Sautéed Broccoli

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One of the tastiest side recipes you’ll ever make! With crisp-tender broccoli florets, fresh garlic, olive oil, red pepper flakes, lemon, and parmesan cheese.

Top down view of a cast iron pan filled with sauteed broccoli.

Sautéed Broccoli with Garlic

4.6 from 14 votes
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Author: Kim
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 Servings


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 6 cups broccoli florets
  • 1 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest, optional
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice, optional
  • Finely grated parmesan cheese, optional


  • Heat a large skillet over low-medium heat. Add the olive oil and broccoli. Arrange the broccoli in a single layer.
    2 tablespoons olive oil
    6 cups broccoli florets
  • Sprinkle with salt, and allow the broccoli to cook without turning for 5 to 7 minutes. Once the broccoli turns golden brown on the bottom, add water, and flip to cook the other side.
    1 teaspoon salt
    2 tablespoons water
  • Cook for an additional 2 to 3 minutes then add the garlic, lemon zest, red pepper flakes, and lemon juice. Continue cooking for another 30 seconds to 1 minute then remove from heat.
    3 garlic cloves
    1 tablespoon lemon zest
    ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
    1 to 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Sprinkle with parmesan cheese and enjoy immediately.

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The calories listed are an approximation based on the ingredients in the recipe and a serving size of 1 cup of the sauteed broccoli. Actual calories will vary.
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Serving: 1cupCalories: 114kcalCarbohydrates: 10gProtein: 4gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gSodium: 629mgPotassium: 449mgFiber: 4gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 889IUVitamin C: 126mgCalcium: 72mgIron: 1mg

Nutrition Disclaimer

Kim and John Vargo of More Than Meat and Potatoes and its affiliates are not dieticians or nutritionists. Any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If preferred, use your favorite online nutrition calculator to double check the amounts. Calories and other nutritional values can vary based on brand and serving size.

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Sauteed broccoli sprinkled with cheese.

Say hello to one of the best side recipes (one of my favorites!) made with fresh broccoli, shredded parmesan cheese, a pinch of spicy red pepper flakes, lemon juice, and garlic. Sauté it on the stove top until the broccoli gets a nice crispy, caramelization. It’s so good!

If lemon juice doesn’t sound like a good flavor mix to you, leave it out. This dish will be just as tasty and delicious without it.

Lemon wedges in a pan of broccoli.

Another option is to add a tablespoon or two of soy sauce and a little fresh or ground ginger in place of the lemon juice and cheese. It adds a whole new flavor to this dish.

Storage and Reheating

Refrigerator: Store leftovers in the fridge for 1-2 days.

Reheating: Reheat by warming on the stove over low heat or place in the oven at 350ºF until heated through.

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  1. Thank you so much for writing your recipe to include the ingredients and measurements with each step! I hate having to scroll up and down when I’m following a recipe.