Broccoli Sesame Side

I know it’s been a while since I last posted, and I’m sure you’re all waiting for this long post to make up for the last few days. Well, I’m sorry to disappoint, this post follows the KISS approach – Keep It Simple, Stupid.

This is a really simple side dish, that’s been a go to for Shabbos lunch for the past few weeks now, and it can be yours for the low low price of $19.99! Operators are standing by (that was for Jack Lelane).

Anyway, it can be served hot, cold, room temperature, tepid, frigid, balmy, whatever, it always some how seems to work out.

First off, grab a big ole` pot, and fill it with some water, and bring it to a boil. In the meantime, chop up some broccoli (anyone remember the Dana Carvey skit, where he sang “chopping broccoli…” ? well listen to it, and every time you think about broccoli, you’ll sing this song), and when the water is at a boil, throw in the broccoli, for 1-2 minutes, and take them out right away, and put them in some ice water to stop the cooking.

When that’s all done, or before, I’m not that particular, you can make the sesame sauce.

Let’s meet the players:

Mix together the sesame oil, soy sauce, vinegar, salt and sugar, and set aside.

Then we need to toast some sesame seeds. You can do this in two ways – the easiest way is in the oven, just spread the sesame seeds on a baking sheet, and leave them in the oven at 350 for a few minutes. Or you can do the faster way, which is on the stove top. Just crank the heat up to high, and put a skillet on it, and dump the sesame seeds in, and let it cook away.

The problem with this method is you have to keep on stirring to prevent them from burning, and they go from done to burnt really fast, so you have to keep an eye out, and me thinks the best way to tell for done-ness is with your nose, so follow your nose, and when you start to smell that nutty smell of toasted nuts, they’re ready, or if you want you can just write an insanely long run on sentence, and your sesame seeds will probably be done by the end.

Now all you gotta do is wait for the sesame seeds to cool down, mix it in with the sauce you made earlier, and mix it in the broccoli, and serve.

That’s all.

Broccoli Sesame Side


  • 2 lbs Broccoli
  • 3 T soy sauce
  • 2 t sesame oil
  • 1 T white vinegar
  • 1 t sugar
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 3 T sesame seeds, toasted


  1. Separate the broccoli into florets.
  2. In a large pot, bring water to a boil. Add broccoli and boil for 1-2 minutes, until the broccoli is bright green. Drain the broccoli, and put in cold water.
  3. In a small bowl, mix together the soy sauce, sesame oil, vinegar, sugar and salt.
  4. In a skillet, toast the sesame seeds stirring constantly, until you can smell a nutty smell, and toss the seeds into the soy mixture.
  5. Pour over broccoli when you’re ready to serve.



2 thoughts on “Broccoli Sesame Side

  1. For those lazy ones among us, you can save the sesame seeds from the bag of bagels — already toasted. Please, don’t choke on your brie, Monsieur Gastronome. We peasants lead harried lives.


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