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Broccoli Goma-ae | ブロッコリーの胡麻和え

Crispy steamed broccoli melds with nutty, savory sesame in this easy Japanese side. This broccoli goma-ae is a tasty way to make veggies exciting!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Asian, Japanese
Servings: 3


  • 1 small/medium head of broccoli cut into florets
  • 3 tbsp toasted sesame seeds
  • 1 ½ tsp sugar
  • 1 ½ tsp soy sauce** or tamari for gluten-free
  • 2-3 tsp water as needed


  • Steam broccoli until desired tenderness is reached. It should take about 5-6 minutes on the stove, or 2-4 minutes in the microwave.
  • Stovetop steaming: Fill a saucepan with 1-2 inches of water and place a steamer basket on the bottom. Bring water to a boil, then add broccoli to steamer basket. Reduce heat to medium and steam 5-6 minutes until tender.
  • Microwave steaming: Place broccoli in a bowl and add a splash of water. Cover and microwave for 2-4 minutes until broccoli reaches your desired tenderness. (I use a Lekue* for quick and easy steaming of veggies.)
  • Place broccoli in a large bowl and set aside to cool while you prepare the sesame sauce.
  • Grind toasted sesame seeds. (Typically with a pestle and mortar, but you can try using a coffee/spice grinder, food processor, or blender. You may need to double or triple the quantity.)
  • Add sugar and soy sauce and mix in with the ground sesame seeds.
  • Add water as needed to make the sauce easier to mix with the broccoli.
  • Add sesame sauce to broccoli and mix well until broccoli is evenly coated.


Feel free to double the sauce ingredients depending on how much broccoli you have and how strong of a sesame flavor you want.
SOY SAUCE: I went light on the seasoning here so that this dish can be enjoyed with a saltier, flavorful main dish. But if you want to enjoy this on its own with rice or with a lighter dish, you can add up to 1 tbsp of soy sauce depending on your tastes.