sounds great!
Thank you Roseann!! I’d love to hear how it turns out!
I absolutely agree that making our own “takeout” at home tastes superior to any MSG-laced concoction we could get down the street, is overall better for your health–I mean, what’s in that mysterious takeout garlic sauce anyway? I am so delighted that you shared your homemade “takeout” Broccoli with Garlic Sauce recipe with us at the Plant-based Potluck Party. I’m pinning and sharing this.
Thank you Deborah! I appreciate the share:) Thanks for stopping by and I hope you get to make this!
This does look really really good. The addition of jasmine rice is a great touch. MSG gives both Hubs and I serious stomach aches so I prefer home made as well. Thank you for the recipe.
I love Broccoli in Garlic sauce and totally agree about making it at home is better I am definitely trying this recipe Randi