Eats, Shoots & Reads

Eats #38: Salty, Simple, Delicious

Ingredients: broccoli, 2 heaped tablespoons sesame seeds, 5 cloves garlic, ginger, 1/4 tablespoon sesame seed oil, 2 table spoons soy sauce, 1-2 limes, olive oil.

Difficulty: 1/5
Rating: 4/5

Remove the stalk from the head of broccoli and separate the florets into small pieces cutting larger florets in half if necessary. Peel the stalk and finely chop and add to the florets.

Bring a large pan of salted water to the boil and cook the broccoli for 3-4 minutes until slightly softened but still retaining a bite.

While the broccoli is cooking toast the sesame seeds in a dry pan, once golden remove and put to one side. Thinly slice the garlic and gently fry in 3 tablespoons of olive oil. When the garlic is light brown and resembles garlic crisps remove and put to one side.

Remove a third of the garlic oil and turn off the heat, add the soy sauce and sesame seed oil and rotate the pan until the dressing comes together. Grate the ginger and squash it through a sieve to remove the juice and add to the pan. Finally add the juice of 1-2 limes and adjust the combinations to taste.

Place the broccoli in a serving bowl, sprinkle over the sesame seeds and crispy garlic and drizzle over the dressing – serve!


I love broccoli and Chinese food so I had high hopes for this recipe and I wasn’t disappointed.

The broccoli was lovely and soft with just the right bite and the dressing was sweet, salty
and had a real zing from the lime juice.

The sesame seeds and oil give this dish a lovely texture and fragrance and this healthy, simple, easy to cook dish would work great with noddles or rice.

I Would definitely do this recipe again and 90% of the ingredients are store cupboard essentials so it’s a quick, easy accompaniment – why not give it a go!

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