Caramelized Broccoli with Garlic


Here, chef David Gingrass slowly caramelizes broccoli to bring out its sweetness, then enlivens it with a squeeze of lemon and a pinch of crushed red pepper. The resulting broccoli is tender, flavorful, and makes an easy side dish.

Active Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
35 mins
4 servings


  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 2 heads of broccoli (1 1/4 pounds total), stems peeled and heads halved lengthwise

  • 1/2 cup water

  • 3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced

  • Pinch of crushed red pepper

  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper


  1. In a large, deep skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of the olive oil. Add the broccoli, cut side down, cover, and cook over moderate heat until richly browned on the bottom, about 8 minutes.

  2. Add the water, cover, and cook until the broccoli is just tender and the water has evaporated, about 7 minutes.

  3. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil along with the garlic and the crushed red pepper and cook uncovered until the garlic is golden brown, about 3 minutes. Drizzle with the lemon juice, season the broccoli with salt and black pepper, and serve.

    Caramelized Broccoli with Garlic
    Photo by Jennifer Causey / Food Styling by Emily Nabors Hall / Prop Styling by Claire Spollen
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