If you are bored with plain old steamed broccoli, this Gochujang Sesame Broccoli will spice things up in your veggie routine!
Broccoli was one of those foods I struggled to eat growing up. I didn’t like the smell or taste. And it was often served boiled – which meant it would almost certainly be mushy.
It was only when I was an adult that I realized I could actually enjoy broccoli – I just needed to know how to cook it!
One of my favorite ways to cooking broccoli now is to roast it. I recently tried to make Gochujang Sesame Broccoli and after the first bite, I just knew I had to share it with you!
Gochujang Sesame Broccoli is a Korean-style dish, where the broccoli is coated in Gochujang paste and roasted. It is simple to make, and often served as a side dish. It sure beats plain, boiled broccoli!
What is Gochujang?
“Gochujang” is a core ingredient in Korean cooking.
It is a red chile paste. It is a thick, sticky sauce, that is very concentrated, with a pungent flavor. Apart from red chiles, it also contains fermented soybeans, salt, glutinous rice, and sometimes also sweeteners, depending on the brand.
How hot or spicy is Gochujang?
Different brands will have different levels of heat, so look at the packaging for an indicator of the spice level.
How to Use Gochujang
When it comes to Gochujang, a little goes a long way. It is not really used as-is (for example, it’s a little strong to be used on its own as a dip). It is commonly used by mixing it into marinades for meat dishes, mixed into dipping sauces, or even a little added to stews or soups.
I particularly like this Gochujang Sesame Broccoli recipe because it requires just 5 minutes of prep. It really feels like no time at all. Then I can put it in the oven, and prepare the rest of the meal while the broccoli is roasting.
- Preheat the oven to 400°F.
- In a small bowl, whisk together gochugang sauce, sesame oil and rice vinegar. Season with salt and pepper.
- Place broccoli crowns in a large bowl and add in the sauce. Toss to combine.
- Transfer broccoli to a sheet pan and roast for 20-30 minutes until crispy.
- Garnish with sesame seeds.
- Serving Size: 1 cup
- Calories: 70
- Fat: 4g
- Carbohydrates: 7g
- Fiber: 2g
- Protein: 5g
Keywords: gochujang broccoli