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Vegetarian Side dish recipes

15-Minute Steamed Broccoli

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This recipe for Broccoli with Garlic, Lemon Zest and Chili flakes is our “go-to” broccoli recipe -simple, yet full of amazing flavor! Vegan, healthy can be made in 15 minutes! Updated 1/2022


Units Scale
  • 4-6 cups Broccoli Florets (or broccolini) 8 ounces
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil (or butter or ghee)
  • 410 garlic cloves, rough chopped
  • generous pinch chili flakes (Aleppo or Urfa Biber are nice here)
  • zest of one lemon
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional: truffle oil


  1. Tear or cut broccoli florets into small florets, roughly the same size to ensure even doneness.
  2. Pour 3/4-inch water in a medium pot and place a steamer basket over top. (Water should not cover the bottom of the basket). Place broccoli in the basket and cover with a lid. Bring water to a boil. Lower heat to medium-low, and simmer covered, until fork-tender, about 5 minutes. Test with a fork.
  3. While the broccoli is steaming, heat oil in a large skillet. Saute garlic over medium heat until fragrant, add chili flakes. When garlic is golden add lemon zest, give a stir and turn the heat off.
  4. Using tongs, add the steamed broccoli to the skillet, season generously with salt and pepper and give a gentle stir.
  5. Taste, adjust salt, pepper, chili flakes. Add a little more olive oil if you like, so broccoli is nicely coated.
  6. Serve and enjoy!


Feel free to add a drizzle of truffle oil, to elevate this!


  • Serving Size: 1 cup
  • Calories: 96
  • Sugar: 1.6 g
  • Sodium: 324.6 mg
  • Fat: 7.4 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 7.3 g
  • Fiber: 2.6 g
  • Protein: 2.7 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg