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Side Dishes & Canapes

Sesame Broccoli - A Trio of Side Dishes - No. 2

This is the second recipe in my Trio of Side Dishes. The other recipes are Warming Red Cabbage and Creamy Parsnip Gratin.


Serves 2

  • 10 spears broccoli (Tenderstem is ideal)
  • Handful of sesame seeds
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar


This recipe couldn't be easier, but it transforms broccoli into something really lovely. Just simmer the spears in boiling water until tender (about 4 mins) and while they're cooking, dry fry the sesame seeds in a small pan until just golden. Drain the broccoli, splash over the soy sauce and vinegar, then sprinkle with the sesame seeds.

A Cook's Plot Tip

For even more flavour, boil the broccoli for just 2 mins, then drain and put the spears on a very hot griddle pan for about 4 mins each side until each one has some nice char-grill marks on it and has begun to caramelise.

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