5-Minute Freezer Side: Broccoli with Sesame and Ginger

updated May 1, 2019
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Sesame and ginger are a flavor power couple, and now they’re bringing their talents to frozen broccoli. Together, their nutty zing seeps into the fluffy florets for a side dish you can bring to the table in about five minutes.

Why This 5-Minute Side Deserves a Spot on Your Table

From the get-go, it’s clear that this won’t be your average steamed broccoli. What makes this side stand out is cooking the broccoli along with fresh grated ginger. As this duo cooks, the florets get infused with the sweet and spicy fragrance of the ginger. Sesame oil adds a rich nuttiness, while the seeds bring a welcome crunch.

How to Make It

Microwave a 16-ounce bag of frozen broccoli along with 1 tablespoon of fresh-grated ginger, according to the package instructions, until cooked through. Drizzle with 1 to 2 tablespoons of sesame oil and top with sesame seeds.

5-Minute Freezer-to-Microwave Side Dishes

Starting with a 12- to 16-ounce bag of frozen veggies, we’ll show you how to mix it with three pantry ingredients, and get it on the table in five minutes with the help of the microwave.