How To Make Perfectly Crisp Sesame-Ginger Broccoli

Contributing writer By Urvashi Pitre, Ph.D.
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Urvashi Pitre, Ph.D. is a cookbook author and the Founder and President of Tasseologic, a data-driven, brand experience agency. She is also the Founder of the recipe blog, Two Sleevers, which she created specifically for foodies who enjoy good food but don’t always have the time to cook elaborate meals.

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Crispy Sesame-Ginger Broccoli

Serves 4

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  • 3 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
  • 2 teaspoons sesame seeds
  • 1 tablespoon chili-garlic sauce
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh ginger
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 (16-ounce) package frozen broccoli florets (do not thaw)


  1. In a large bowl, combine the sesame oil, sesame seeds, chili-garlic sauce, ginger, salt, and pepper. Stir until well combined. Add the broccoli and toss until well coated.
  2. Arrange the broccoli in the air fryer basket. Set the air fryer to 325°F for 15 minutes, or until the broccoli is crisp, tender, and the edges are lightly browned, gently tossing halfway through the cooking time.

Recipe excerpted from Air Fryer Revolution: 100 Crispy, Healthy, Fast & Fresh Recipes © 2019 by Urvashi Pitre. Reproduced by permission of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.

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