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!
Sesame Broccoli
4.6 from 5 votes
Sesame Broccoli
Sesame Broccoli
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
15 mins
Easy side dish made with broccoli and sesame oil and seeds!
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Korean
Keyword: broccoli, sesame oil, sesame seeds
Servings: 2
Author: Hyosun
  • 1 pound broccoli
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds roasted and crushed (note)
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • salt to taste about 1/2 teaspoon
  1. Cut the broccoli head from the stem. Cut the head into small florets. Peel the stems and cut into small pieces.
  2. 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.
  3. Drain, and immediately shock in cold water to stop cooking. Drain well.
  4. Combine the broccoli with the remaining ingredients, and toss well to evenly distribute the seasoning.
Recipe Notes

*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.


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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 😀

  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!!

  5. Great easy recipe. Thank you.

  6. This namul tastes great until my 2 year old who was helping decided it needs more salt!! LOL! Note to self: move the salt bowl away from her next time.

  7. Thank you so much for posting this recipe! It is one of my favorite banchan and I am happy to find that it is so simple to recreate at home. I really enjoy Korean cuisine so I am immensely grateful for all the work you put into this website. Your family, and now all of us through the internet, are so fortunate to have you as a source for Korean cuisine!

  8. Thank you so much for your recipe! I was also wondering how long this lasts in the fridge? I was thinking about meal prepping 🙂

  9. Claire Eva says

    Looks delicious! Thanks.

  10. What is the shelf life for this? I made some but I cant finish it in one day so just wondering how long I can keep it in the fridge. Thanks!