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Grilled Broccoli with Chipotle-Lime Butter and Queso Fresco

If you've never tried grilling broccoli, you are definitely missing out: The vegetable becomes tender and deliciously charred. Tossing the broccoli with a butter flavored with lime zest, honey and smoky chipotle Tabasco makes it luscious.

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  • Servings: 8

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  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened

  • Finely grated zest and juice of 1 lime

  • 1 tablespoon Tabasco Chipotle Sauce

  • 1 teaspoon honey

  • 1 garlic clove, finely grated on a Microplane

  • Salt

  • 4 heads of broccoli—stems trimmed, cut into large florets

  • Olive oil, for drizzling

  • 1 cup crumbled queso fresco (see Note)


  1. In a bowl, stir the softened butter with the lime zest, lime juice, Tabasco, honey and garlic and season lightly with salt.
  2. Light a grill. Drizzle the broccoli florets with olive oil and season with salt. Grill over moderately high heat, turning the florets occasionally, until crisp-tender and lightly charred, about 8 minutes.
  3. Transfer the broccoli to a platter and toss with the lime butter. Garnish with the queso fresco and serve.

Make Ahead

The chipotle-lime butter can be refrigerated overnight. Soften it at room temperature before using.


Queso fresco is a creamy, crumbly white cheese from Mexico that can be found at specialty food shops. Farmers’ cheese is a fine substitute.

Photo © Peden + Munk Published June 2012

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