Sesame Broccoli

Sesame Broccoli

Mild broccoli gets energized by this textured, rich dressing spiked with sweet miso and soy sauce. Crushed toasted sesame seeds create the intense flavor base for this rich, super nutty sauce. The dish is a great side to accompany any grilled or roasted protein; it can be made a few hours in advance and is equally tasty chilled or at room temperature. Any leftovers can be chopped and tossed with warm pasta and grated Parmesan the next day.
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  • Serves: 8 persons



  1. Step 1

    Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and prepare an ice bath.
  2. Step 2

    While the water comes to a boil, in a small nonstick skillet over low heat, refresh the toasted sesame seeds, stirring frequently, until oils are released and seeds are warmed through, about 3 minutes. Transfer to a mortar and pestle and grind until half the seeds are coarsely crushed. Alternatively, pulse once or twice in a food processor until half of the seeds are crushed.
  3. Step 3

    Transfer sesame seeds to a large bowl and add the oil, miso, soy sauce and vinegar; mix or whisk well.
  4. Step 4

    Once the water is boiling, blanch the broccoli by cooking it until bright green, about 1 minute, then drain and transfer to the ice water to cool. Drain well and pat dry.
  5. Step 5

    Add the cooked broccoli to the dressing, season with salt and pepper and toss to evenly coat. Serve at room temperature or refrigerate and serve chilled.