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Garlicky Crumb-Coated Broccoli

Garlicky Crumb-Coated Broccoli

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If you’re looking for a new way to serve broccoli, this Dorie Greenspan recipe for Garlicky Crumb-Coated Broccoli turns steamed broccoli into a company worthy side dish!

Garlicky Crumb-Coated Broccoli on a white platter

Garlicky Crumb-Coated Broccoli

Broccoli makes an appearance on our menu frequently, so this week, my family actually ate our French Friday dish without a grumble. It’s not uncommon for me to toss broccoli florets with minced garlic, lemon zest, salt and butter, so these flavors were all accepted by my picky crew.

How to Make This Broccoli Recipe

The broccoli was cut into spears, steamed and seasoned.  Next a wonderful topping of bread crumbs, garlic, and lemon zest was sauteed in butter.  The  spears were supposed to be rolled in these crumbs, but I just sprinkled them over the spears for the sake of presentation.  Another beautiful, delicious side dish…suitable for company.


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Garlicky Crumb-Coated Broccoli

Garlicky Crumb-Coated Broccoli

A simple, yet elegant way to serve broccoli.

  • Author: Liz Berg
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Vegetables, Side Dish
  • Method: Sauteing
  • Cuisine: French-American


  • 3 large broccoli stalks (1 1/2 pounds), stalks trimmed and then cut into half lengthwise
  • 1/4 cup  butter
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup fresh breadcrumbs (remove crusts)
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest


Steam broccoli until tender, about 7-9 minutes. Transfer to paper towels to drain. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Melt butter in heavy large skillet over medium-low heat. Add garlic and sauté until soft. Add breadcrumbs, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and cook until pale golden, stirring often, about 5 minutes. Stir in lemon zest.

Add broccoli to breadcrumbs and sauté until heated through, turning broccoli to coat, about 3 minutes*. Arrange broccoli on platter. Sprinkle any remaining breadcrumbs over and serve.


Recipe from Dorie Greenspan.

*I did not coat the broccoli in bread crumbs, but instead just used them as a topping.

This recipe can be found on Epicurious as well as in Dorie’s highly acclaimed cookbook, Around My French Table. This Lemon Garlic Broccoli is another one of our favorite side dishes with a similar flavor palate.

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43 comments on “Garlicky Crumb-Coated Broccoli”

  1. Love how you plated your dish! So fancy! Way to think outside the box!

  2. What a great presentation. They look like the most delicious broccoli dumbells! All kidding aside, I loved these breadcrumbs so much, I’m trying to figure out where to use them next. Happy Friday!

  3. What a quick and tasty side dish Lizzy! I like broccoli a lot and this sounds like a yummy and innovative way to serve them! I like the crunch the breadcrumbs would add to it! 🙂

  4. My family would love this recipe! Yum! ♥- K

  5. Wasn’t this a fab dish? I will definitely be trying this technique again with other veggies. I couldn’t get over how much flavour those few simple ingredients gave the broccoli!

  6. Looks good to me… I love mine roasted with crumbs fabulous with the garlic!

  7. Broccoli is on our table a few times a week, happily. Great flavors to enhance it . . . and such a pretty presentation!

  8. I love how simple, yet effective this one was. Cute plating 🙂

  9. Oh this sounds really simple and I always love any kind of garlicky dish. I definitely have to try this 🙂

  10. Hahaha – I know what you mean about a grumbling family. Heaven forbid you make something too fancy…lol.
    I love broccoli too. Very nice with bread crumbs on top – it really makes a filling side dish! 🙂

  11. I loved this dish. So easy, yet delicious! Your presentation is wonderful.

  12. Glad this one was a hit with your family! Great presentation idea, it looks sophisticated.

  13. Looks perfect, Lizzy! 🙂

  14. All that garlic doesn’t scare me! Love garlic and I really like it on broccoli. Wow, you’ve been busy since your baklava post, I just peeked at those other pastries and they’re amazing. I’ve been wanting to come over and congratulate you on your guest post with Chef Dennis. I commented there, but things got busy. So, congratulations!!!

  15. Very nice plating! We loved this over at our place, too.

  16. Broccoli with garlic and lemon is a fav, but I’ve never added the breadcrumbs. Great idea.

    Hope you have a great weekend.


  17. This was an easy one for us to like, too. Great idea to “sprinkle” instead of toss.

  18. Great way to make it!

  19. It was delicious! I can’t wait to make it again… Your presentation is yummy!!

  20. Glad you liked it;-)
    Nice presentation, the broccoli looks nice and green. I thought the recipe was good and something I would make again and again, with a little less butter;-)

  21. Nice presentation! I liked how the buttery breadcrumbs dressed up the broccoli. I don’t really like it steamed and plain.

  22. Now that I’m home from a brake from the hospital, visiting Lora, and going back again…just wanted to comment to you. Love broccoli in any shape or form, and you’ve given me such a great idea, a new one actually, how to prepare it. Yumm…delicious:D
    I do have the Dorie book and every time you girls have a Fridays with Dorie, I just put a bookmark to remind myself.

  23. This broccoli sounds delicious! I love anything with a nice crunchy breadcrumb topping especially veggies!

  24. Your broccoli looks lovely! I didn’t make this weeks selection. After seeing everyone else’s I am looking forward to trying it!

  25. What a beautiful presentation, Lizzy!

  26. Your broccoli looks great, but that cinnamon roll danish below is really making me drool!

  27. garlic and broccoli flavourful looks delicious

  28. WOW…great presentation…your broccoli dish is beautiful…I’ll have to follow your example when I find some really nice broccoli.

  29. Thank you, everyone, for your kind words and support! Another winner this week!!!!

  30. Great photos, Lizzy. I’m glad to have a guide since I haven’t made it yet!

  31. Smart move for presentation – it looks wonderful with the crumb mixture sprinkled across the laid out florets. I’m glad your family enjoyed this dish. We really liked it, too.

  32. Nana and I both loved this dish as well, though we too have households that partake in broccoli on a routine basis. All the better to have a new way to enjoy. I loved your presentation – mine was a big bowl of joy but I really love the idea of laying out the stalks as you did- perfect for company, it really dresses it up.

  33. Love that flavour of garlic……looks yum….

  34. Lovely presentation, Lizzy!

  35. These look delicious! I love broccoli but I usually just steam it and add some salt. I’ll have to try this for something different.

  36. That looks wonderful Lizzy! What a fabulous post! YUM! 🙂


  37. Lizzy, will never look at broccoli again the same way. You’re amazing!

  38. I could easily finish the whole plate! Yummy!

  39. I’ve never been very good at finding creative ways to dress up veggies. This one looks like a keeper! I know my family would love it.

  40. One of my favorite sides is roasted broccoli with garlic and red pepper flakes. This sounds really wonderful too! I will have to give it a try.

  41. Great idea to add the garlicky crumbs, so good for the texture!

  42. Yum, yum, yum! I love garlic too. There are always many heads in our house. This recipe looks fantastic and I love the garlicky crumbs too.

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