Project Description

Broccoli Sauteed In Garlic And Olive Oil

You’ve probably heard of many different ways to cook broccoli: covered in melted cheese, blended into creamy soup, battered and fried…the list goes on. As much as I love melty cheese and all things fattening, one of my favorite ways to eat broccoli is exactly how my mom has done it for over 50 years. This is so simple and probably the healthiest way to eat this vegetable short of serving it raw. I’ll take my healthy preferences where I can get them. And one of these days, I’ll share my mom’s recipe for pasta and broccoli. Remind me! That’s probably the best way I can think of to eat these veggies!


  • 2 bunches of broccoli, washed and stems removed, roughly chopped
  • 3-4 cloves of garlic, peeled and cut in half or squashed
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Olive oil (to generously coat the bottom of a large skillet)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Red pepper flake (optional)


  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil
  2. Once the water begins boiling add the broccoli and stir occasionally
  3. After the broccoli have been boiling for 2-3 minutes, drain them into a colander over the sink to remove as much water as possible
  4. While the broccoli are draining in a colander, in a large skillet add olive oil to generously coat the bottom and heat on medium
  5. Add garlic and sauté for about 5-7 minutes on low until garlic turns golden, turning as necessary to prevent burning
  6. Pay close attention to the garlic and adjust the heat as necessary being careful not to allow the garlic to burn
  7. Add bay leaf and crushed red pepper flakes (if using)
  8. Remove the skillet from the heat momentarily to add the broccoli
  9. Use caution when adding the broccoli as it may still contain some water and will splatter when it hits the hot oil
  10. Return skillet to flame and add salt and pepper
  11. Turn broccoli periodically over the next few minutes until the broccoli is warmed through and has reached the desired texture (longer for softer broccoli)
  12. Serve immediately

Note: The blanching process will speed up the cooking process and result in softer broccoli. If you prefer more bite in your vegetables then simply skip this step. The amount of time you sauté your broccoli also depends on how soft or crunchy you want your broccoli.