This Paleo Sesame Broccoli is suitable for keto, Whole 30, vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free diets! The perfect warm-weather side dish, packed full of an addicting flavor thanks to the garlic and sesame oil.
The last few months have been absolutely insane. Working two jobs plus going to rehearsals, spending a week with family visiting from overseas, and then being the overseas family visiting Greece for two weeks…and then moving from Scotland to England. I finally feel like I have a chance to breathe!
This post’s featured artist is a wonderful woman named Katie Sachs. When we both lived in Austin, TX, she was an original Magical Spacecat member (along with James!) and I also played violin & saw, and sang harmonies occasionally at her shows. We were also roommates in a house full of strange men for about a year. Very interesting times! Katie is now thriving as a musician and masseuse in Asheville, NC, and hopefully will be visiting Europe on tour soon!
How to make this paleo Sesame Broccoli
First, cut up the broccoli and steam it. You can also boil it, but I prefer it steam to keep more of the nutrition and have a bit of crunch.
While the broccoli is steaming, mix your other ingredients in a bowl. The bowl should be big enough to add the broccoli later.
Mix broccoli with sauce ingredients. Adjust salt as needed.
Is sesame oil Whole 30?
I would say yes, but in small amounts. Some seed oils (soyabean, peanut, corn, etc.) are completely off limits because they break the no legumes/no grains rule. Sesame seeds are not legumes, nor grains so they should be fine. However, for your main cooking oil in other dishes, I would stick to a healthier option like coconut oil, olive oil or avocado oil.
Why this Sesame Broccoli recipe is so good:
It’s good for you!
The broccoli and garlic are absolutely packed with essential nutrition and boost your immune system
It’s super easy to make – ready in 10 – 15 minutes, depending on how soft you want your broccoli.
It tastes amazing! The garlic mixed with sesame and coconut aminoes – a very much loved, complex flavour!
One of my favourite things about this dish is that it can be served hot or cold. I love both, but tend to lean towards the cold in summer, hot in winter.
Add spice! Oh boy. So good. A bit of Chinese 5 spice is great in this dish. It goes so well with the coconut aminoes.
Add heat! 1/2 tsp of red chilli flakes or powder and this recipe will rock up to a whole new level!
The garlic is raw. Use less if you don’t want a powerful flavour. You can also sauté it for a minute before adding it to the sauce for a more subtle flavour.
Make and chill the day before you serve, if you’d prefer it cold!
Have you made this recipe? I’d love to know! Tag me on Facebook and Instagram, Pin it on Pinterest, or leave a star rating review below!
- mixing bowl
- 1-1 1/2 lbs 450-700g broccoli about 1 head
- 1 tbs sesame seeds
- 1 tbs sesame oil toasted
- 1 small garlic clove
- 1 1/2 tbs coconut aminoes
- Boil water for steaming
- Cut the broccoli into bite-sized pieces
- Steam broccoli for 10 minutes
- Mix other ingredients in bowl
- Add broccoli
- Serve immediately or chill in fridge for 1 hour