Caramelized Broccoli

It’s no secret that my family doesn’t like to eat their vegetables; I know that I have shared that on this blog more than once. So I guess that is why you haven’t seen a lot of veggie recipes around here, well I am hoping to change that. I am on a quest to eat healthier and have more vegetables on the table for meals.

So when I see vegetable recipes that catch my eye I have been cooking them and some they like and some they are not too fond of. When I found this recipe for caramelized broccoli I knew that this was one that would be going on the dinner table. Caramelized anything always taste wonderful.

I made this broccoli last week; it was so simple to make and smelled so good as it cooked. After my guys had tried it I couldn’t wait to see what their response would be. They both said this “it taste better than plain broccoli”. Well I guess that meant that they kind of liked it, right? As for me the person that actually likes and eats vegetables, I loved the flavor of this broccoli, the caramelizing brings out the flavor of the broccoli and I agree with my guys it is so much better than plain broccoli. And I know that I will be bringing this one back to the dinner table again.

Caramelized Broccoli with Garlic (Source:
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 heads of broccoli about 1 1/4 pounds stems peeled and heads halved lengthwise (I used 4 small heads)
1/2 cup water
3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
Pinch of crushed red pepper
Salt and pepper to taste
2 tablespoons lemon juice
In a large deep skillet heat 2 tablespoon olive oil add the broccoli, cut side down, cover and cook over moderate heat until richly browned on the bottom about 8 minutes. Add the water cover and cook until broccoli is just tender and the water has evaporated about 7 minutes. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil along with the garlic and the crushed red pepper and cook uncovered until the garlic is golden brown about 3 minutes. Season the broccoli with salt and pepper, drizzle with the lemon juice and serve.


  1. says

    That’s too bad about your family not liking vegetables, but this recipe should change their mind.:) We love veggies and I often cook broccoli and asparagus similarly to the recipe here. Thanks for sharing:)

  2. says

    I love broccoli! So I’ll have a second helping of this, please. Love the flavors here, and I agree that caramelizing broccoli really changes the flavor. I like your stove top method of doing it, too (I often roast it to get the same effect). Good stuff – thanks.

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