This vegan recipe for Caramelized Broccoli makes a delicious side dish with a nutty sweetness that comes from cooking the broccoli perfectly. This yummy veggie is easy to cook, and will have even picky eaters loving their broccoli!
Broccoli Week continues with a fabulous recipe for Caramelized Broccoli!
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Caramelized Broccoli is basically an oven version of my Grilled Garlicky Broccoli, because sometimes you just can’t get outside to grill.
Basically, the technique for this recipe is just the opposite of the grilled version. In the grilled broccoli recipe you steam and then brown the broccoli.
For this recipe you brown the broccoli in a pan on the stove, and then steam it.
Even if you have picky eaters at home who say they don’t like broccoli, this recipe for Caramelized Broccoli will get them to change their minds!
Bring out the sweetness of broccoli
Caramelizing broccoli brings out the sweetness of the green veggie.
And, I like this with the pinch of red pepper, but you can leave it off if you don’t like a hint of heat to your food.
Other great veggie side dishes you’ll love
I’m always looking for great sides to go along with dinner. Either to round out the meal, or make it healthier.
Here are some of my favorites! Roasted green beans, Cucumber & Onion Salad, Sweet Potato Layer Bake, and Honey Orange Broccoli.
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Caramelized Broccoli Recipe
- 1 ½ tablespoons olive oil
- 1 head of broccoli leaves peeled and halved lengthwise
- ¼ cup water
- ½ teaspoon garlic
- pinch crushed red pepper
- salt & freshly ground pepper to taste
- In a large, deep skillet, heat 1 tablespoon oil. Once hot, add the broccoli, cut side down, and cover. Cook over medium-high heat until nice and brown on the bottom, about 8 minutes. Add the water, cover and cook until broccoli is tender and the water has evaporated, about 7 minutes.
- Drizzle the remaining oil over the broccoli, and sprinkle with the garlic powder and red pepper flakes. Cook uncovered, about 3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper as desired.
Nutritional information is based on third-party calculations, and should be considered estimates. Actual nutritional content will vary based on brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes, and more.
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You had me at caramelized. I love this variation, must try it.
What incredible timing!!! Making broccoli tonight so I’m trying this one out!
This looks delicious! I’ll have to try for next time!
Really cool preparation. Love the color you got.
I adore this idea. I will be making this tonight if Harold brings home broccoli!
I am one of those picky eater. Looks like I need to try your version.
So much good flavor when you let vegetables release a little of their natural sugars. Love this recipe:)
We are currently on a broccoli kick right now. We’ve baked broccoli at least 3x this week. I like that this is simple to make. What entree would you recommend I make with this?
I’ve tried caramelizing peaches this week and it was wonderful. I’ve never done it broccoli but I bet it would taste great on a salad!
Ah yum!!! This is on my lost of thing to try next. My kids are huge fans of broccoli, so we have it ALL the time, and I am always on the lookout for new ways to try it out – this sounds amazing!
Mica, we often have it with grilled fish and potatoes, but you can serve it with anything! chicken, steak, chop it and throw it in a salad! It’s all good!
I like the idea of adding the red pepper, as it’s a great way to jazz up vegetables. Have not tried it with broccoli yet. 😀
Oh yum! Everything is better caramelised 😉 I love broccoli and use it a lot, must try it like this!