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How to Season Broccoli

We LOVE a Broccoli recipe that is perfectly seasoned, crisp and bright green is the BEST with a delicious fresh dinner! It can be a challenge, but you’ll be able to do it perfectly and I’ll show you how to season broccoli!
Prep Time7 mins
Cook Time8 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Side
Cuisine: American
Keyword: how to season broccoli
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 131kcal
Author: Wendi Spraker
Cost: $4


  • sauce pan
  • Slotted Spoon
  • measuring cups and spoons
  • stove top


  • 1 head of broccoli
  • ½ cup of water plus more as needed.
  • 3 Tbs Butter
  • ½ tsp Kosher Salt
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper
  • ½ tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 Tbs Soy Sauce
  • 1 tsp lemon juice


  • Cut the broccoli head into florets and place into a sauce pan. Pour the water over the top.
  • Add the butter (just plunk it on top).
  • Add the salt, pepper, red pepper by sprinkling over the top.
  • Set the stove on medium and heat the broccoli, stir frequently. If the water evaporates, add more by the ½ cup full. This method of cooking mostly steams the broccoli.
  • Cook for about 10 minutes or until the broccoli is the level of crunchiness that you prefer.
  • Turn the stove off and add the soy sauce and lemon juice, stir well. Serve hot.



  • While cooking the broccoli, you may need to add more water, have it on stand by and ready to pour into the pan.
  • People like their broccoli in varying levels of doneness. If you like yours more crunchy, then cook less, if you like yours more done, then cook more.
  • If you don’t have lemon juice, use the same amount of cider vinegar instead.
  • You can substitute Braggs liquid aminos for the soy sauce.
  • It’s fine to use the low salt soy sauce.
  • If you use a bag of precut broccoli heads, that is fine too. Just try to estimate the amount for one head of broccoli. If you use more broccoli, you’ll need to increase the other ingredients. It’s fine to eyeball these measurements.
  • Its fine to substitute margarine or a butter substitute for the butter.
  • If using regular table salt, cut the amount in half and sprinkle well overall.


Calories: 131kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 23mg | Sodium: 673mg | Potassium: 490mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1283IU | Vitamin C: 136mg | Calcium: 74mg | Iron: 1mg