Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross
4 servings (serving size: 1 cup)

The bold, straightforward flavors of garlic and crushed red pepper make this classic Mediterranean broccoli dish appealing to Aaron.

How to Make It

Heat olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add broccoli, kosher salt, crushed red pepper, and sliced garlic. Sauté 2 minutes. Add 1/4 cup water. Cover, reduce heat to low, and cook for 2 minutes or until broccoli is crisp-tender.

Chef's Notes

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Ratings & Reviews

Great flavors

November 05, 2018
Very flavorful.  I'll probably eat broccoli more often with this recipe because it's also really quick and easy.  We like the spicy-garlicky mix.  I sauté for longer and steam for longer than the recipe says.

TammyS2009's Review

June 29, 2009
My mom always made broccoli this way! My 8 year old loves it! Goes great with everything: steak, pork, chicken, bbq, ... I definitely use more garlic than this recipe calls for. I saute the garlic in olive oil in a large pot, then add the broccoli, red pepper flakes, garlic powder, and black pepper. NO SALT is needed. Cook until the broccoli turns bright green. Add some water. After water heats up, reduce heat, cover, and let cook until desired tenderness. Yummy!

Wickerpuds's Review

January 19, 2014

dabears4's Review

April 18, 2011

sarahkaye's Review

November 05, 2008
Not as good as I expected, and my husband accused me of ruining the broccoli (although I wouldn't go that far). I just didn't think the flavors were very well balanced - too much spice without much else going on.

charoulli's Review

August 11, 2012
This tasted great, but the water in the end was too much. I am making again with less water. Tasty, quick and easy!

harrietlynns's Review

January 06, 2009
This recipe make me enthuisiastic about eating broccoli! Great weeknight side dish. I've made it a number of times. I steam the broccoli in the microwave for 2-3 minutes so that when the rest of dinner is ready I can just saute the garlic and pepper then throw in the broc. Last night I served it with the Salmon with roasted cherry tomatoes from this site and a wild rice pilaf. Fabulous healthy meal!

FlyerFaninCO's Review

February 16, 2011
We loved it and it was easy to half it for two people! Use almost the full amount of water but half the other ingredients. We will make it again.

carlybarley7's Review

March 05, 2009
I found the garlic was not cooked enough in the time specified and needed to be sauteed a bit longer to really get that smooth flavor instead of the spicy raw garlic taste. The broccoli also had to be cooked a little while to get to the perfect crisp cooked point. Overall a good recipe for basic vegetable taste, but nothing special as far as a veggie side dish in my opinion.

ewarnock's Review

July 15, 2011
I enjoyed it immensely! You get the flavor of broccoli with a little kick. Next time I will be using less water for the last step, it didn't need that much for steaming, it took away a bit of the flavoring.