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Lemon-Ginger Broccoli

Lemon-Ginger Broccoli -A healthy and delicious way to prepare broccoli: With an Asian inspired sauce made with soy sauce, lemon juice, fresh ginger, and sesame oil.

After the last few months of holiday indulging, we’re definitely ready for some healthier food options and this recipe for Lemon-Ginger Broccoli is both healthy and delicious.

Steamed broccoli is tossed with a light Asian-inspired sauce made by combining soy sauce, lemon juice, lemon zest, freshly grated ginger and sesame oil.  Some hot sesame oil also adds just a little bit of heat (it’s not too spicy at all – just the perfect amount of warmth) and it really compliments the broccoli and other flavors.

This recipe, originally published here, also calls for a small amount of fructose in the sauce which helps to mellow out the flavors.  I think this sauce is delicious without the added sweetness, but let your own taste buds decide – adding fructose (or sugar) is optional.


Lemon-Ginger Broccoli

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 4 mins
  • Total Time: 14 minutes
  • Yield: 6-8 servings


  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
  • 1½ teaspoons toasted sesame oil
  • 1½ teaspoons hot sesame oil (or hot pepper oil, which is found more readily at the grocery store, may be substituted)
  • 1 tablespoon fructose or sugar (optional)
  • 8 cups bite-sized broccoli florets and peeled stems (about two medium crowns)


  1. To prepare the sauce, combine the soy sauce, lemon juice, lemon zest, freshly grated ginger, sesame oil, hot oil and fructose in a small bowl. Whisk to combine.
  2. Steam the broccoli for about 3-4 minutes until tender but still crisp. Drain well.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the broccoli and sauce and toss to coat the broccoli.
  4. Serve hot, warm or at room temperature.

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  1. These two flavors sound so yummy together! Definitely going to have to try this 🙂

  2. Hi there. Food on Friday: Ginger is open for entries. This looks like a good one! I do hope you link it in. This is the link . Please do pop back to check out some of the other links. Happy New Year!

  3. Martha, thank you for linking this in to Food on Friday. We are now getting a great collection of dishes using ginger together. I hope you have stopped by some of the other links to check them out!

    Ps I have just signed up to follow your blog by Google Reader. A follow back to Carole’s Chatter would be wonderful – or have you already followed? Cheers