Steamed Broccoli with Garlic Oil

Prep Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
15 mins

The garlic and lemon zest jazz up your healthy broccoli side dish.


  • 1 head broccoli (about 1 ½ pounds), broken into florets, stalks reserved for another use

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 garlic clove, minced

  • 3 strips lemon zest, removed with a vegetable peeler and thinly sliced

  • Coarse salt and ground pepper


  1. Place a steamer basket in a saucepan filled with 1 inch water. Bring to a gentle boil. Add broccoli. Cover, and cook until crisp-tender, 4 to 6 minutes. Transfer to a serving bowl.

  2. In a small saucepan, heat oil over medium-high. Add garlic and lemon zest; season with salt and pepper. Cook until garlic is golden, 1 to 3 minutes. Immediately remove from heat, and drizzle over broccoli.

Cook's Notes

When steaming a lot of veggies, do them in batches, making sure the water level doesn't get too low. Watch out for the hot steam when you remove the basket.

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