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.
Sesame Broccoli Recipe
- 1 large head broccoli
- 2 tablespoons sesame oil
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 1 teaspoon soy sauce
- salt to taste
- 1 tablespoon black sesame seeds
- steaming pot
- small bowl
- 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.