Easy Sauteed Broccoli

Sauteing broccoli is a quick and delicious way to cook your favorite vegetable. This sauteed broccoli recipe is the perfect side for any meal or as an accompaniment to Asian dishes. It is easy to make, and the texture of the broccoli is crunchy yet tender.

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All about Sauteed Broccoli

Broccoli is a healthy green vegetable. It’s high in many nutrients, including vitamin C, vitamin K, folate, and potassium. And the fiber in broccoli helps with digestion. There are also antioxidants and other compounds in broccoli that can help prevent some diseases.

When it comes to broccoli, people have differing opinions on how to cook it. Steaming may be the most popular way to cook broccoli. But having some variety in your cooking methods is important. Sauteing broccoli is less common but just as easy and tasty as steaming.

Sauteing broccoli is a great way to bring out its natural flavor and texture. It’s fast, simple, and healthy. It’s an easy way to add veggies to your meal. And if you have leftover sauteed broccoli, toss it in a salad, soup, or pasta dish the next day. So the next time you have broccoli, try this sauteed broccoli recipe.

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Ingredients You’ll Need for Sauteed Broccoli

  • Big heads of broccoli
  • Garlic cloves
  • Fresh ginger root (one thumb)
  • Olive oil
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • Sesame seeds (for garnish)

How to Make Sauteed Broccoli

  1. Cut the broccoli tops into small florets. Try to make them all about the same size. Keep the stem to use in other recipes, such as soups or stews.
  2. Peel the ginger root and garlic cloves. Grate them to a paste-like consistency.
  3. Heat the olive oil in a pan over medium heat. Add the ginger and garlic and stir-fry them until they become golden and fragrant.
  4. Add the broccoli florets. Cook for 10 to 12 minutes until they change color and get a bit browned. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Serve with a sprinkle of sesame seeds for garnish.

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Tips and Variations for Sauteed Broccoli

Follow these tips and variations for making the best sauteed broccoli:

  • Make sure the broccoli florets get cooked and softened but still have a bit of crunch. Don’t overcook the broccoli, or it will become mushy and fall apart.
  • If you don’t have fresh ginger, omit it or use powdered ginger. But it won’t have the same taste. Fresh ginger paste is used in cooking as a flavor enhancer, so it’s an ingredient worth having in your kitchen.
  • For added flavor, add some fresh grated Parmesan cheese and a sprinkle of Italian herbs on top.
  • Add diced onions to the oil before you saute the broccoli florets for an extra flavorful kick.
  • Mix together olive oil, lemon juice, and crushed red pepper flakes for a spicy twist on the dish.
  • Toast some nuts, such as almonds or walnuts, in the same pan as the broccoli for a delicious crunch.
  • Add garlic powder, onion powder, Italian seasoning blend, or any other herbs of your choice.
  • If you want something sweet, try adding a splash of balsamic vinegar or honey to the mix.

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Sauteed Broccoli FAQs

Is this recipe gluten free, dairy free, and vegan?

Yes, this recipe meets all 3 of those dietary requirements. It is gluten free, dairy free, and vegan. So you can enjoy this recipe without worrying about any dietary restrictions.

Does sauteed broccoli still have vitamins and minerals?

Yes, sauteed broccoli still contains the same vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients as raw broccoli. Sauteing is a mild form of cooking that helps to keep the nutrients intact. Many people enjoy the taste of sauteed broccoli better than raw broccoli because it has a softer texture and is a bit sweeter.

How does the flavor of sauteed broccoli compare to raw or steamed broccoli?

The flavor of sauteed broccoli is more varied than either raw or steamed broccoli. When cooked in oil, the natural sugars in the broccoli are caramelized, creating a sweeter and nuttier flavor that’s different from the slight bitterness of raw or steamed broccoli.

How do I store leftovers of sauteed broccoli?

It is best to eat this sauteed broccoli right after cooking. But if you do have leftovers or want to cook it in advance, you can store them in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.

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Easy Sauteed Broccoli

Yield: 2 servings
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 14 minutes

A super easy and delicious way to cook your broccoli. Perfect to serve as a side dish in any meal or with Asian recipes. This way of cooking broccoli is so quick and filled with flavor and the texture of broccoli is perfect, crunchy, and tender. 


  • 2 big heads of broccoli 
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • a piece of fresh ginger root (one thumb) 
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil 
  • 1 teaspoon salt 
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons sesame seeds (for garnish) 


  1. Cut the broccoli tops in small florets, and try to make them all more or less the same size. You can keep the stem for other recipes like soups and stews. 
  2. Peel the ginger root and garlic cloves and grate them to achieve a paste-like consistency. 
  3. In a pan with the olive oil over medium heat, add the ginger and garlic and fry them until golden and fragrant. 
  4. Add the broccoli florets and cook for 10-12 minutes, until they get a bit browned and change color. Season with salt and pepper. 
  5. Serve with sesame seeds for garnish. 


This sauteed broccoli is best to eat right after being made, however leftovers or if cooked in advance, can be stored in the fridge for up to 5 days in sealed containers. 

If you don’t have fresh ginger, you can omit it or add it in powder form, even though it won’t be the same taste. Fresh ginger paste is used in cooking as a flavor enhancer, so it’s an ingredient worth having in your kitchen and use in many recipes, not only those Asian inspired. 

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Author: Lindsay Delk

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