Garlic Broccoli Spears

"A favorite side dish veggie I often make for my family. Don't walk away from the pan - broccoli cooks very quickly and you need to check it soon to prevent it overcooking. Sometimes it will take a little longer to cook, other times it will take a little less. I have a glass lid on my saucepan, so I can see when it is ready - it gets very bright green when it is ready, then very quickly starts to turn olive green if it cooks a little too long. I like mine tender, but still a little crispy - the longer you cook it, the softer it gets, but you also lose that lovely color. It is up to you."
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  • Set florets into a saucepan with a very small amount of water, cover with lid, and let steam until tender,about 5-10 minutes or so- it should still be bright green, but fork tender (if you like it softer, cook it longer, but it will turn olive green).
  • Meanwhile, combine remaining ingredients in a small bowl.
  • Drain broccoli and place in serving dish.
  • Pour lemon mixture over broccoli and toss to coat.
  • Serve immediately.
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  1. Mrs. Atkins
    Awesome! I really love broccoli and am usually extremely content to steam my broccoli with a little lemon juice and garlic salt. But this, was extra special, relatively healthy, and made a nice side dish for a special occasion holiday dinner with the hubby. (I made it with the Honey Mustard Basil Salmon and was able to use the extra leftover lemon juice I squeezed this morning.<br/><br/>I always appreciate a recipe I can make from what I already have stocked in my pantry. I used a 1 lb. bag of frozen broccoli and the 5-10 minute steaming time was perfect to get the right shade of green.<br/><br/>It's a wonderful thing when the side dish outshines the entree, and I have to say this did. A wow with every bite.
  2. dbbsangel
    Added more garlic and it was great!
  3. My kids mom
    This was a good recipe. one of my girls loved it and the other did not. I think next time I may use less lemon and more garlic. I may also saute the sauce in the last minute of the broccoli cooking.<br/>Will use again. Thx!
  4. LifeIsGood
    We eat broccoli almost every night with dinner, so I'm always interested in different ways to serve it up. This is a great recipe. I loved the garlic flavor and the olive oil/lemon juice was a great combination. Thank you!
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