Italian Sauteed Broccoli Recipe

Thursday, June 17, 2010
Italian Sauteed Broccoli is pretty much a no-brainer when it comes to making this side dish.

It requires some boiling of water to ensure it's cleaned (or microwave it for 4 minutes to soften the stalks in some water) cut it up saute and viola it's ready.

We love a garlicky flavor of sauteed broccoli, it's really delicious with whatever you serving and the broccoli leftover (if any) is perfect over a bed of rice or pasta!

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If you love the taste of garlic and olive oil, this will be a favorite way to prepare and eat broccoli.

sauteed broccoli

Step by Step

  1. Steam, microwave or boil the broccoli florets for around 5 minutes covered in water and then drain and blot dry
  2. Heat olive oil and sliced garlic in a pan on the stovetop saute until fragrant around 3 minutes
  3. Add the drained broccoli to the sauteed garlic and oil and heat for around 3 to 4 minutes until it's coated.

broccoli with oil and garlic

Side Dish Suggestions

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Broccoli Suggestions

  • Top a garden salad
  • Use in an omelet
  • Serve over pasta
  • Serve over rice
  • Top a pizza
  • Use in casserole or pot pies
  • Quiche
  • Use in a filling for stromboli
  • Add to cheese soups

fresh garlic and a head of broccoli

Easy Broccoli Side Dish:

If you were looking for easy sides dishes with an Italian flair, this is my go to recipe and the perfect one to add to your collection.

Not only is it delicious but everyone loves it if you have broccoli fans in your home this will be a nice addition to a plain vegetable a little jazzed up, Italian style of course.

Italian Sauteed Broccoli

Italian Sauteed Broccoli

Author: Claudia Lamascolo
Prep time: 5 MinCook time: 7 MinTotal time: 12 Min
A delicious simple side dish with garlic and oil for broccoli florets, Italian style.


  • 1 fresh head of Broccoli cut up removing stalks and saving the florets
  • 3 fresh cloves of garlic sliced
  • extra virgin olive oil a few tablespoons
  • water for steaming


  1. Place the broccoli florets in a colander and wash them.
  2. Steam, microwave or boil the broccoli for around 5 minutes covered in water with a pinch of salt.
  3. If you prefer softer vegetables cook them longer.
  4. Drain and pat dry the broccoli.
  5. In a large frypan, add 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil.
  6. Add 3 cloves of whole garlic and saute to a light golden color to flavor the oil.
  7. You can either remove it or leave it in.
  8. Add steamed broccoli.
  9. Saute quickly to coat and fry until the broccoli is coated all over with the garlic oil around 3 or 4 minutes.
  10. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and either red pepper flakes or a dash of cayenne pepper heat
  11. This can actually be served as a side dish or a topping for pasta, rice, or even pizza
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  1. Often, the best things are the simple ones, and people forget that. You have reminded us! Yum.

  2. I love broccoli dente or soft, they taste great, esp. with some minced garlic.

  3. Yummy! Love the broccoli in calzones too.

  4. This is a favorite in our house - my Mom makes it many times a week. Sometimes tossing it with pasta and Parmesan. So easy and delicious!

  5. Very yummy with garlic!

  6. Perfect broccoli recipe. Delightful.


  7. So yummy recipe Claudia!! Garlic always :)



  8. Yum... one of my favorite vegetables.

  9. yes, indeed... simple and delish

  10. This is a great dish for summer when served cold, just add a little squeeze of fresh lemmon . . . it's easy and delicious.

    Thanks Claudia,

  11. The simple recipes are often the best ones. I love broccoli and this is the perfect way to serve it.

  12. Simple but a classic...Making me hungry:)

  13. I'm loving the idea of this on a really thin pizza crust, under a blanket of cheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeze! YUM!!

  14. broccoli with garlic taste delicious
    this looks yummy

  15. microwaved broccoli? sorry. sounds awful.

    ... and certainly no water should be added. broccoli is better with the minimum added liquid possible so it remains green and with a slightly crunchy texture.

    how about this:

    1. heat a tbsp of olive oil in the wok on the highest heat.

    2. throw in a few pinches of chilli flakes according to taste, fry until fragrant.

    we do not add garlic to this as we find it a bit overwhelming. you may choose to add some about now if you like it.

    3. add one anchovy whole, stir around and press it, so it melts into the oil, it will disintegrate into little pieces.

    4. add 1 lb chopped broccoli with a pinch of salt and at most, a drizzle of white wine.

    use NO water at all ... it softens the broccoli and wrecks its lovely texture.

    5. you may add three flakes of MSG if you prefer. as we disbelieve the nonsense talked about MSG we don't mind a pinch of it. your mileage may vary.

    6. cover and cook for two minutes, then let stand for two minutes more before serving.

    recipe from dr biao ma of cambridge, UK


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