Quick and easy sautéed broccoli is the perfect weeknight side dish. Broccoli so flavorful and tender, even the kiddos will ask for more!
I am always looking for new ways to cook broccoli for my family. It is one of our favorites. I love adding it to stir fry, casseroles and even soup. But sometimes, it’s nice to just have a quick and easy veggie side dish that everyone will love.
This recipe for Sautéed Broccoli is it!
To make perfectly, tender sautéed broccoli, I recommend a two part process: blanch and then sauté the broccoli.
Before you blanch the broccoli, you’ll want to cut it into florets. You’ll want to make sure that all of the broccoli is similar in size so that it all cooks in the same time.
To blanch the broccoli simply boil it first for a couple of minutes, until it gets bright green. Next, remove the broccoli from the boiling water and immediately put it into a bowl of ice water. This will stop the cooking process so that when you sauté the broccoli, it does not become over cooked.
The next step is to sauté the broccoli. For this sautéed broccoli recipe, I use avocado oil. You could also use canola oil, olive oil or even butter. If you decide to use butter, add a touch of oil to it so that it doesn’t burn when cooking.
Next, add the garlic at the last minute. Garlic burns easy, adding it at the last minute will ensure that you’ll get loads of garlic flavor and not the bitter burnt flavor.
Finally, season it to taste with salt and pepper. That’s it and that’s all folks. This is seriously the easiest, most flavorful broccoli you’ll ever have!
Because you blanch the broccoli first, you will only need 3 maybe 4 minutes to sauté it.
Bring 5 quarts of water to a boil. Add broccoli florets and cook for 2 - 3 minutes or slightly tender and bright green.
Use a slotted spoon to remove from boiling water and plunge into an ice bath.
Drain and gently pat dry.
Heat oil together in a skillet over medium heat. Add broccoli and cook 3 minutes or until it becomes more tender. Add in garlic and cook an additional 2 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve immediately.
Nutrition facts not guaranteed.
Calories: 65 , Total Fat: 1.4 , Saturated Fat: 0.2g , Cholesterol: 0mg , Sodium: 194mg , Carbohydrates: 11.5g , Fiber: 4g , Sugar: 2.4g , Protein: 4.3g