Sesame Broccoli

Broccoli is one of those vegetables you either love or hate. My children didn’t like it when they were little. Yes, I had to repeat the infamous phrase, “eat your broccoli”, every time I put it on the table. They eventually grew up to love broccoli. So, there’s your hope! Sesame broccoli is one of our favorite ways to eat it. Blanch (or steam) the broccoli, and dress it with generous amounts of sesame oil and sesame seeds. There you have it – a quick side dish that’s nutty, crunchy, and delicious! Eat your broccoli!

Ingredients:
1 pound broccoli
1 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon sesame seeds, roasted and crushed*
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
salt to taste (about 1/2 teaspoon)

(*In a pan, roast sesame seeds over medium low heat for 4 to 5 minutes. Stir occasionally. Then, crush the seeds in a blender or grounder by pulsing them a couple of times.) 

Cut the broccoli head from the stem. Cut the head into small florets. Peel the stems and cut into small pieces.

Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the salt and broccoli, and cook for 1 to 2 minutes, or until it reaches the desired tenderness. 

Drain, and immediately shock in cold water to stop cooking. Drain well.

Combine the broccoli with the remaining ingredients, and toss well to evenly distribute the seasoning.

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  1. great and healthy recipe

  2. Healthy and quick recipe. Your broccoli looks perfectly cooked :)

  3. Fantastic recipe-simple, delicious and healthy! By the way, I didn’t like broccoli either but now I can eat whole head :D

  4. We eat it this way all the time when we eat Korean or Asian and roasted when eating with more western/American food. The kids love it. Yours looks so beautiful. Sometimes I get distracted and over blanch the broccoli and it breaks apart… I throw it into hot rice and make a quick bibimbap!

    Another really great vegetable to cook “namul” style is kale! My girls gobble it up!

    • It’s easy to over blanch. I do that too sometimes. Good idea to throw them in bibimbap. Great that your kids eat kale. Kale namul is my favorite too, especially with baby kale. I’m going to post a recipe soon. Thanks for visiting and sharing your stories! Happy cooking!!