|Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 7g||9%|
|Saturated Fat 1g||5%|
|Total Carbohydrate 14g||5%|
|Dietary Fiber 3g||10%|
|*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.|
If you're in search of a green vegetable side dish, then look no further. This simple but delicious preparation produces perfectly cooked broccoli florets every time. A little olive oil, garlic, and lemon juice are all of the seasoning you need, but feel free to jazz it up with other ingredients if you like.
This two-step sautéed broccoli recipe produces a wonderful bright green color and crisp-tender texture. It's the perfect side dish for many main dishes, including grilled steak, roasted chicken, meatloaf, or a pork roast. Once you know how to make broccoli using this method, you'll never look back!
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- 1 pound fresh broccoli
- 1 teaspoon salt (plus more to taste)
- 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic (minced)
- 2 teaspoons lemon juice
- Pepper (to taste)
Rinse the broccoli well under cool running water.
Cut the broccoli into individual florets. Cut the stems into pieces roughly the same size as the florets. If the stems have a tough skin, peel them using a vegetable peeler.
Place the prepared broccoli in a large pot and add water to cover and about 1 teaspoon of salt.
Bring the broccoli and water in the pot to a boil over high heat. Then reduce the heat to low and simmer the broccoli for 3 to 4 minutes or until the broccoli is just crisp-tender.
Drain the broccoli thoroughly in a colander in the sink, shaking it to remove most of the water.
Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat and cook the garlic for 1 minute until it is fragrant.
Add the drained broccoli to the skillet with the garlic and oil and cook for 3 to 5 minutes, stirring frequently, until the broccoli is glazed and tender.
Sprinkle the broccoli with the lemon juice and season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately.
- For a little spice, add red pepper flakes or a pinch of cayenne pepper
- Add a touch of salty umami with a drizzle of soy sauce
- A few gratings of Parmesan cheese or a sprinkle of nutritional yeast add a cheesy flavor
- When broccoli is boiled, especially for a long period of time, it will turn an unappetizing gray-green color, become limp, and the flavor will be lost. You want to cook it until the vegetable is just tender, but is still green and still has a bit of bite to it.
- Cooking the broccoli in a large amount of water reduces the bitter sulfur taste it can sometimes have and makes it taste fresh and clean. Then cooking it quickly using a dry-heat method such as sautéing or roasting retains the color and makes the vegetable a bit sweeter.
Is sauteed broccoli healthy?
Broccoli is a healthy and delicious vegetable, high in fiber and vitamin C. Briefly boiling it and then quickly sauteeing with a small amount of oil adds minimal calories and fat. Overall, sauteeing in a healthier alternative than stir-frying and frying.