Lemon Garlic Broccoli is an easy way to shake up your vegetable side dish. A simple saute, with flavorful ingredients, turns an ordinary vegetable into something memorable!
This easy sauteed broccoli recipe is made with ingredients I generally have on hand plus a couple heads of broccoli. Lemon, garlic and salt infuse into warm butter and olive oil and bathe every little cranny of each broccoli floret.
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Lemon Garlic Broccoli
Years ago, I saw Sara Mouton, former editor of Gourmet Magazine, make a pasta with broccoli, lemon and garlic. That got the wheels turning and I created this simple lemon garlic broccoli stir fry with a similar flavor palate.
I started by melting some butter along with a bit of olive oil in a saute pan, then adding lemon zest, garlic and salt and cooking just until fragrant. Next, I add the broccoli florets and tossed them in the flavorful oil mixture. A bit of water and a tight lid allowed the broccoli to steam until tender.
Since not all broccoli crowns product the same amount of florets, I always taste for seasonings and add more salt and a few grinds of black pepper as needed. Just remember that you can’t take away salt, but you can always add more.
Easy Sauteed Broccoli Recipe
I served this to my dad years ago when he came for a solo visit. He was the guy who squeezed fresh lemon juice on his broccoli, so he was thrilled with the taste and even asked how I made this easy side dish.
Simple as it was to prepare, I’m not sure he ever changed his ways, but I made certain to add this lemon garlic broccoli to our menu whenever he was in town. Feel free to tweak it to your palate’s preference. Options include adding some red pepper flakes for a bit of heat, more or less garlic according to your tastes as well as adjusting the amount of salt and lemon zest.
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- Garlic Parmesan Roasted Green Beans
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- Cauliflower Bacon Gratin
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Do you have a favorite way to prepare broccoli? Let me know in the comments. I’m always looking for new ideas!
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- Zest of 1/2 lemon
- 1-2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more to taste
- 2 heads of broccoli, cut into florets
- Freshly ground black pepper, to taste, optional
In a large saute pan, melt butter, then add olive oil. Add minced garlic, lemon zest and salt and heat until garlic is fragrant.
Add broccoli florets and toss well. Add 1-2 tablespoons of water and cover pan with a lid. Cook about 5 more minutes or until broccoli is fork tender.
Check for seasonings and add more salt if needed. Season with pepper if desired.
Seasonings depend on how much you get from your stalks. Make sure to taste before serving and adjust as needed.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 68 Total Fat: 6g Saturated Fat: 2g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 4g Cholesterol: 8mg Sodium: 163mg Carbohydrates: 3g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 1g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 1g