Steamed Broccoli with Sesame Lime Dressing is quick & healthy

Servings: 6-8 serving(s)

Prep time: 5 minutes

Total time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 10 minutes

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This, I discovered, is how you can make broccoli more interesting…

Cook it just until it’s crisp-tender then douse it in a sweet, toasty and tart dressing made with sesame oil, molasses and lime juice.

broccoli salad with sesame lime dressing

Late last month broccoli began appearing at our local farmer’s market, gorgeous big heads of it. Usually we eat more cauliflower than broccoli but it’s hard to resist any beautiful vegetable when they’re grown locally.

Plain old steamed broccoli is my kids’ favourite, but I find it a little tedious (my husband and I prefer roasted broccoli.) This recipe is the happy medium since I can steam enough broccoli for all of us, set some aside for my kids and then dress the rest with this tangy dressing. The original recipe includes chunks of cooked sweet potato along with the broccoli.

Try this recipe for a change from roasted or plain steamed broccoli. Serve it with rice and baked haddock, and drizzle extra dressing over everything.

Steamed Broccoli with Sesame Lime Dressing Recipe

Adapted from the excellent cookbook Moosewood Restaurant Cooks at Home


  • 1 bunch of broccoli, cut into florets, stalks peeled & sliced on the diagonal
  • 1 Tbsp. toasted sesame oil
  • 1 Tbsp. low sodium soy sauce or tamari (gluten-free)
  • 1 Tbsp. Crosby’s Fancy Molasses
  • 3 Tbsp. fresh lime juice
  • Salt & freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1/2 Tbsp. sesame seeds, lightly toasted
  • Dash of Tabasco or sriracha (optional)


  1. Steam the broccoli until tender but firm then plunge into ice cold water to stop the cooking. Drain well.
  2. To make the dressing measure all ingredients into a mason jar with a tight fitting lid. Give it a good shake until well combined.
  3. Plate broccoli and pour over the dressing. Sprinkle with sesame seeds.


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8 thoughts on “Steamed Broccoli with Sesame Lime Dressing is quick & healthy

  1. Janie Somerville says:

    I am a new subscriber. Would like to try some of your recipes. Thanks Janie.

    1. Hi Janie! We can send you a free cookbook if you’d like to give us your mailing address?

  2. Trish says:

    This site sounds wonderful. Do you have any gluten free receipes

    1. Bridget Oland says:

      Hi Trish, We do have a growing collection of GF recipes:

  3. Sharon Whitaker says:

    Could you add substitutions, listing them just incase our pantry is out of the items listed on your recipe, with Covid-19 we can’t get all ingredients.

    1. Bridget Oland says:

      Great suggestion Sharon. I’ll try to get into the habit of listing alternatives. I’m sure lots of readers would find that helpful, especially these days.

  4. Rose Fenton says:

    Hi Ms Bridget
    I bought crosby’s molasses to make brown sugar. The flavor and color were really good. Never use it for cooking though but will try next time I cook. Would you happened to have written recipe I could start with? Also I am on LOW FODMAP diet. Molasses is one of them. Thank you so much.

    1. Bridget Oland says:

      Hi Rose, We’d be happy to mail you a copy of our cookbook. Just forward your mailing address to me via email. I’m
      We also have a lot of refined sugar free recipes.

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