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Sautéed Broccoli

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5 from 11 votes
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 10 mins
Serves 4
This easy sautéed broccoli has a delicious crisp-tender texture and bright, fresh flavor. Serve it as a side dish, toss it with pasta, or add it to a stir fry! You'll find even more serving suggestions in the post above.


  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 cups broccoli florets
  • 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Lemon wedge
  • Red pepper flakes, optional


  • Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the broccoli, garlic, salt, and several grinds of pepper and sauté for 3 to 4 minutes. Add 2 tablespoons water, cover, and cook until the broccoli is tender, 2 to 4 more minutes.
  • Turn off the heat and add a squeeze of lemon juice and a pinch of red pepper flakes, if using. Season to taste with more salt and pepper.