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Lemony Baby Broccoli

Keep a close eye on vegetables; cooking them just until they are crisp-tender will enhance the flavor and preserve more of their nutrients.

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  • Servings: 4
Lemony Baby Broccoli

Source: Everyday Food, September 2007


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 bunches baby broccoli (6 to 8 ounces each), tough ends trimmed
  • 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red-pepper flakes, (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice, plus wedges for serving
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper


  1. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium. Add broccoli, garlic, and, if using, red-pepper flakes. Cook until broccoli is bright green, about 2 minutes.

  2. Add 1/4 cup water to skillet; cover, and cook until broccoli is crisp-tender, 6 to 8 minutes. Add lemon juice, and season with salt and pepper. Toss to combine. Serve immediately, garnished with lemon wedges.


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