Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 5 mins

A great basic recipe for a fast side dish - who doesn't like to dress up their veggies? I use regular olive oil as I haven't found the "O Olive Oil" called for in the recipe yet - but posted it as written. Also like to sprinkle with a little (light) bit of freshly shredded/grated Parmesan cheese for a nice twist. Another nice, quick and easy recipe from Sandra Lee on the Food Network - work night meals woohoo!! Check out the other recipes from this episode that compliment this well:Lemon-Herb Butter-Basted Chicken, Lemon Chicken Soup, Lemon Pudding Brulee with Blueberries, and a nice Lemon Cream Martini. YUMMY!! ;)

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 12 ounces broccoli florets
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon lemon olive oil (Suggested brand- O Olive Oil)
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • salt & freshly ground black pepper
  • three-cheese blend, for garnish (to taste)


  1. Add broccoli florets, lemon zest, minced garlic, lemon olive oil, and 1 tablespoon water to a microwave-safe bowl.
  2. Stir to coat completely.
  3. Cover bowl with plastic and microwave on high for 4 to 5 minutes.
  4. Check for tenderness; cook 1 more minute if needed.
  5. Sprinkle lemon juice over broccoli and toss to coat.
  6. Season to taste with salt and black pepper (add a light sprinkle of parmesan cheese (three cheese blend is my preference) if desired).
  7. Serve immediately.
  8. Enjoy! ;).


Most Helpful

Very good!! I quick cooked it in a pan instead of the microwave. I have some lemon olive oil I got from an olive store. Yum!

Charmie777 January 31, 2012

Delicious and soooo easy. I fixed this as written and used a Meyer lemon from our tree here in CA. Served with Mommy Diva's recipe#230220#230220 and it made a wonderful meal. Made for Cook-A-Thon for Mommy Diva.

mama smurf January 30, 2012

I really liked this. Enjoyed that it was quick and different twist on "same ol broccoli". Thanks so much!!

kellychris January 24, 2012

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