Sesame Broccoli with Arame & Daikon

(Mahalia’s Recipe)

This recipe is a simple “side” that integrates a sea vegetable, Arame.  With the classic Japanese flavors of toasted sesame with soy sauce, this broccoli dish will disappear fast. Perfect to accompany broiled/roasted tempeh, fish or chicken with ginger-tamari marinade, this dish is fancy enough for a party and easy enough to be part of a weekday meal.


Daikon Radish

1 bunch organic broccoli, washed and chopped into florets, with the stem peeled and chopped into bite-size pieces

1 medium daikon radish, peeled and chopped into quarter rounds

1/2 cup arame seaweed

1/4 cup sesame seeds

3 tbsp tamari (or umeboshi vinegar if cooking for someone with a soy sensitivity)

3 tbsp toasted sesame oil



In a heat-proof bowl or measuring cup, add boiling water to the dry arame (immerse completely) and let it sit while you prepare the other ingredients. Steam broccoli, add to serving bowl. Steam daikon until it reaches desired tenderness (it is often eaten raw, but it gets less peppery as it cooks, so it depends on your tastes or those of your dining companions). Add to serving bowl. While the veggies are steaming, toast sesame seeds in a dry pan until they are fragrant and slightly browned. Put the seeds in a small bowl and set aside. Drain the arame in a fine mesh strainer or colander.  Add to serving bowl. Combine tamari (or umeboshi vinegar) and toasted sesame oil, pour over veggies & seaweed, add sesame seeds, toss. Taste and adjust seasonings. Enjoy!


Nutrient Highlights

This dish is good for you. So good! Due to the nutrients it contains, it is bone-healthy, detoxifying, anti-inflammatory, alkalizing, and hormone balancing. Eat up!


Broccoli: Good source of fibre, Calcium, Vitamin C. Contains indole-3-carbinol (I3C), a compound that helps break down estrogen, supporting healthy hormone balance. I3C is used in supplement form in conditions from pms to cervical dysplasia to breast cancer. For prevention, eat broccoli and related vegetables, raw or lightly cooked. Broccoli also contains sulfur compounds such as sulforaphane that support liver detoxification and decrease/prevent joint inflammation.

Daikon: Detoxifying via sulfur compounds and the amino acid, cysteine.


Arame: Supports thyroid health, and breast health. Rich in Iodine, binds to heavy metals, anticancer properties.

Sesame: Good source of Calcium, rich in other minerals including Magnesium, Phosphorus & Potassium. Good source of fibre.


Marketplace tips:

Find Arame and Umeboshi Vinegar (a delicious, salty, barely plum-flavored vinegar) in the macrobiotic or Japanese section of your local natural food store.

Find Daikon, a long, white radish, in an Asian market or in the produce section of some supermarkets. Note that it may be labeled as “lo bok”.

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