Lemon & Parmesan Broccoli

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 3-4 1x
  • Category: Side Dish


Lemon & Parmesan Broccoli is a quick and healthy side dish with a light lemony-garlic flavor.



  • 12 ounces broccoli florets (5 cups raw)
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced (2 for less garlic flavor)
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon rind (lemon zest)
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 4 tablespoons fresh shaved Parmesan
  • Salt to taste


  1. Wash broccoli, cut into florets and place in a steamer. Steam, covered, for about 4-5 minutes or until crisp but tender (don’t let broccoli overcook or you lose a lot of the nutrients. It should be a bright green color).
  2. Heat a skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil and garlic, cook for 2 minutes until garlic is fragrant.
  3. Remove broccoli from steamer and place in a large serving bowl. Add oil mixture, rind and juice to broccoli and toss to coat.
  4. Sprinkle broccoli with salt to taste and Parmesan. Serve warm or keep leftovers in a sealed container in the refrigerator.


For the lemon zest use the yellow side (rind or peel) of the lemon and use a zester or grater to grate the rind. I do not melt the Parmesan on the broccoli but you could let it sit on the hot broccoli for 5 minutes and this should melt it. If you really want it to melt you could quickly heat it in the oven for 5 minutes at 350 degrees.