This Garlic Steamed Broccoli is a great side dish for an Asian inspired menu. The sesame oil and toasted sesame seeds give it a nutty, rich taste.
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It is a nice change from the traditional lemon, butter flavour profile. You only need a small amount of sesame oil to impart big flavour so it can still be light in calories but heavy on taste.
This recipe with such simple ingredients fits into pretty much all lifestyles – omnivore, vegan, vegetarian, nutritarian, gluten-free. You name it – it fits!
I like my broccoli steamed for about 7 minutes. That leaves it crisp and crunchy still. You can adjust steam time to suit your preferences.
Garlic Steamed Broccoli
- 1 head broccoli
- 1 clove garlic
- 1 Tbsp sesame seeds
- 1 Tbsp pure sesame oil
- Trim bottom of broccoli stalks. Peel the tough skin off the main stalk, Rinse broccoli well and cut stalks into spears about 3" long.
- Bring water in a steamer to boil with the clove of garlic. Add broccoli to steamer and steam about 7 minutes.
- While broccoli is steaming, toast sesame seeds in a dry pan over medium high heat. (about 7 minutes but watch carefully).
- Transfer broccoli spears to a serving plate and drizzle with sesame oil and sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds.