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Sesame-Ginger Broccoli Soup

A combination of ginger, sesame, and tamari add Asian flavors to a simple broccoli soup.



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10 cups broccoli florets, divided
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1 2-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and sliced
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1 tsp. salt
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2 Tbs. low-sodium tamari or soy sauce
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1 Tbs. toasted sesame oil
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1 Tbs. pickled ginger, plus more 
for garnish, plus 1 Tbs. pickling liquid
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1 Tbs. toasted black and/or white sesame seeds, for garnish


1. Set aside 2 cups smallest, prettiest broccoli florets.

2. Bring 8 cups water, fresh ginger, 
and salt to a boil in large pot. Add remaining 8 cups broccoli florets; cook 
5 to 7 minutes, or until broccoli is bright green and tender.

3. Transfer broccoli from water to blender with slotted spoon; discard ginger. Carefully add cooking water, tamari, oil, pickled ginger, and pickling liquid to blender. Purée until smooth.

4. Return soup to pot, and turn heat 
to medium-low. Add reserved 2 cups broccoli florets, and simmer soup 
5 to 7 minutes, or until florets are crisp-tender. Season with salt and 
pepper, if desired. Garnish with pickled ginger and sesame seeds.

Nutrition Information: 

4 g
Total Fat: 
4 g
Saturated Fat: 
<1 g
8 g
0 mg
663 mg
4 g
<1 g
Serves 6

Comments on this Recipe

I am eating this right now and it is so delicious and perfect for counteracting this cold wave! I used Bragg's Liquid Aminos instead of Tamari and it needed a bit more to finish it off. I also ground up 2 slices of the fresh ginger from the cooking water for a bit more ginger flavor. Beautiful and satisfying! Don't be fooled by it's simplicity- it is really good and I would serve it to company.

Contrary to what Kathleen writes, we felt the opposite. My husband and I were unimpressed. It's very bland and boring. I would need to add so much to improve the recipe, but then it would be an entirely different soup. Basically, this is a ginger broccoli tea. I will NOT serve this to company.

Mine also seems to be more of a tea than the thick soup pictured. I'll throw some some corn starch at it and hope for the best.

Brocolli soup with sesame

After reading the reviews, I reduced the water to 4 cups. Then I blended it adding about a cup of almond milk until it reached the desired consistency. I added 2 teaspoons of sriracha and 1 cup of shredded sharp white cheddar. Turned out ok that way!

Hey, we just tried this tonight and it was awesome! It had a great flavor &amp; very different. The only fat is 1Tbl sesame oil for the whole pot. Look at the calorie content-nothing!!! I made it with frozen broccoli. I didn't think the sesame seeds added anything so I'd skip it. See you soon Love, Nancy

Use toasted raw sesame seeds found in Whole Foods bulk bins. Packaged sesame seeds lack flavor, even after toasting. To toast sesame seeds: place on baking sheet with sides in a 350 degree oven for 10-15 minutes. They will smoke a little. Stir now and then while toasting. Cool and keep a jar-full on the counter for all sorts of things!

The soup turned out quite weird, could even say gross.

I've made this twice so far. Once with Chinese Broccoli with a kale and homemade croutons for garnish. Next with Kale with a splash of cream added and mixed Korean pickled vegetables for garnish. We loved it. Easy, healthy, low calorie, and versatile. I am definitely doing this more.