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Are you searching for a way to jazz up plain old steamed broccoli? If so, you have come to the right place!
Allow me to introduce this Korean Broccoli Side Dish to you. It's kind of like a Korean broccoli salad and is considered a banchan. Banchan are Korean side dishes, and this broccoli dish is as good as what you would get at Korean restaurants!
If you love Korean cuisine and Korean cooking, you've got to add this delicious and healthy side dish to your repertoire!
Why You Will Love This Easy Recipe
You will love this recipe and this great side dish because:
- It's delicious! The tender broccoli tastes nutty with the sesame oil, and has a bit of a spicy kick due to the Korean red pepper flakes. There is a hint of sweetness with the sugar we include and if you are a fan of garlic, you will love the garlic flavor!
- Preparing this Korean banchan is super easy. You can add this to your list of go-to simple recipes for Korean food.
- This is not only a tasty side dish, but it's healthy too! Read about the health benefits of broccoli at an article from Healthline.com called "Top 14 Health Benefits of Broccoli."
- You can enjoy this healthy Asian broccoli salad as part of a delicious Korean meal, or as an accompaniment to any main course!
So here are the simple ingredients you will need to make this Korean broccoli banchan:
- Fresh broccoli
- Sesame oil
- Gochugaru (Korean red pepper flakes)
- Fresh garlic
- Black pepper
- Rice vinegar
- Soy sauce
- Sesame seeds (optional)
You should be able to buy most of these ingredients at your local grocery store with the exception of the Korean red pepper flakes. These can be purchased at Asian markets, and I have provided links to buy some of these items from Amazon for your convenience.
It's SUPER SIMPLE to make this delicious side dish!
Start by preparing your broccoli. Remove the tough bottom end of the broccoli crown. Cut the broccoli into long and thin pieces with florets and a little of the broccoli stems attached as pictured in the INGREDIENTS section.
Steam the broccoli for around 10 minutes, or until the broccoli is nice and tender. Remove from the heat and allow to cool for a bit.
While the broccoli is steaming, combine the remaining ingredients (dressing ingredients) in a large bowl. Stir or whisk until the ingredients are well combined.
Add the steamed broccoli to the dressing and stir to dress the broccoli with the sauce.
Last but not least, add some sesame seeds if desired for some extra nutty flavor!
Suggestions For Serving
You can enjoy this chilled, at room temperature, or even lightly warmed.
However you decide to serve it, I know you and your family will love this great way with broccoli!
Store any leftovers in your fridge in an airtight container and enjoy within 3-4 days.
Steaming broccoli may be one of the healthiest ways to cook broccoli because you won't experience the loss of vitamins and nutrients that occurs when boiling.
You can omit the Korean red pepper flakes if you don't like spicy food. However, you could reduce the amount called for in the recipe and still include a small amount. I love including gochugaru because the red color of the red pepper flakes goes well with the green broccoli for some vibrant colors!
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Easy Korean Broccoli Side Dish Recipe
- large pot
- ½ lb broccoli use fresh broccoli and cut into florets with a little of the stem attached
- 1 tablespoon sesame oil
- 1 teaspoon gochugaru Korean red pepper flakes
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ⅛ teaspoon black pepper
- 1 teaspoon rice vinegar
- ½ teaspoon sugar
- 1 teaspoon soy sauce
- sesame seeds
- Start by preparing your broccoli. Remove the tough bottom end of the broccoli crown. Cut the broccoli into long and thin pieces with florets and a little of the broccoli stems attached as pictured. Steam the broccoli for around 10 minutes, or until the broccoli is nice and tender. Remove from the heat and allow to cool for a bit.
- While the broccoli is steaming, combine the remaining ingredients (dressing ingredients) in a large bowl. Stir or whisk until the ingredients are well combined.
- Add the steamed broccoli to the dressing and stir to dress the broccoli with the sauce. Add some sesame seeds if desired. Enjoy!