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sauteed broccoli in a white bowl with a wooden spoon

Quick & Easy Garlicky Sautéed Broccoli

  • Author: Lauren Grant
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Side dish
  • Method: Stove top
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Gluten Free


Make perfect sautéed broccoli every time with this one-pan sautéed broccoli recipe that requires just 4 ingredients and 15 minutes! The key lies in the two-part cooking process that starts with steaming the broccoli in the pan, and ends with sautéing the broccoli in oil with sliced garlic.



  • 1  pound broccoli, cut into 1-inch florets
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 large garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds
  • Kosher salt and cracked black pepper
  • Crushed red pepper flakes (optional)


Add ½ cup water to a large sauté pan, cover and bring to a boil over high heat. Add broccoli, cover and steam until nearly crisp-tender, 3 minutes. Uncover and continue to cook until water is evaporated. 

Add oil and garlic to skillet, decrease heat to medium-high and cook until broccoli is crisp-tender and garlic is starting to brown, 3–4 minutes. Stir in sesame seeds and season with salt and black pepper (and red pepper flakes if you prefer); cook 1 minute. 

Season with additional salt to taste and serve immediately.


Store broccoli in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. 


  • Serving Size: 1/4 of recipe
  • Calories: 105
  • Sugar: 2g
  • Sodium: 185mg
  • Fat: 8g
  • Saturated Fat: 1g
  • Carbohydrates: 8g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Protein: 3.5g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg

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