Photo: John Autry; Styling: Cindy Barr
Serves 6 (serving size: 2/3 cup)

How to Make It

Step 1

Arrange broccoli in a steamer. Steam, covered, 4 minutes or until crisp-tender. Place broccoli in a large bowl.

Step 2

Heat a small skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil and garlic; cook 2 minutes or until garlic is fragrant. Add oil mixture, rind, juice, and salt to broccoli; toss to coat. Sprinkle broccoli mixture with cheese.

Step 3

Spicy Chile and Garlic variation: Prepare base recipe through step Heat a skillet over medium-high. Add 2 tablespoons olive oil, 1 1/2 teaspoons crushed red pepper, and 4 sliced garlic cloves; cook 2 minutes. Add 1 tablespoon lemon juice. Pour over broccoli. Sprinkle with 1 teaspoon grated lemon rind and 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt. Serves 6 Calories 61; Fat 8g (sat 7g); Sodium 96mg

Step 4

Dijon, Thyme, and Pine Nut variation: Prepare base recipe through step Combine 1 tablespoon minced shallots, 2 tablespoons olive oil, 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice, 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard, and 2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme in a bowl; stir with a whisk. Add broccoli and 2 tablespoons toasted pine nuts to oil mixture; toss. Serves 6 Calories 79; Fat 6g (sat 8g); Sodium 76mg

Step 5

Cheddar-Beer Sauce variation: Whisk 1/4 cup beer and 1 1/2 tablespoons flour in a bowl. Combine 3/4 cup fat-free milk and 1/4 cup beer in a pan; bring to a simmer. Stir in flour mixture; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer 2 minutes. Add 3/4 cup reduced-fat cheddar, 1 tablespoon chives, 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon rind, and 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt. Serves 6 Calories 79; Fat 3g (sat 8g); Sodium 227mg

Ratings & Reviews

steponme's Review

November 06, 2014
Another one of those simple, but great Cooking Light sides, definitely a keeper.

msClinique74's Review

July 30, 2014

Jantinozzi's Review

March 03, 2014
Just ok. Sharp flavors (lemon and garlic) on a very plain background (broccoli with olive oil). Parm chz helped a little but Our family prefers the basic steamed broccoli with s&p and a little butter.

Smilingsunray's Review

December 05, 2013
Delicious dressing

GlenGerson's Review

September 29, 2013
Broccoli contains glucoraphanin, which with the body processes into the anti-cancer compound sulforaphane. This compound rids the body H. pylori, a bacterium found to highly increase the risk of gastric cancer. Broccoli also contains indole-3-carbinol, a powerful antioxidant compound and anti-carcinogen found to not only hinder the growth of breast, cervical and prostate cancer, but also boosts liver function.

sirrah231's Review

June 24, 2013
It's not spectacular, but a nice way to dress up boring broccoli. We don't make it too often.

noelle71's Review

April 20, 2013

GayleR's Review

February 07, 2013
Good and basic, but not especially exciting. My husband liked it but didn't realize I'd added anything but cheese. I did omit the garlic.

mandofan's Review

February 01, 2013
Meh... Used the steamer times on my steamer, ended up with mush. Used the time here and ended up with warm, raw bland broccoli. I'm done with trying to make this recipe work.

kitwillow's Review

January 22, 2013
Our family is not keen on broccoli, but we periodically receive it in our CSA box--hence the need to cook it up and eat it! My family loved the way this broccoli turned out. Not a floret was left. Based on others' reviews, we added more flavor by doubling the lemon zest and garlic. Also, we chose to slice our garlic instead of mincing it. It is less likely to burn when sautéing it in the olive oil. We shredded the Parmesan cheese instead of shaving it--just easier for us.