You Need To Add This Sautéed Broccoli To Your Tricks

I love broccoli. Always have. I never understood the jokes about it tasting so bad:

What's the difference between broccoli and boogers?

Kids don't eat broccoli. 

The key to delicious broccoli is cooking it perfectly. But adding salt, pepper, garlic and olive oil helps a lot too. 

The Perfect Side Dish 

I make sautéed broccoli at least twice a week. I don't think my partner is annoyed yet. It's just so simple, healthy and unbelievably tasty. And it goes with almost anything.

I've refined my version over the years, to make it as quick as possible. Including the clean up. I'm down to one pan.

I now use garlic powder instead of fresh garlic too. Which sadly means I no longer have these crispy golden pieces of garlic in there, but I do shave 3+ minutes off the prep.


I often add onion powder (1/2 teaspoon) and chilli flakes (good shake) to the recipe below. I'm sure there are plenty of other herbs and spices that would work too.

Plus, you can add in cauliflower or straight substitute the broccoli. My cauliflower version is the same as below, I just add turmeric powder in as well. Again, so quick and healthy.

If you have another veggie recipe that is this quick and tasty, please let me know.

One Pan Sautéed Broccoli

  • Takes 8 minutes
  • Makes 2 servings


  • Broccoli - 2 to 3 heads
  • Olive oil - 2 to 3 tablespoons
  • Salt - 1/2 teaspoon or heavy pinch
  • Pepper - same as salt
  • Garlic powder - 1/2 a teaspoon or same as salt and pepper (you can get away with a fair bit)


There's several ways to do this, here's the easiest. My one pan version.

  1. Rinse your broccoli and cut into small, fork size pieces
  2. Place a large pan or frying pan, with a lid, onto the stove and add 1 cup of water
  3. Turn the pan on high, add the broccoli and put the lid on
  4. After roughly four or five minutes, your broccoli should start to turn a vibrant dark green, pick a piece out to taste
  5. It shouldn't be too soft or too crunchy
  6. Pour out any excess water but keep the broccoli in the pan, adding your salt, pepper, olive oil and garlic powder
  7. Be generous with your flavourings and toss the broccoli around the pan
  8. Should be nearly three minutes of sautéing
  9. The broccoli is ready as soon as some of the pieces char up underneath
  10. Serve with almost any meal you can think of or have as your healthy afternoon snack

image credit: NYT Cooking - The New York Times

About James

I co-founded Green Press in 2013. I grew up in Alice Springs, the Australian outback, with absolutely no understanding of what healthy food is. Mum...

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