Sesame Broccoli

February 15, 2008 at 6:17 pm (Cruciferous rich, East and SE Asia, My brain, Quick weeknight recipe, unrated, Vegetable dishes)


This is a simple dish that is truly more than the sum of its parts. The ingredient list is very short, but the combination of flavors is perfect, and the dish takes only 5 minutes to prepare.

Break broccoli into florets, and slice the stem along the bias. Steam until just tender-crisp. While the broccoli steams, mix together sesame oil and soy sauce. Toss the sauce over the broccoli, sprinkle copiously with fresh toasted sesame seeds, and serve immediately.

I don’t have amounts, as I generally just eyeball it, but I will try to measure next time I make it. Be careful not to overcook the broccoli; it goes from done to overdone in a very short time. I often bring my pot to a boil, then off the heat and let the broccoli sit covered for about 5 minutes, and find that the broccoli is done perfectly, and there is less risk of overdoing it.

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4 Comments

  1. austingardener said,

    When i make the broccoli, I put an inch of water in the botom of the pan, bring to a boil, add the broccoli and shut off the pan. 10 minutes later. Voila. perfectly steamed broccoli florets. How do you steam tehm just tender crisp?

  2. Jenn said,

    I found a recipe with amounts. http://www.food.com/recipe/sesame-broccoli-really-its-good-139885

    Thanks for the idea, it’s good and easy.

    • captious said,

      Thanks Jenn. I’ll have to try those proportions.

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