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Two-minute Broccoli with Sesame and Fried Shallots Recipe

Two-minute Broccoli with Sesame and Fried Shallots Recipe

Credit: Christie Connelly

This is my favourite unconventional way to steam vegies. I use a frying pan with a lid and get perfect results every time. The fried shallots add a beautiful textural crunch and work well with other vegies, too, like asparagus or zucchini.

Serves: 4 as a side



  • 1 large head broccoli, cut into florets
  • ¼ cup cold water
  • 1 tbsp salted butter
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 2 tbsp fried shallots (from Asian grocer or supermarket in jar or packet)
  • Lemon wedges, to serve
  1. Use deep frying pan with well-fitting lid. Heat on high, then add broccoli florets and water. The water should sizzle on contact. Stir for 1 min, then cover with lid and cook for 30 secs to 1 min more, shaking pan often, until broccoli is bright green and water has evaporated.
  2. Add butter and stir to melt so it coats broccoli.
  3. Transfer to serving bowl and sprinkle with sesame seeds and fried shallots.
  4. Scatter over lemon wedges and serve.


Christie Connelly

Christie publishes the popular Australian food blog Fig & Cherry featuring healthy, family-friendly meals and sweet treats with mouth-watering photography to match. Christie draws recipe inspiration from her Hungarian and Lebanese heritages, her travel adventures and, of course, the amazing fertile soil of the Northern Rivers with its abundance of local organic fruits, vegetables, delicious native produce and healthy free-range-reared animals. Her passion is educating parents, grandparents and carers how to shop for, prepare and cook healthy, nutritious food and to encourage children to enjoy it as well.