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Lemon Garlic Broccoli - an easy saute that makes an irresistible side dish

Lemon Garlic Broccoli

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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.

Lemon Garlic Broccoli - an easy saute that makes an irresistible side dish


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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.

Lemon Garlic Broccoli - an easy saute that makes an irresistible side dish

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.

Lemon Garlic Broccoli - an easy saute that makes an irresistible side dish

More Easy Vegetable Recipes

Do you have a favorite way to prepare broccoli? Let me know in the comments. I’m always looking for new ideas!

Yield: 4 servings

Lemon Garlic Broccoli

Lemon Garlic Broccoli

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!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

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.

Notes

Seasonings depend on how much you get from your stalks. Make sure to taste before serving and adjust as needed.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

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
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18 comments on “Lemon Garlic Broccoli”

  1. Simplicity at its best, Liz. I love broccoli and just had some for the lunch :-)) Love yours with the combo of garlic and lemon. Very delicious and aromatic.

  2. One of my all-time favorite side dishes year round! Love it!

  3. Broccoli is one of my favorite veggies!  I love the lemon and garlic twist!

  4. Omgoodness! This is awesome! I eat a lot of broccoli so this is wonderful for a different take on it. YUM! Have a wonderful holiday weekend Liz!

  5. We eat broccoli a lot, love it and have to try your version, Liz! Bet it’s delicious! Have a great weekend!

  6. I love how simple this is and yet the lemon brings out such great flavour in the broccoli. Sometimes simple, is so tasty!! Yum!

  7. So easy and so delicious Liz! I do something similar with asparagus. I can see why your dad loved this. Have a great holiday weekend! xo

  8. Cooked broccoli is one of my very favorite veggies. This is perfection!

  9. Garlic and Butter makes everything better… well maybe except for desserts. LOL Did you have to hide these little broccoli pieces under the dessert for Bill? Sharing of course and wishing you a super holiday weekend.

  10. I love simple veggie recipes like this! Broccoli is one of my favorite veggies and pairing it with lemon and garlic sounds just perfect!

  11. What a great simple dish that I know would please me. I’m not so sure about Manservant…but I can always give it a try!

  12. We do love broccoli.
    Thanks for sharing your recipe.
    Love

  13. I love finding new fresh ways of serving broccoli!

  14. Thanks for this, Liz. Broccoli is said to be so healthy and I’m trying to use it more but, if I’m honest, I’ve yet to create anything interesting or truly delicious with it. I have to give this yumminess a try.
    Amalia
    xo

  15. Nice. I love the simplicity of this vegetable dish.

  16. With all the sweet coming through my kitchen I definitely need more veggies like this.

  17. Yes, this is easy and something I don’t do. I can change my ways. I repeat, this is easy.

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