Roasted Broccoli with Garlic & Basil Tahini Sauce

Overhead shot of roasted broccoli next to bowl of basil tahini sauce.

This Roasted Broccoli with Garlic & Basil Tahini Sauce will seriously knock your socks off. Who knew that veggies could taste so good! Warning: You will want this sauce on everything…

I’ve been so excited to share this recipe with you guys! Ever since I made this Roasted Broccoli with Garlic and topped it with the most amazing Basil Tahini Sauce I have not been able to get it off my mind…

The could be the prettiest broccoli you’ve ever seen.

It also could be the most tasty version of broccoli you’ve ever eaten.

This recipe is a bit of a mash up of a couple other recipes that I love. First, I started with my favorite recipe for roasted broccoli. Roasting it at a high temperature (425-degrees) and letting it get good and browned, makes it so crispy and delicious and flavorful. Then, tossing it with a little lemon zest when it’s hot out of the oven, adds just an extra layer of flavor.

Then, I put a twist on my green tahini sauce, and instead of adding cilantro, parsley and jalapeno, I added in lots of fresh basil.

Oh my gosh…

I now want this sauce on everything…

It’s creamy. It’s tangy. It’s got so much basil flavor. It’s almost like a sophisticated ranch dressing...

Not only is this sauce amazing drizzled over the roasted broccoli, but I’ve also been drizzling it over my roasted chicken, and dipping these zucchini fries into it. It would also make an amazing salad dressing. As an added bonus, it’s incredibly easy to make. All you need is a blender and like 5 minutes.

How do you make basil tahini sauce?

  • Basically, just add some tahini, basil, garlic, lemon juice, water and olive oil to a blender. Process on high until it’s smooth and creamy, adding a bit more water if it’s too thick. That’s it!

How do you make the BEST roasted broccoli?

  • I like my broccoli on the well done side. I’ve found that roasting it at 425-degrees for 20-25 minutes gets it to that perfect golden color and makes it nice and tender, but perfectly crispy.

Sheet pan of roasted broccoli with garlic.

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Roasted Broccoli with Garlic Recipe

Overhead shot of roasted broccoli next to bowl of basil tahini sauce.

Roasted Broccoli with Garlic & Basil Tahini Sauce

This Roasted Broccoli with Garlic & Basil Tahini Sauce will seriously knock your socks off. Who knew that veggies could taste so good! Warning: You will want this sauce on everything... 
4.67 from 3 votes
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 people

Ingredients

Broccoli

  • 1 1/2 pounds broccoli
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 lemon (zested)
  • Salt and pepper
  • Sesame seeds (for garnish (optional))

Basil Tahini Sauce

  • 1/2 cup tahini
  • 1/4 cup basil (loosely packed)
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper (to taste)

Instructions

Broccoli

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  • Cut the broccoli florets from the thick stalks, leaving an inch or two of stalk attached to the florets, discarding the rest of the stalks. Place the broccoli florets on a sheet pan and toss with garlic and olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Roast for 20 to 25 minutes, until crisp-tender and the tips of some of the florets are browned.
  • Remove the broccoli from the oven and toss with the lemon zest. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

Basil Tahini Sauce

  • In a high powered blender, combine all ingredients.
  • Blend on high until you have a smooth, creamy sauce.
  • Add up to ¼ cup more water (blending again to incorporate) until you get the thickness you like. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. 

Helpful Tips

Basil Tahini Sauce can be made up to 24 hours ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator. 
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Nutrition

Calories: 345kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 69mg | Potassium: 737mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1160IU | Vitamin C: 174.7mg | Calcium: 139mg | Iron: 2.8mg

10 comments

  1. Marlynn | Urban Bliss Life

    5 stars
    That tahini sauce sounds amazing! Love the basil kick to it. This would be an awesome side dish for Thanksgiving.

    Reply

    1. Erin

      I agree Marlynn! It’s an unexpected addition to the Thanksgiving table for sure!

      Reply

  2. Catherine @ To & Fro Fam

    Broccoli isn’t my favorite veggie, but this recipe (and your photos!) make me hungry!

    Reply

    1. Erin

      Thanks Catherine! At least try the sauce on one of your favorite veggies!

      Reply

  3. Mary

    5 stars
    I can imagine that’s pretty insane! That’s exactly how I love my broccoli too and I bet that sauce is awesome drizzled on top. Also a great way to get my kids to eat their broccoli. We did a tarragon sauce this summer at a few of our events and I feel pretty much the same way about it (I put it over everything!).

    Reply

  4. Jenni LeBaron

    5 stars
    Yum! I love a good tahini dressing on salad, so I’m positive it would work beautifully on broccoli. Great recipe!

    Reply

  5. Renee | The Good Hearted Woman

    5 stars
    Roasting brings out the best flavors in broccoli, and that tahini sauce sounds amazing! I can’t wait to try this, Erin!

    Reply

  6. Danielle

    I love roasted broccoli!! I eat it like candy 😍 and this sauce sounds delicious! I was thinking it would make a great salad dressing – can’t wait to try it!

    Reply

  7. Susan

    5 stars
    Loved this recipe! The tahini sauce was an unexpected and wonderful compliment to the roasted broccoli.

    Reply

    1. Erin

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it Susan!

      Reply

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