Sesame Ginger Steamed Broccoli

This is a wonderful Macrobiotic recipe that seasons the broccoli without overpowering its natural taste. Mirin is a sweet rice wine that has a low alcohol content but adds a depth of flavour and natural sheen to the dish. If you can’t find mirin, use a natural teriyaki sauce, which contains mirin and soya sauce.

Serves 2–3


500 g broccoli cut into florets

2 tbsp mirin & 1 tbsp tamari, or 3 tbsp teriyaki sauce

1 tbsp grated fresh ginger

1 tsp sesame oil

100 ml vegetable stock

pinch of salt

1 tsp sesame seeds


Place the broccoli, mirin & tamari/teriyaki, ginger, oil and stock in large pan.

Cover, and bring to a simmer over a medium heat. Steam for 4 minutes, or until the broccoli is bright green and crisp-tender. Add a little more stock if it dries out.

Dry-roast the sesame seeds in a saucepan.

Add the salt and grind with a pestle and mortar.

Sprinkle over the cooked broccoli.

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