Sesame Broccoli

The sesame broccoli sitting in a white serving bowl garnished with black sesame seeds.

Sometimes it only needs a small amount of work to make a good ingredient a great side dish. That is the case with this savory sesame broccoli. A simple dressing is added after cooking to really make the broccoli pop.

A small selection of Asian ingredients including sesame oil, garlic, and soy sauce creates a dressing that the freshly steamed broccoli is tossed through before serving. The hot vegetables absorb all the flavors.

This is a great side dish for most Asian-themed main courses. It works well with most meats as well. The dressing adds a little flavor but is not overpowering, which is what makes it so versatile. 

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Close-up of raw broccoli.
Break the broccoli down into small bite-size pieces.
The dressing for the broccoli sitting in a glass bowl on marble bench.
The simple dressing for the broccoli includes garlic, soy sauce, and sesame oil.
The sesame broccoli sitting in a white serving bowl garnished with black sesame seeds.
Served in a bowl, it can be shared at the table as a side dish with most Asian-inspired meals.

Sesame Broccoli Recipe

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The sesame broccoli sitting in a white serving bowl garnished with black sesame seeds.
Sometimes it only needs a small amount of work to make a good ingredient a great side dish, as with this Sesame Broccoli.
Preparation 10 minutes
Cook 15 minutes
Ready in 25 minutes
Servings 4 Servings
CourseSide Dish
InfluenceAsian
DifficultyBeginner
MethodSteam

Ingredients

  • 1 large head broccoli
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • salt to taste
  • 1 tablespoon black sesame seeds

Equipment

  • steaming pot
  • small bowl

Directions

  • In the steaming pot, add the broccoli after breaking it down into smaller florets. If using a normal pot as little as two tablespoons of water can steam the broccoli if you have a tight-fitting lid. Bring to a moderate temperature and steam until tender, about 10 minutes.
  • In a small bowl create the dressing by combining the sesame oil, garlic, and soy sauce.
  • When the broccoli is cooked to your desired firmness, drizzle with the prepared dressing then toss to make sure it is evenly covered. Season with salt to taste.
  • Sprinkle with the sesame seeds before serving. Serve while hot.

Nutritional Information

Sodium: 134mgCalcium: 94mgVitamin C: 136mgVitamin A: 947IUSugar: 3gFiber: 4gPotassium: 499mgCalories: 128kcalMonounsaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gFat: 9gProtein: 5gCarbohydrates: 11gIron: 1mg

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