nutritional information

Per 1 1/3-cup serving:

  • Calories: 73
  • Protein: 4 g
  • Total Fat: 4 g
  • Saturated Fat: <1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 8 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
  • Sodium: 663 mg
  • Fiber: 4 g
  • Sugar: <1 g

Sesame-Ginger Broccoli Soup

Sesame-Ginger Broccoli Soup

Serves 6

30 minutes or fewer

A combination of ginger, sesame, and tamari add Asian flavors to a simple broccoli soup.
  • 10 cups broccoli florets, divided
  • 1 2-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and sliced
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 Tbs. low-sodium tamari or soy sauce
  • 1 Tbs. toasted sesame oil
  • 1 Tbs. pickled ginger, plus more 
for garnish, plus 1 Tbs. pickling liquid
  • 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.

January/February 2014 p.24

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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.

India - 2015-10-06 00:55:26

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

Owen - 2015-07-15 18:07:19

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!

Missy Carol - 2014-09-20 15:23:27

Hey, we just tried this tonight and it was awesome! It had a great flavor & 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

Carolyn Barrett - 2014-07-01 02:17:15

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!

mary - 2014-02-18 00:53:03

Brocolli soup with sesame

Pragya - 2014-02-18 00:09:10

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.

danny - 2014-01-22 01:18:52

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.

Brooke - 2014-01-12 19:49:26

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.

Kathleen Kadel - 2014-01-07 22:33:24