Vegetarian-Lite: Broccoli and Cashew Stir-Fry

Cashew and Broccoli Stir-Fry

All the dishes I’ve posted in this series so far have included a lot of cheese and dairy and could not remotely qualify as vegan. But here is a completely vegan meal that is also super filling and flavorful. This is really just a vegan version of my favorite Beef and Broccoli Stir-Fry, with cashews standing in for the beef. Nuts are a great meat substitute because they are so filling and cashews are especially flavorful. I roasted the cashews before adding them to the stir-fry for even more flavor and crunch, but they are pretty good even unroasted. In addition to being super tasty, stir-fries make a perfect fast weeknight table and can generally be prepared in less than 30 minutes. Just add rice for a complete, healthy, meat-free meal!

Broccoli and Cashew Stir-Fry

Yield: Makes 4 servings

Broccoli and Cashew Stir-Fry


  • 2 heads of broccoli, cut into florets
  • 1/3 cup cashews
  • 1/2 cup vegetable broth
  • 2 Tablespoons dark soy sauce or 1/4 cup regular soy sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons Mirin
  • 1 Tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 2 Tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 garlic clove, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 8-ounce can sliced water chestnuts, drained
  • 1 Tablespoon toasted sesame seeds
  • 2 cups cooked brown rice, for serving (optional)
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and spread the cashews out on a rimmed baking sheet. Roast in the preheated oven for 6-8 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until golden brown. Remove from the oven and set aside.
  2. In a small bowl or measuring cup, whisk together the broth, soy sauce, Mirin, sesame oil and cornstarch, whisking until the cornstarch has dissolved.
  3. Pour the canola oil in a large frying pan or wok and heat over medium-high heat until hot. Add the broccoli and cook, stirring frequently, for a few minutes until the broccoli is bright green. Add the garlic and cook, stirring constantly until fragrant, about 1 minute (be careful not to burn the garlic!).
  4. Whisk the broth mixture once more and then add it to the pan, tossing the broccoli to make sure it is well-coated. Continue to cook the broccoli, stirring constantly, until the sauce bubbles and thickens, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat.
  5. Stir the cashews and sesame seeds into the stir-fry and serve immediately over rice.
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