Broccolini with Orange & Sesame
55 Min

Broccolini with Orange & Sesame

Broccolini was first created in Japan the 1990’s as a result of meticulous cross pollination between broccoli and kai lan, Chinese broccoli. It was smaller, milder, and more tender than traditional broccoli. It has since made its way into the cuisine of other countries including the United States. Packed with nutrients, vital minerals, and plenty of dietary fiber, broccolini cooks quickly and lends itself well to Asian flavors.

Rather than being overpowered by additional sugar, here is a recipe where fresh orange juice contributes to the natural sweetness of the dish. The toasted sesame oil provides a flourishing depth and slight smokiness to the dish. It’s wonderful just on its own or with plain white rice or noodles. 

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Cook Time

55 Minutes



Step 1
To make the sauce, bring the orange juice, red chile, ginger and salt to a boil over high heat. Simmer for 5 to 7 minutes or until the juice has reduced by a third.
Step 2
Take the pan off the heat and whisk in the cornstarch. Bring it back to a gentle boil until it thickens. Set aside until the broccolini is ready.
Step 3
In a shallow wide saucepan or frying pan over high heat, warm the toasted sesame oil. When the oil is hot, add the cumin seeds – they will pop and sizzle. This takes just a few seconds so immediately after, add the onion slices.
Step 4
Let the onions cook for a minute or two, then add the broccolini and salt. Cover the pan and cook on medium for just 2 to 3 minutes or until the broccolini has turned a bright green and almost cooked through. Turn the heat off and let it rest for 10 to 15 minutes.
Step 5
Pour the orange sauce over it, garnish with peanuts and serve.

Orange Sauce

1 cup fresh orange juice

1 teaspoon red chile powder

1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger

Generous pinch sea salt

2 teaspoon cornstarch

3 tablespoons toasted sesame oil

1 teaspoon cumin seeds

1/2 medium red onion, sliced thick

8 to 10 oz broccolini, cut into slices or spears

3/4 teaspoon sea salt  

1/4 cup toasted peanuts

55 Min

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