Asian-Style Broccolini (Bimi) with Sesame

Asian-Style Broccolini with Sesame

This Asian-Style Broccolini with Sesame recipe is a super simple way to prepare broccolini or even broccoli. The benefit of using broccolini is that the stems are tender enough to enjoy as well, and it only takes a few minutes to cook.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 146 kcal
Autor elle


  • 1 1/2 tablespoons white and black sesame seeds, toasted (or just white)
  • 400 g Broccolini (also known as Bimi)
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon unseasoned rice vinegar (Japanese)
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • pinch of crushed red pepper flakes, plus more to taste
  • sea salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • freshly squeezed juice of 1/2 lemon


  1. To prepare the sesame seeds, place the seeds in a dry skillet and toast on medium heat, stirring occasionally, for 3-5 minutes, or until lightly browned. Allow the seeds to cool for a couple minutes, then place them in a small electric grinder or blender and pulse a few times until most of the seeds are cracked open (a mortar and pestle can also be used). The seeds should only be cracked open, and not ground into a flour; the aim is to have some of the texture of the seeds remain.
  2. Now blanch the broccolini in a large pot of salted boiling water until crisp-tender, about 3 minutes. Drain and transfer to a large bowl of ice-cold water. Drain again and pat dry with paper towels (or a clean kitchen towel). Place in a large bowl.
  3. In a small bowl, stir in the olive oil and toasted sesame oil, rice vinegar, garlic, a pinch of red pepper flakes and most of the sesame seeds. Season with salt and pepper. Drizzle over the broccolini and toss to coat. Transfer to a serving plate; sprinkle with the remaining sesame seeds and drizzle over the fresh lemon juice. Feel free to season with more red pepper flakes, if desired.
  4. Serve and enjoy!


This recipe Asian-Style Bimi-Broccoli is also nice combined with sautéed porcini or oyster mushrooms. And it’s SUPER delicious with almond-sesame smoked tofu (from Taifun – available in organic food stores).