Chef's Recipes

Yama Kitchen & Bar's roasted broccoli with roasted sesame sauce

“Roasted broccoli teamed with a soy and sesame sauce makes a very savoury side dish,” says Hamish Nugent.

By Hamish Nugent, Rachel Reed & Michael Ryan
  • 25 mins preparation mins
  • 35 mins cooking mins
  • Serves 6
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Roasted broccoli with roasted sesame sauce


  • 300 gm broccoli (2 heads), halved
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • Dried bonito-flavoured sesame seeds
Roasted sesame sauce
  • 30 gm white sesame seeds
  • ½ tsp caster sugar
  • 1½ tbsp Kewpie mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp Japanese rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp tamari
  • 2½ tsp mirin
  • 2½ tsp sesame oil


  • 1
    For roasted sesame sauce, preheat oven to 180C. Roast sesame seeds on an oven tray, stirring a couple of times, until golden brown (6-10 minutes). Finely grind sesame seeds and sugar with a mortar and pestle or, for a finer sauce, grind in a high-speed blender. Add remaining ingredients and whisk to combine.
  • 2
    Increase oven to 250C. Blanch broccoli until just tender, but not soft (1½-2 minutes; see cook's notes p177). Refresh in iced water, drain and pat dry with paper towels. Oil and season broccoli with salt all over. Place in a roasting pan lined with baking paper and roast until it starts to caramelise (12-18 minutes).
  • 3
    Pour sesame dressing onto plates and top with roasted broccoli, scatter with bonito-flavoured sesame seeds and serve.


Bonito-flavoured sesame seeds are available from

  • Author: Hamish Nugent, Rachel Reed & Michael Ryan