When it comes to broccoli there are many ways to enjoy this healthy food. But, by searing it in the pan before adding the other ingredients you can add a lot more flavor to this cruciferous vegetable.
This caramelized broccoli with garlic has a lovely taste that gets a boost from some fresh lemon juice as well as some secret ingredients that take it from a boring side to a seconds-worthy family favorite.
To start with cut 2 heads of broccoli into florets and then sear them in a hot pan using olive oil. For the best results make sure the oil is hot before the broccoli goes in and then don’t turn them for a few minutes.
Once you have them browned, add some soy sauce and water to the pan. This will create a lot steam to finish cooking the florets and will also add flavor. Garlic and lemon go in after the water has cooked off.
The final flourish is to add some parmesan cheese and then you’re ready to dig in. This tasty side dish goes well with just about any meal and is a very un-boring way to get your veggies. Since discovering this recipe I haven’t made plain broccoli at all!
Caramelized Broccoli with Garlic
15m prep time
19m cook time
- 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
- 2 heads of broccoli, cut into florets
- 3/4 cup water
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- pinch red pepper flakes
- salt and freshly ground black pepper
- juice of 1 small lemon
- parmesan cheese for garnish
- Add 2 tablespoons olive oil and broccoli to large skillet. Cook over medium-high heat for 4 minutes on each side or until beginning to brown.
- Add water and soy sauce to pan. Cook for 6-8 minutes or until moisture has evaporated. Add remaining ingredients and cook for 3 more minutes. Garnish with parmesan cheese and serve piping hot.
Recipe adapted from Food and Wine.