Garlic-Lemon-Broccoli – the Perfectly Versatile Side Dish


Broccoli is the perfect vegetable. That is the reason all those superheroes eat it with all those chickenbreasts and rice, right? Looking like Thor might be a bit much, but I would not mind having the female equivalent of Antmans physique. Wonder Woman feels like an unrealistic goal to achieve. I also would not mind having that tan, being a super pale Spanish person with a sickly undertone is really annoying. “Spanish? Never would  have guessed that. Aren’t you supposed to be tan?” I know, I know we all look the same. The Spanish stereotype in any Hollywood movie. If we did, wouldn’t all of us be filthy rich actors?


Back to Broccoli, I love it. I could eat it everyday, and I do not say that lightly as I’m not the type of person who can eat the same meal daily. The beauty of this broccoli recipe is, that you can serve it with anything. Serve it with some spaghetti or pasta that is easier to eat. Some people just can’t deal with spaghetti.


Serve it with rice, white or brown, if you’re on the superhero diet. How about some potato wedges and chickenbreast? Or mashed potatoes and salmon? How about some baked sweet potato and cod? The opportunities are endless and it’s anything but bland. Though I’m not sure whether this is the ideal recipe for our littlest Spidermen and Wonder Women, it will definitely keep the vampires at bay. Unfortunately it will not keep people from bothering you at work the next day, sorry. Unless you manage to have leftovers, then you might be just fine.

Recipe Slideshow:


Garlic-Lemon-Broccoli (Garlic-Lemon-Broccoli pdf)


1 Stalk of broccoli

Some olive oil

5-6 cloves of chopped garlic



Lemon juice


  1. Bring some water with salt to a boil. I use a deep wok like pan, but a pot also works.
  2. Remove the stalk from the broccoli and cut it into florets. The bigger the broccoli florets the longer you will have to boil them.
  3. When the water is boiling add the broccoli florets and cook until fork tender. Three to five minutes should be enough.
  4. Meanwhile peel and chop the garlic if you haven’t already.
  5. Sieve the broccoli florets.
  6. Put some olive oil in a deep pan and bring to a high heat.
  7. Once the oil is hot, add the garlic and sauté until lightly beige. Not too long otherwise you will burn it.
  8. Add the broccoli and sauté for a few minutes.
  9. Add salt, pepper and lemon juice to taste.

I hope you will try this recipe. It is super simple and full of flavour. Who does not like a versatile side dish. I made it for Christmas last year with some German dumplings (Semmelknödel), mashed potatoes and a roast. I thought it was great. We served some other vegetables but the broccoli is all I remember.

Do you guys also struggle uploading your images? This post took me more than one hour and a nervous breakdown. I thought technology was supposed to make life easier. I hope you have a great hump day!



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