This broccoli with peanut sauce made with ginger, garlic, sesame oil, soy sauce, lime, and peanut butter is a fast and failproof way to get everyone to eat their veggies. Dip, drag, and dredge steamed broccoli in the Thai-inspired sauce. Then let your imagination loose with any sauce that’s left over. Or make another batch because you just can’t get enough of it.
We love having simple go-to recipes that we can whip up any night of the week. This broccoli with peanut sauce is a delicious side to make with almost any dish or eaten by itself on a bed of coconut rice.–Katie and Giancarlo Caldesi
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HOW LONG DOES HOMEMADE PEANUT SAUCE LAST IN THE FRIDGE?
This dipping sauce can be a lifesaver when you make it ahead of time. Peanut sauce will last up to 3 days in the fridge. You can reheat it in the microwave or over low heat on the stovetop.
Broccoli with Peanut Sauce
For the peanut sauce
- 2 tablespoons untoasted sesame oil or substitute mild vegetable oil
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce or tamari
- 3 tablespoons lime juice or rice vinegar
- 1 1-inch piece fresh ginger peeled and finely grated
- 1 garlic clove finely grated
- 1/2 to 1 small green chile pepper or less to taste, thinly sliced
- 3 tablespoons smooth or crunchy peanut butter
- 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
- 2 teaspoons sesame seeds toasted
- 1 teaspoon honey
For the steamed broccoli
- 7 ounces broccoli or broccolini trimmed into uniform spears
- 2 teaspoons toasted sesame seeds to serve
Make the peanut sauce
- In a small bowl, whisk everything together. Taste and, if you like, add more of any ingredient.
Steam the broccoli
- If using broccoli with thick stems, you may wish to peel the thick outer layer of the stems with a vegetable peeler.
- Steam the broccoli or broccolini until almost but not quite as tender as you like, 3 to 5 minutes. Remove from the heat.
☞TESTER TIP: The broccoli or broccolini will continue to cook a little after you take it off the stove from the residual heat. Anticipate this so your broccoli isn’t sad and soggy.
Serve the broccoli with peanut sauce
- Shake, stir, or whisk the peanut sauce to recombine. If desired, add a little warm water, a few drops at a time, to thin the sauce.
- Drizzle some sauce on plates, top with the broccoli, and scatter with sesame seeds. Bring to the table while still warm.
Recipe Testers’ Reviews
I’d eat anything if it’s dipped in peanut sauce. In fact, I ate all of the broccoli in this recipe by myself, in one sitting, for a weeknight dinner last week. It was delicious and I really liked the chile in the tangy nutty sauce. I typically do not use chile pepper in a peanut sauce. (I used 1/2 medium jalapeño.)
I prefer steaming broccoli to boiling it. Boiled broccoli florets hold a lot of water and draining them in a colander is often not enough—you almost have to pick up each spear and shake the water out of the floret or dab it on a tea towel.
Since the recipe says to serve the broccolini warm (i.e. do not shock it in ice water after cooking), I feel 2 minutes of cooking time would be more appropriate. Without any cooling process, the broccoli kept cooking. So by the time I served it was softer than I prefer.
This recipe is delicious and healthful and a great way to introduce people to broccolini. It comes together in minutes but presents gorgeously. My guests loved it, simply picking up the long stems that were perfectly tender, dunking, and eating the broccolini whole.
It had a very Thai-influenced flavor and would pair wonderfully with other Thai tapas-style dishes, such as spring rolls, satay, fried ribs, lettuce wraps, etc.
Originally published June 17, 2019