Caramelized Broccoli with Garlic

by Cate on April 20, 2009

Caramelized Broccoli with Garlic
Do you think a broccoli recipe can be considered OMG-worthy?  At first, I’d say no.  I mean, broccoli?  Really?  But after this recipe, I just may have to rethink that answer.  I love roasted broccoli.  I love broccoli cranberry salad.  I love broccoli with maple syrup.  But now I have a new way to love it.  Caramelized with Garlic.  The recipe comes from the September 2008 issue of Food & Wine magazine, and was listed in a 30 Best Fast Recipes Ever article.  I completely agree with the best and fast assessment.  It took just minutes to get it going and didn’t require too much babysitting.

It’s quite possible that I ate the whole batch myself (although I did halve the recipe!), but Madeline did have a bunch herself, and every time she finished her portion, she fussed for more.  That kind of fussing I like!  Nick, on the other hand, has a love/hate relationship with broccoli.  He went through a phase where he only ate the stalk portions.  Then he switched and only ate the tops.  Now he says he doesn’t like it, although I got him to try one piece this time (house rule) and he sheepishly admitted he liked it.

Like broccoli?  MAKE THIS.  I promise you won’t be disappointed.  You can come back and thank me once you clear your plate too.

Caramelized Broccoli with Garlic
Recipe courtesy of David Gingrass, Food & Wine

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 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
Pinch of crushed red pepper
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

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. Add the water, cover and cook until the broccoli is just tender and the water has evaporated, about 7 minutes. 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. Season the broccoli with salt and black pepper, drizzle with the lemon juice and serve.

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Patsy Kreitman April 20, 2009 at 9:02 pm

Really, that good? I’m definitely going to try this one next week! YUMMMM!

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RecipeGirl April 20, 2009 at 9:08 pm

looks omg to me!!!

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Cathy April 20, 2009 at 10:10 pm

Going to the top of the list to try…I could live on roasted broccoli or cauliflower…but that looks even better!

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Sarah Caron April 20, 2009 at 10:51 pm

Oh wow, I am drooling. I absolutely LOVE garlic and broccoli so this sounds like a match made in heaven.

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Claire April 20, 2009 at 11:55 pm

I bet this is delicious! I made broccoli stir fry-ish tonight. You know…I think broccoli is just suited for kids’ tastes…when my brother was little the only veggie he liked was broccoli.

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Donna April 21, 2009 at 6:51 am

I would sooo consider this OMG worthy. It looks fantasticx!

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The Sister In-Law April 21, 2009 at 7:02 am

I love Broccoli with garlic, I must try this one real soon.



debbie April 21, 2009 at 7:39 am

Wow, who’dathunk there’d be a new way to make broccoli? This goes to the top of my to-try list.

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ciaochowlinda April 21, 2009 at 8:20 am

I’m sold. It looks great.

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Natasha - 5 Star Foodie April 21, 2009 at 8:49 am

Caramelized broccoli sounds excellent! I’d love to try it soon!

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dawn April 21, 2009 at 9:34 am

OK, I am one of those with the love-hate w/ broccoli, so I am printing this one out and am excited to try it.

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Joanne April 21, 2009 at 9:46 am

I feel this same way about roasted broccoli – so simple but I could and do eat the whole tray.

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jan April 21, 2009 at 10:56 am

this sounds like a good reason to get happy about broc-on-sale in the grocery ad.


Sara April 21, 2009 at 11:49 am

oooo, yum. I will try this one for sure.

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lisaiscooking April 21, 2009 at 12:55 pm

I have a freakish like of broccoli and with garlic it’s like candy. This sounds fantastic!

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Lesley April 21, 2009 at 8:23 pm

I love broccoli and so does my husband .. I’ll have to try this!

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scoop April 21, 2009 at 11:57 pm

Love broccoli. Have you ever tried slow-cooking them? It creates a very tasty puree, but one would only like it if they are OK with mushy broccoli. :-)

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Elyse April 22, 2009 at 12:44 pm

Wow, this broccoli looks delicious. Broccoli is one of my favorite veggies, and your pictures have me convinced that this recipe is totally obsession-worthy. I can’t wait to try this out!

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Teanna April 22, 2009 at 1:37 pm

Wow you have an absolutely GORGEOUS site! And your photos are to die for!


Nancy (n.o.e.) April 25, 2009 at 2:13 am

I am firmly in the broccoli loving camp (after spending my childhood in the heck no camp) and this recipe looks fabulous. I love finding a new fast and delicious way to make veggies.

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Madeline April 30, 2009 at 6:28 pm

Dude. I could not agree with you more about the wonders of broccoli. You won’t be surprised by the source of my favorite broccoli recipe. I’ll definitely give this one a try.


Suzi May 7, 2009 at 12:52 am

try sprinkling a little bread crumb over it while carmelizing…just a teaspoon(italian style)..I do mine w/ a little grated parm..just a little..maybe 1 tablspn total cheese and breadcrumb for a pan of broccolli…grew up on this..italian family this is a staple.


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