Lemon-Butter Broccoli Spears

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

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  1. 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.
  2. What a great side. Easy enough for any week night and good enough for company or holidays. I used fresh squeezed Meyer lemon juice
  3. This is a great way to dress up broccoli. And very easy to do. Thanks Mimi :) Made for Cookbook tag game
  4. Loved this! It tastes so fresh and good. The lemon flavor is wonderful. Will make often. [Made for The I Recommend Tag]
  5. Good broccoli. Simple, easy, and loved the splash of fresh lemon juice. Thanks for sharing. Made for Cookbook Tag.


  1. I loved this broccoli! Bought the steamer bag of broccoli flowerets and it was a 12 ounce bag. Instead of the 5 teaspoons of unsalted butter I used 3 and kept the lemon juice and zest the same. Great lemon flavor that stood out nicely and the broccoli held up well. I did add some minced garlic, my favorite. So quick and easy to make, a definite keeper! Made and reviewed for KK's Going Green For March Tag Game.


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