Lemon-Butter Broccoli Spears

Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 15 mins

This is fantastic and easy. It is an elegant veggie, but if you are doing WW, this is 1-point for 1-cup according to the Weight Watchers Cookbook. Yum! You may also toss the broccoli with a tad of Parmesan cheese or a little minced garlic. If you want a quick alternative, use frozen broccoli spears (see note below).

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Cut the broccoli into spears discarding the thick end.
  2. Steam or cook the broccoli till tender; remove.
  3. Melt the butter in a large non-stick fry pan over med-high heat.
  4. When butter foams, add the lemon juice and cook for 30 seconds.
  5. Add the broccoli, lemon zest, salt, and pepper; cook tossing for 1-2 minutes till broccoli is well-coated.
  6. NOTE: For a quick method, use 2 (10-ounce) boxes for frozen broccoli cooked according to directions on box; then follow the above recipe.
Most Helpful

So easy to make and has such a light/fresh flavor. I steamed my broccoli for 7 minutes and then cooked as written. Usually I am not a big fan of the lemon and broccoli (and no other flavors mixed in) but this was great; the lemon did not overpower. Made for Best of 2012 Cookbook Tag.

AZPARZYCH March 05, 2013

What a great side. Easy enough for any week night and good enough for company or holidays. I used fresh squeezed Meyer lemon juice

Annacia February 09, 2013

This is a great way to dress up broccoli. And very easy to do. Thanks Mimi :) Made for Cookbook tag game

Boomette November 12, 2012