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Ginger-Sesame Broccoli


This ginger-sesame broccoli dish only took me about 6 minutes but has plenty of flavor. I prepare the dish so that I use minimal tools and only 1 pan.


To keep the tools to the minimum, I use a microplane to grate the ginger and garlic. If you don't have one, use the finest side of your box grater and grate them before you start cooking.


In place of soy sauce or tamari I use coconut aminos. It is also fermented but is more mild and much less salty than soy sauce which I find to be too overpowering. Only add the salt called for in the recipe if you use coconut aminos. Soy sauce and tamari (even the low-sodium ones) will add enough salt on their own.


Be sure that you use toasted sesame oil. Regular sesame oil has very little flavor but the toasted kind is amazing!




2 cups fresh broccoli florets

1 Tbsp neutral oil

2 tsps soy sauce, tamari or coconut aminos

2 tsps agave or other sweetenter

2" piece of ginger, peeled

1 medium sized garlic clove

1/4 tsp toasted sesame oil

pinch of salt (omit if using soy sauce or tamari)

1 Tbsp toasted sesame seeds


  1. Heat a 12-14" skillet over a high flame for a minute. Have a lid that fits the pan set aside. Add the neutral oil and swirl to spread around the pan.

  2. Add the broccoli and toss to coat. Cook tossing or stirring for another minute. If you like your broccoli more firm, go to step 4.

  3. If you prefer you broccoli more cooked and soft: hold up the pan lid like a shield and add 2 Tbsps water to the pan. The oil will splatter when the water hits it. Cover the pan, leaving just a crack open and steam the broccoli until most of the water is evaporated.

  4. Add the soy sauce or coconut aminos, sweetener and salt if using and toss. Pull the pan off the flame and grate the garlic clove directly into the pan using a microplane. Tap the microplane on the pan to release the garlic. Grate the ginger for 30 seconds directly over the pan and again tap the microplane to release the ginger.

  5. Add the sesame oil, put the pan back over a medium flame and stir a few seconds to combine.

  6. Serve topped with toasted sesame seeds.

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