Crispy Broccoli Sesame Rice

Crispy Broccoli Sesame Rice with Scallions and Egg

This recipe is perfect for a quick lunch, make-ahead and brown bag or weekday dinner as it’s literally prepared in minutes. Use up that leftover rice and frozen broccoli that’s been sitting in the back of the freezer for too long.

Crispy Broccoli Sesame Rice with Scallions and Egg

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: very easy
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by Marlene Schoepf


  • 1/2 package frozen broccoli florets (about 10 oz/4 cups)
  • 1 bunch fresh scallions
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tsp soy sauce
  • 1 garlic clove, grated
  • 1/2″ piece ginger, grated (or 1/2 tsp ground ginger)
  • 1 Tbsp canola or olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked (leftover) rice
  • 1/2 Tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 Tbsp rice vinegar or red wine vinegar
  • 2 tsp sesame seeds


  1. Steam or defrost the broccoli according to package instructions – typically about 4 minutes in the microwave. If necessary, cut into evenly sized florets. Transfer to a bowl.
  2. Cut scallions into 1″ pieces and add to broccoli. Sprinkle with 1 Tbsp canola or olive oil and 1 tsp salt. Toss to combine.
  3. Whisk eggs in a small bowl and season with a pinch of salt.
  4. In a separate small bowl, whisk soy sauce with grated (or ground) ginger and garlic.
  5. Heat a large cast-iron or non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Wait until the pan is hot! Add broccoli and scallions. Distribute evenly in the skillet and let sizzle undisturbed (!) for about 5 minutes until they are well charred. Toss with spatula and let sizzle for another 2-3 minutes. Transfer back to bowl.
  6. Reduce heat to medium-low, replace skillet and heat 1 Tbsp oil. Add eggs and quickly cook while constantly stirring for about 30 seconds.
  7. Add rice and soy sauce. Toss to combine. Increase heat to medium-high. Distribute rice evenly in the skillet, pressing it down. Let sizzle undisturbed (!) for about 5 minutes until crispy.
  8. Add broccoli back in, toss to combine. Remove from heat, add sesame oil and vinegar. Toss to combine.
  9. Divide among bowls and sprinkle with sesame seeds.

To achieve crispiness, resist the urge to move the broccoli and rice around. Let it sit and sizzle! A cast-iron skillet results in the best crunch but a non-stick version can work as well.

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