Monday, April 22, 2013

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. This looks so good, wish I would have been home for it!

  2. It looks delicious! I love broccoli.

  3. I love broccoli and am always looking for new recipes to use for it. I've never heard of Caramelized Broccoli before. Can't wait to see what the family thinks.

  4. What a great idea! I am like you and enjoy eating my veggies, my husband won't eat any cooked vegetables!

  5. I have been eating lots of stir-fried broccoli recently, but I love these caramelized ones. Yum!

  6. I totally agree, everything caramelized is super delicious. Plus broccoli is healthy, so it's a good mix :)

  7. And it doesn't stink up the house the way regular broccoli does?

  8. 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:)

  9. Great way to prepare broccoli...I must give this a try..
    Thanks for sharing the recipe Dawn and have a wonderful week :)

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  11. 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.

  12. I tried this tonight and it was magnificent!