Lemon and Garlic Broccoli

Lemon and Garlic Broccoli
Diana Rattray
Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 7 mins
Total: 17 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
168 Calories
9g Fat
20g Carbs
5g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 168
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g 12%
Saturated Fat 5g 27%
Cholesterol 23mg 8%
Sodium 121mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 20g 7%
Dietary Fiber 4g 15%
Protein 5g
Calcium 117mg 9%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This lemon garlic broccoli takes less than 10 minutes to prepare, and it's a nutritious and delicious side dish. The buttery lemon and garlic sauce adds just the right amount of flavor to the lightly steamed broccoli. 

Spice the broccoli up with some crushed red pepper flakes or finely chopped red onion or shallots. See the variations below the recipe for more ideas.

This broccoli side dish is a snap to prepare and it makes a tasty and healthy addition to just about any menu.


  • 1 large bunch broccoli (trimmed, or about 1 pound of frozen broccoli florets)
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cloves garlic (finely minced)
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Optional: pepper (to taste)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Steam the broccoli florets until tender but firm, about 3 to 5 minutes, as desired.

  3. Heat the butter in a heavy nonstick skillet over medium heat until the foaming subsides.

  4. Add the garlic to the melted butter and sauté for 1 minute.

  5. Add the steamed broccoli, lemon juice, and salt and pepper to taste. Cook, stirring, for about 1 minute, or until just combined.

  6. Serve and enjoy!

Recipe Variations

  • Saute 1/4 cup of finely chopped red onion or shallot in the butter until just tender. Add the garlic and continue with the recipe.
  • Replace half of the fresh broccoli florets with cauliflower florets and steam along with the broccoli.
  • Add 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of crushed red pepper flakes to the butter along with the garlic.