Last updated on October 18th, 2021 at 11:08 am
Crispy and delicious sauteed broccoli cooked in just under 10 minutes—the perfect side dish to complete your dinner.
One of the easiest vegetables to cook besides Italian Green Beans is Broccoli. This healthy vegetable is full of nutrients. It can also be eaten cooked and eaten raw—one of the most versatile vegetables.
If you are looking for a quick and healthy dish for dinner, Sauteed Broccoli is your answer. It may sound boring, but it’s not.
How to buy broccoli
Fresh broccoli can be found year-round at your local supermarket. Buying fresh vegetables is one of the best ways to make sure that we are getting the nutrients we need. If you cannot buy fresh broccoli, at least buy an unfrozen packaged bag of broccoli. It contains more flavor than the frozen broccoli packaged.
When buying broccoli, heads with green tight florets are the best. The stalks should be firm and tight. The stalks should also look fresh, have a vibrant green color, and with moist cut ends. Fresh Broccoli should last about 8-10 days.
The florets packaged bags are usually sold in grocery stores. Most of the family-size bags are convenient and will last a few days if stored properly in your refrigerator. Don’t forget to follow the manufacturer’s instructions about storing and cooking.
If you must purchase frozen broccoli, use it immediately. Refreezing is not a good option because the excess water will cause the florets to be covered with ice.
How to make sauteed broccoli
Cooking broccoli is easy. Trust me! Easy as 1,2,3 as the saying goes? Yes! Just salt and pepper will do. But if you want more flavor, add garlic, onion, scallion, and different types of seasonings. You can also add other ingredients to your broccoli to make the dish more appealing. Check out these recipes:
- Seafood Medley with Broccoli and Green Beans
- Easy Broccoli with Spicy Anchovies Sauce
- Easy and Healthy Broccoli and Grape Salad
- A quick and easy Broccoli Salad
Overcooking broccoli can easily happen. Always cook the broccoli the way you like it. Sauteed Broccoli means that you cook it to the point where it is tender, crisp, and bright green. Sauteeing takes less time. So please pay attention to the pan and make sure you do not cook it on high heat.
To saute broccoli:
- Chop the broccoli into florets. If you prefer to remove the stem, you can do so. If not, leave enough stem, so it looks like a small flower with a stem.
- Rinse the florets if necessary. Remove any excess water by giving the florets a good shake.
- Season the florets with salt and pepper by sprinkling the seasoning over the florist.
- Heat a skillet over medium heat. Add the oil and broccoli, season the florets with salt and pepper by sprinkling the seasoning over the florets and cook for about 5 minutes.
- Remove the broccoli florets and serve immediately.
Tips for sauteing, steaming or cooking broccoli
- Cover the skillet to lock in the moisture.
- Sprinkle a little bit of water to help the broccoli cook.
- Don’t let the broccoli turn brown.
- Add slices of fresh garlic for a fresh flavor.
- Sprinkle cheese or pour melted cheese on top
- Add nuts for a nutty flavoring.
- Add other seasonings like fresh herbs or dried herbs.
- If you want to change the taste, add cooked meat or poultry for a complete meal.
- Sprinkle a little bit of lemon juice of vinegar (white vinegar, rice wine, balsamic vinegar, or a fruity vinegar) to change the taste – just a bit tangy slightly.
- Looking for spices and seasonings to add more flavor, check out our Noubess online store:
- 1 1/2 pounds 2 large heads broccoli
- 2 tbsp butter or oil
- 1/8 tsp black pepper
- 1/8 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp kosher salt plus more to taste
- 1 tsp lemon zest
- Chop the broccoli into medium-sized florets (leave a good amount of the stem so the florets could look like flowers wiht stems).
- In a large skillet over medium heat, heat the olive oil. (If using butter add everything into the skillet and cook for 3 – 5 minutes stirring frequently.
- Add the broccoli florets, sprinkle the black pepper, garlic powder, and kosher salt, and sauté 2 or 3 minutes, stirring occasionally (the broccoli will lightly brown in parts).
- Cover and cook for 2 to 3 minutes more, until crisp-tender but still bright green. Remove the broccoli to a plate or a bowl and serve immediately. Sprinkle with the lemon zest, if using.
Please keep in mind that nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on the products used.
Nutrition info is automatically generated and provided as a courtesy and as an estimate only.