Korean Roasted Broccoli

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I’m not too fond of roasted carrots because the taste is just too concentrated for me. I can eat carrots plain, but roasted carrots have a completely different flavor that I find hard to swallow. The only roasted carrots I do like are the ones served at ABC Kitchen. Even then, I need to eat bread with the carrots to damper the flavors of the roasted carrot.

As far as I know, carrots are pretty much the only food I do not like roasted. I recently tried a roasted broccoli dish found at Amateur Gourmet, and they tasted amazing.

The broccoli was crisp and salty. They reminded me profusely of roasted seaweed. If you haven’t tasted roasted seaweed before, roasted seaweed are incredibly thin, crunchy little snacks. Thinner than paper, they make a great wrap for rice. Salt and sesame oil add a ton of flavor to the otherwise plain sea vegetable.

The original roasted broccoli recipe calls for olive oil, but since I was out of olive oil, I used sesame seed oil. Thus, the roasted broccoli was flavored by the same exact ingredients used to make roasted seaweed.The tiny little spheres at the head of broccoli were so crunchy that they simply snapped off. In addition, the broccoli heads are practically a sponge that absorbs the simple, yet rich, flavors of sesame seed oil and salt.

Adapted from Amateur Gourmet


  • 4-5 pounds broccoli
  • 5 tbsp sesame seed oil
  • 1 tbsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper


  1. Cut broccoli into small florets and toss in sesame seed oil.
  2. Sprinkle sea salt generously over the broccoli. Sprinkle some black peppers too.
  3. Roast broccoli in oven and on a baking pan for 25 minutes at 425ºF. Be sure that the broccoli is completely dry before putting them into the oven!

About Earl

Hi, my name is Earl. I am a student who loves to analyze food and eat healthy. My careful eye for food has caused me to become interested in the science behind food and cooking, and I write about my explorations into food on my website Toastable.com. While I believe in sticking to whole, natural foods, I'm not afraid to work with avant-garde ingredients and equipment such as constant temperature water baths and sodium alginate. I also love photography, technology, and journalism.

28. July 2010 von Earl
Categories: Recipes | Tags: , , | 8 comments

  • handson wu

    Yea without the salt and pepper, you're just left with the nice texture of the broccoli. It's surprising how much flavor those seasonings add to it. But they mash well with the broccoli. Have you ever tried roasted broccoli with melted cheese? Seems appetizing but i have no idea how it would taste so….

    Got the idea from an episode of the PowerPufff Girls when those evil Broccoli invaded Townsville hahaha

    • http://toastable.com earl lee

      Oh yea! Broccoli with cheddar cheese was a dish I ate a lot as a kid. My mom would make that for me all the time. Broccoli with cheddar cheese is so comforting because its warm and creamy, like macaroni and cheese. Unfortunately, it is not the healthiest of broccoli dishes out there—for obvious reasons.

      Here is one recipe I found: http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/recipes/1405

      That recipe doesn't seem too unhealthy.

  • Phyu-Sin

    As weird as this may sound, reading about broccoli made me extremely hungry. Is it really that appetizing? My mom usually just sauté it in canola oil with salt and pepper with garlic and it tastes just okay. My only question about making broccoli that way is that, doesn't it end up tasting really dry?

    • http://toastable.com earl lee

      In this dish, the dryness of the broccoli makes it unique. Some of the smaller pieces of broccoli even become so crispy that they're almost like potato chips. They turn out to be a crunchy sort of "snack." Personally, I like the crispness of the roasted broccoli.

  • http://twitter.com/lilsarraa Sara Grayum

    Mmmm, I love korean flavors like sesame oil, and I love broccoli almost just as much! Yum! Def. trying this tonight.

    • http://toastable.com earl lee

      Great! I hope you like it.

  • Kara

    Yum! Found this recipe when searching for a side utilizing broccoli and sesame oil. Enjoyed it very much along with rice and Korean roasted chicken thighs.
    Great website!

    • http://toastable.com earl lee

      I’m glad you liked it! I love the flavor and texture of this dish.