Recipe Rescue: Crispy Honey Garlic Broccoli

Each week, Bangbelly brings you Recipe Rescue, with a pantry-friendly, easy to execute dish sure to impress your nearest and dearest.

Craving something fried, but prefer a lighter option? We’ve  got a sinfully delicious, nearly virtuous treat that will satisfy even the most veggie-avoidant people in your life.

And the really good news is you can substitute the broccoli with what you have on hand. We recommend cauliflower, onion or eggplant; but chicken and tofu work brilliantly too!

Crispy Broccoli

  • 1 large Head of broccoli, cut into florets
  • 1/2 cup All-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup Cornstarch
  • 1 tsp Baking powder
  • 1 cup Cold water
  • 1 large Egg, beaten
  • 1 tsp Kosher salt
  • 2 cups Panko breadcrumbs

Honey Garlic Sauce

  • 1 small Onion, finely sliced
  • 6 cloves Garlic
  • 2 Tbsp Canola oil
  • 3 Tbsp Cold butter, cut into chunks
  • 1/2 cup White wine, or apple juice with a few Tbsp vinegar
  • 3 Tbsp Soy sauce or tamari
  • 1/2 cup Honey


  1. Preheat oven to 450° F
  2. Line a 13” x 18” cookie sheet with parchment paper
  3. In a shallow bowl, or on a plate, spread out a good layer of panko breadcrumbs. 
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, cornstarch and baking powder; add the cold water, egg and salt, and stir to combine. This will create a thin batter.
  5. Toss the broccoli florets in the batter, making sure to shake off any excess.
  6. Transfer the broccoli to the plate with the breadcrumbs, and coat thoroughly.
  7. Place the broccoli on the parchment-lined sheet and bake for 20- 25 minutes turning the broccoli over halfway through, until golden brown. 
  8. While your broccoli is baking, make the sauce.
  9. Heat the oil in a medium sauce pan on high heat.
  10. Sauté the onion until translucent and then add the garlic.
  11. Cook until the garlic turns golden brown and then add the white wine.
  12. Add the soy sauce or tamari and continue to cook for an additional minute, then add the honey.
  13. Turn heat down to med-high and cook for 6-7 minutes. The sauce will bubble and deepen in colour.
  14. Remove the saucepan from the heat and stir in the cold butter, one piece at a time.
  15. When the broccoli is fully baked, toss it in the sauce and serve immediately.

Note: Although your sauce looks and smells delicious, be very careful because it will be extremely hot!

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