Recipes

Broccoli salad

When I was in Korea, broccoli wasn’t easy to find, so it wan’t a familiar vegetable in Korean cuisine. I only saw in specialty import shops in local markets and in the imported food section at large department stores. Probably it’s more widely available in Korea these days, but at that time it was a specialty item. But of course here in New York City I can find it anywhere, at a reasonable price

I’ve never liked raw broccoli – I just don’t like the texture. It’s too tough, and no matter how much I chew it, it never seems to get chewed enough. And the aftertaste is not that good, either. So I have to put a bit of work into this nutritious vegetable before I like to eat it, usually by pickling or steaming.

One of my favorite BBQ places of all time is Fette Sau in Brooklyn. They make a delicious broccoli salad as a side dish for their BBQ and customers never miss ordering it with their beef brisket, including me. It’s really tasty, but it has a lot of olive oil, so it looks and tastes really oily. It’s ok once in a while, but I couldn’t eat it all the time.

One time after going to Fette Sau, I got the idea for this recipe. When I came home, I experimented with steaming methods to figure out how to do it without hassle. I also worked on reducing the amount of oil and added crushed chili peppers and vinegar, which makes it a little Korean. The taste turned out fantastic, and I knew that I wanted to share this recipe with all my readers!

Springtime is here, so it’s a great time to eat this fresh vegetable, and this recipe makes it even fresher and brighter. BBQ season is right around the corner, so when you eat this, don’t forget to say: “Let’s eat a broccoli tree!” : )

Ingredients:

  • 2 heads of broccoli (1½ pounds)
  • 3 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons of salt
  • 2 teaspoons of sugar
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon of crushed hot pepper (optional)
  • ½ teaspoon of ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon of white or apple cider vinegar

Directions:

  1. Thoroughly wash the broccoli in cold water to remove any dirt from between the florets.
  2. Cut off the tough tip of the stem of each head of broccoli, then cut the heads lengthwise along the individual florets, toward the stem and about 4 inch long. Each piece will look like a little tree.
  3. Place the broccoli trees into a pot and add ¼ cup water. Bring to a boil with the lid closed for 10 minutes over medium high heat.
  4. Open the lid, drain, and let it cool down for a few minutes.
    broccoli_steamed
  5. Make a coating sauce by combining the olive oil, salt, sugar, garlic, dried and crushed chili pepper, ground black pepper, and vinegar in a large mixing bowl.
    Broccoli salad_dressing
  6. Add the broccoli to the coating sauce and mix it all together.
  7. Serve warm or cold as a side dish for barbecue or any type of meat dish, or as a snack.
    Steamd Broccoli Salad

 

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15 Comments:

  1. Fiona61 Australia My profile page joined 9/14
    Posted September 23rd, 2014 at 2:34 am | # |

    Hi, I made some minor changes, I used balsamic vinegar glaze in place of the vinegar and used hot pepper sauce (Korean kind) because I didnt have the ground pepper, turned out deliciously. Love your recipes.

  2. MeepKitty Florida My profile page joined 10/12
    Posted April 10th, 2013 at 9:48 pm | # |

    I just got done finishing making this and eating it in 2 minutes! It’s so delicious!! Quick, easy, simple and most importantly tasty! :) I think this dressing would be great on any type of florets…nice time I will try it with asparagus and cauliflower!! Yummm, the red pepper flakes truly adds a kick.

    • Maangchi New York City My profile page joined 8/08
      Posted April 12th, 2013 at 10:31 am | # |

      “Quick, easy, simple and most importantly tasty! :)” Exactly that’s what I’m saying! : ) asparagus and cauliflower sound great!

  3. Jasper Philippines My profile page joined 5/11
    Posted April 9th, 2013 at 5:54 am | # |

    Hi Maangchi… I just made this for lunch a while ago for my family. We had it with sisig tuna (Filipino recipe for tuna), and I can say it was a perfect combination. They really went well with each other.. When I cook broccoli, I usually steam it , and make a white sauce for it.. But I just made pasta with white sauce the other week.. I wanted to try out something different. Your recipe came at the perfect time :)

  4. Katz singapore My profile page joined 2/13
    Posted April 7th, 2013 at 12:38 pm | # |

    Maangchi, I really miss your posts! I’m going to try your broccoli recipe. Thank you for uploading!

  5. ToddMen8302 US My profile page joined 4/13
    Posted April 7th, 2013 at 5:28 am | # |

    I am currently trying out this recipe…in the form of your broccoli pickle recipe! I am going to be trying your gamjajeon recipe as well. I have also made bap, nurungji, and sungnyung. I love nurungji! It reminds me of my favorite Japanese rice crackers and is much healthier because there is a lot less sodium I think. Keep up the wonderful videos :D!

  6. pucca My profile page joined 3/11
    Posted April 6th, 2013 at 11:40 am | # |

    This looks really good and healthy! I think I read somewhere that boiling broccoli lightly as you do here is the best way to make its nutrients available. I wonder if this recipe would be good with cauliflower…

    Fette Sau is delicious!! :)

  7. Miss Kim78 socali My profile page joined 3/13
    Posted April 6th, 2013 at 7:27 am | # |

    Greetings Maangchi! Cute hairdo. I must try this next time for banchan. It’s so quick ‘n easy, and looks delish.You eat it so deliciously at the end lol.

    Sometimes I steam and sometimes I’ll poach broccoli..but microwave?? Olneydiana, I think you will notice the difference in taste and texture if you tried steaming the broccoli. And there was also a study that showed that microwaving can deprive the full nutrients of vegetables.

    • Miss Kim78 socali My profile page joined 3/13
      Posted April 8th, 2013 at 2:06 am | # |

      Lol..i actually did make this tonight. I made fried rice, and for banchan, I had this broccoli dish, kimchi, and cucumbers (dipped in gochujang)….simple quick and easy meals to satiate my hunger when I’m not in the mood for heavy cooking. The broccoli was delicious. I also added toasted sesame seeds to mine, for that crunch. I loved the savory tang of the dressing.

  8. olneydiana Maryland, USA My profile page joined 9/11
    Posted April 5th, 2013 at 4:46 pm | # |

    Hi – I microwave broccoli. I put it in a bowl, and place a small plate on top. Set microwave for 4 minutes, and it comes out beautifully! Cheers!


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