Friday, May 29, 2015

Charred Sesame Broccoli & Asparagus

If you happen to be counting how many recipes containing asparagus posted on this blog in the last month Charred Sesame Broccoli & Asparagus happens to be my third, after Beer Battered Asparagus with Yogurt Tarragon Dipping Sauce followed by Quick Asparagus Sauté with Caramelized Garlic and if these recipes were anything like children I could never pick a favorite.

There are other (boozy) green things down the pipeline, too - so make sure to keep checking back for more recipes and inspiration! 
This recipe has a lot of mojo because it comes together fast, it's super healthy and flavorful, and could be an easy weeknight meal. You'll want to read on for the recipe detailing how to cook, or char, with super high heat. After writing the recipe the only word I could think of was SIZZLE. Fun word. Make sure your veggies sizzle!

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Charred Sesame Broccoli & Asparagus

1/2 pound asparagus
1/2 pound broccoli
2 tablespoons grapeseed oil
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1 tablespoon sesame seeds

Cut asparagus and broccoli into similar sized pieces, about 2" long. Always use the stalk of the broccoli, just trim off any fibourous parts. 

Heat a large skillet over high heat until smoking (yes, smoking). Pour in grapeseed oil, heat for a second then quickly toss in vegetables, season with salt and pepper, toss one more time, then stop for 2-3 minutes. DO NOT TOUCH. Sizzle. Is. Good. 

Culinary Math: Sizzling = Caramelization = Flavor = Happy Mouths. 

Toss and let sizzle in this way for 7-9 minutes, or until crisp tender. Pour sesame seed oil over vegetables, toss for a minute, remove from heat and sprinkle sesame seeds over. Serve with a fried egg.


  1. I'm in the Sweet Beet CSA with you so I hope you post some recipes using the produce we get in our boxes each week.

  2. Awesomeness, Janet! Yes, a lot of my cooking I'll be doing this summer will be using Sweet Beet produce. However, sometimes all a farm fresh vegetable needs is some S&P, EVOO and a splash of vinegar.

  3. That is definitely some math I can follow. Well done lady, we <3 asparagus!


I'd love to hear all about your kitchen adventures! Xo, Becki