Here’s a fast, really easy, and delicious way to cook up frozen broccoli. And it’s NOT mushy! This can also easily me made SOS-free (sugar, oil, salt-free…it’s your choice!). The key to this recipe is fast cooking with little liquid. Below is a video link demonstrating how to cook the broccoli. The written recipe is below the video.
Easy Lemon-Garlic Broccoli (from Frozen)
Makes 4 Servings
3 cups bite-size pieces of thawed broccoli (from frozen)
2 cloves garlic, minced
Pinch of chili pepper flakes, or more, optional
1/4 cup water, or more as needed
Salt and pepper to taste
Juice of half a lemon
1 Tbsp butter or oil of choice, optional
Thaw the frozen broccoli by placing it in a colander either within a bowl of water, or under running water. After the broccoli is thawed, allow it to drain well. Cut any large pieces into bite-size pieces, so they are all about the same size. You should have about 3 cups of thawed bite-size pieces.
In a large skillet, heat ¼ cup of water on medium-high heat. Add the broccoli pieces, minced garlic, and chili pepper flakes, if using them. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Stir-steam the vegetables until the broccoli is crisp tender, about 2 to 3 minutes. Add more water if needed, only one or two tablespoons at a time, until the broccoli is almost crisp-tender. Add the lemon juice and allow the broccoli to finish cooking, up to 1 minute more. Transfer to a serving dish and drizzle with melted butter or oil of choice, if desired. Serve.
Julia W. Klee (Judi) began her journey enjoying “all things food” in elementary school when she started preparing meals for her family. That love of food blossomed into a quest to learn more and more about health and wellness as related to nutrition. She went on to earn a BS Degree in Food and Nutrition, then an MS Degree in Nutrition. She has taught nutrition and related courses at the college level to pre-nursing and exercise science students. Her hunger to learn didn’t stop upon graduation from college. She continues to research on a regular basis about nutrition as it relates to health. Her hope is to help as many people as possible to enjoy foods that promote health and wellness.