Roasted Frozen Broccoli in Tahini Sauce

Farm to table vegetables are all the rage! Who wouldn’t be happy to eat tender-crisp fresh vegetables everyday!  But frozen vegetables have a lot going for them, especially when served up in a tasty dish like Roasted Frozen Broccoli in Tahini Sauce.  

Roasted Frozen Broccoli in Tahini Sauce

Roasted Frozen Broccoli in Tahini Sauce

I love the growing season with it’s unblemished produce and varied choices.  But for many of us, winter is long.  And imported items from California (or even the southern hemisphere–gasp!) come at an economic and environmental cost.   

Drizzle broccoli with olive oil before roasting

Drizzle broccoli with olive oil before roasting

Enter frozen vegetables with some benefits of their own. Watching your pennies?  Off season frozen may be a steal!  Garden or CSA with a bumper crop?  Preserve the extras!  Committed to eating local?  Freeze for winter.  And if they are frozen right after harvest, their nutrition may even exceed fresh!

Bite of Roasted Frozen Broccoli in Tahini Sauce

Bite of Roasted Frozen Broccoli in Tahini Sauce

In the past my frozen broccoli has gone into casseroles like Chicken Divan.  But it is delicious roasted—just in case you want to shake up the ubiquitous roasted roots!  

Tahini sauce for Roasted Frozen Broccoli in Tahini Sauce

Tahini sauce for Roasted Frozen Broccoli in Tahini Sauce

The broccoli can go right into the oven frozen–no need to thaw.  When it comes out tender and caramelized, with a creamy layer of tahini sauce, you may not miss spring at all.  

Closeup of Roasted Frozen Broccoli in Tahini Sauce

Closeup of Roasted Frozen Broccoli in Tahini Sauce

Winter is long!  But being a locavore means never having to give up flavor!

Roasted Frozen Broccoli in Tahini Sauce
Serves 4
Winter won't slow you down with great frozen vegetable options like roasted frozen broccoli in tahini sauce. Freezer to table in 20 minutes!
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
20 min
150 calories
7 g
0 g
13 g
4 g
2 g
107 g
143 g
0 g
0 g
11 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
107g
Servings
4
Amount Per Serving
Calories 150
Calories from Fat 114
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 13g
20%
Saturated Fat 2g
9%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 8g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 143mg
6%
Total Carbohydrates 7g
2%
Dietary Fiber 1g
5%
Sugars 0g
Protein 4g
Vitamin A
47%
Vitamin C
124%
Calcium
10%
Iron
9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Roast Broccoli
  1. 10-12 ounces frozen broccoli florets
  2. 1-2 tablespoons olive oil
  3. salt
  4. pepper
  5. 1 teaspoon sesame seeds (optional) for garnish
Tahini Sauce
  1. 2 tablespoons tahini paste
  2. 2 tablespoons almond milk, yogurt or water
  3. 1 tablespoon olive oil
  4. 1 tablespoon lemon
  5. ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  6. ¼ teaspoon cumin
  7. ¼ teaspoon pepper
  8. 1/8 teaspoon salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to at 400 F. Drizzle frozen broccoli (see note) with olive oil and stir to coat. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast in a single layer until tender and starting to brown, about 15 minutes. (If you use fresh broccoli, cooking time may increase by 5-10 minutes)
  2. To make sauce, whisk ingredients in a small bowl until well-blended.
  3. Remove cooked broccoli to a serving plate, drizzle with dressing, and top with black sesame seeds if desired.
Notes
  1. For the crispest broccoli from frozen, pop right into the oven without thawing first.
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calories
150
fat
13g
protein
4g
carbs
7g
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16 thoughts on “Roasted Frozen Broccoli in Tahini Sauce

    1. Inger Post author

      Thanks Beth. Yes, I am really working on the art of using frozen (or stored) vegetables this winter. A frozen strawberry mission is coming up!

  1. grace

    broccoli is something i always try to have in my freezer, though i usually just steam it and haven’t tried to roast it. i definitely will, and your sauce sounds like the perfect accompaniment!

    1. Inger Post author

      This is the first time I’ve roasted from frozen too Grace. But turned out good enough to serve for company tonight!

  2. gloria

    Inger my daugther love so much broccoli ! I will try this the next time . Usually I boiled because she love like salad but this yours sounds delicious!!

  3. Juliana

    I usually do not use frozen broccoli…somehow I always thought that they would be too mushy…I love the idea of using tahini paste as a base for the sauce…
    Have a great week Inger 🙂

    1. Inger Post author

      Truthfully, I was surprised that this worked too (I did a teeny amount the first time in case I had to toss it). I do think the tahini sauce helped to cover up any slight imperfections. Next I’ll be trying frozen brussels sprouts!

  4. Thao @ In Good Flavor

    I have never froze my own broccoli. I didn’t realize you can roast them directly from frozen. The tahini and roasted broccoli sounds great, Inger! It’s a combination I never would have thought to put together.

    1. Inger Post author

      Our CSAs had a very nice harvest last year, which we couldn’t finish fresh, so I put a fair amount in the freezer. I love tahini and have been wanting to do a sauce with it for ages!

  5. Louise

    Hi Inger:)
    I’m a huge fan of frozen veggies as long as they are left as is. It’s when the sauces and seasonings are added then I get frustrated. Sometimes that’s all I can find in the local grocery stores. (I’m not crazy about those steam bag vegetables either. I usually take them out and start from “scratch.”

    I’ve never thought to make a refreshing Tahini Sauce and I happen to have Tahini in the fridge! Can’t wait to try this Inger, thanks for sharing…

    1. Inger Post author

      I had some dinner guests last week Louise and one of them was even using the Tahini sauce on the salmon. That made me feel good!

  6. David

    Inger – I think the only frozen vegetables I use are peas! However, if I grew my own broccoli, blanched it myself, and then froze it – I, too, would be using frozen broccoli. The tahini sauce sounds incredible!

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