How To Make Easy Broccoli
Easy garlic broccoli is an incredibly easy and quick recipe that is pack with whole lot of flavor. This is one of our favorite go-to broccoli recipe. It fits into every diet, and it’s ready in under 10 minutes!
One of the easiest broccoli recipe I make at home is this garlic broccoli that is super easy to make. It’s so scrumptious and packed with lots of nutrition and flavors.
This easy broccoli with garlic and chilli is one of my favorite ways to jazz up simple broccoli recipe and my family absolutely love it! It’s naturally gluten-free, low carb and vegan too!
The broccolis are quickly blanch it in hot boiling water for a quick minute or two, then run cold water over it. It is then saute in minimum oil with garlic, chilli, pepper, seasoned with salt for a quick 2-3 minutes and you have the most amazing garlic broccoli that even the pickiest eater won’t resist.
We make this super fast and easy garlic broccoli whenever we get hold of fresh broccolis because it’s so incredibly easy, delicious and healthier!
WHAT IS BLANCHING?
Blanching is a cooking process in which a food, usually a vegetable or fruit, is scalded in boiling water for a brief time. It is typically followed by a quick thorough cooling in iced water or placed under cold running water to halt the cooking process. Blanching stops enzyme actions which otherwise cause loss of flavor, color and texture. Blanching also removes some surface dirt and microorganisms, brightens color and helps retain the nutritional value. It also wilts greens and softens some vegetables (broccoli, asparagus) and makes them faster to cook.
Here blanching helps in removing pesticide residues in the broccoli, retains the color and tenderizing the broccoli. Hence very less oil is used in this recipe for sauteing because of the blanching done ahead. It’s also healthier due to the less oil used yet it’s way more flavorful than doing a full saute or just a regular steam.
WHY MAKE THIS RECIPE
If you love broccoli and looking for the simplest way to prepare it, then this blanched and saute broccoli with garlic, chilli and pepper is going to be your new favorite recipe! It has been a regular at my house and is my family’s favorite way to eat.
Here’s why you’ll love this broccoli recipe
✔️ It is a great recipe that is quick as well as easy.
✔️ It is simple to prepare and is ready in 10 minutes.
✔️ Beginners friendly and bachelor recipe because it doesn’t require any fancy skills with minimum ingredients and efforts.
✔️ It is healthier because blanching helps to preserve nutrients, the colour and the broccoli is also half way cooked in the process of blanching si it doesn’t require much sauteing.
✔️ It is gluten-free, low carb and vegan too so everyone can enjoy it.
✔️ It is great to have it on its own or as a side with your main dish.
✔️ It pairs well with dishes like oven roasted chicken leg quarters, cheesy chicken fritters, spicy grilled chicken, tangdi malai kebab, mutton tawa dry roast, pan baked chicken leg, peri peri chicken, peri peri chicken strips, crispy fried chicken, pan seared pepper fish, sauteed garlic herb prawns, pizza stuffed meatloaf
One of the best part of this recipe is that it’s so customizable.
✔️ Use any vegetable of your choice! Here’s some few vegetables I like – cauliflower, carrots, french beans, zucchini, mushrooms or a mixture of vegetables available.
✔️ You can just saute it with garlic and pepper. But i love adding a bit of heat so finely chopped chillies add to the heat and also adds a nice hint of colour to the green.
✔️ Switch up the flavor by using different spices like red pepper flakes, paprika, oregano, onion powder, garlic powder etc.
✔️ Make additions like olives, fresh onions or shallots.
✔️ If you’re a non-vegetarian, you can turn this simple dish to a light meal by adding bacon, sausages or shredded meat or seafood of your choice.
✔️ Use butter instead of olive oil, or use a flavor oil like sesame or avocado oil.
✔️ Top it up with some grated cheese!
No matter what you serve it with, this is hands-down one of our easiest and fastest side dishes that we love when we need something quick and hearty to round out the meal!
As always, if you make this recipe, I love to hear what is your thoughts on the recipe! Please do leave a comment below.
INGREDIENTS NEEDED FOR EASY GARLIC BROCCOLI
Fresh red chilli
Salt to taste
Water as required for blanching broccoli
HOW TO MAKE EASY GARLIC BROCCOLI
This section shows how to make easy garlic broccoli with step-by-step photos and details about the technique with video tutorial. For full ingredients measurements, see the recipe card below.
STEP BY STEP PICTORIAL INSTRUCTIONS TO MAKE EASY GARLIC BROCCOLI
In a sauce pan add enough water and bring to a boil. Once the water comes to a rolling boil turn off the flame and add in the broccoli florets.
Allow the broccoli to submerged well in the water. Cover the sauce pan and allow to stand for 1-2 minutes.
Strain the water properly through a sieve and run cold water over it and allow to drain the water nicely.
In a frying pan add in the oil.
Reduce the flame and add in the garlic, red chilli, black pepper, blanched broccoli and salt to taste.
Mix them well together to combine over low flame.
Now increase the flame to high and saute them for about 2 minutes toasting them well in regular intervals and take off the heat.
Your easy garlic broccoli is ready to be served. Enjoy!
✔️ Use fresh broccoli. You can cut off the stem or use along with the tender stems.
✔️ You can also use butter or other oils like sesame oil, sunflower oil, vegetable oil or avocado oil.
✔️ You can use other spices nad herbs.
✔️ You can use other vegetables and follow the same recipe.
Easy Garlic Broccoli
- Frying pan
- sauce pan
- 250 Grams Broccoli florets
- 1 Tablespoon Olive oil
- 6 Fat Garlic cloves diced
- 2 Large Fresh red chilli finely chopped
- 1 Teaspoon Black peppercorn crushed
- 1-2 Teaspoon Salt or as per taste
- As Required Water (For blanching broccoli)
- In a sauce pan add enough water and bring to a boil.
- Once the water comes to a rolling boil turn off the flame and add in the broccoli florets.
- Allow the broccoli to submerged well in the water. Cover the sauce pan and allow to stand for 1-2 minutes.
- Strain the water properly through a sieve and run cold water over it and allow to drain the water nicely.
- In a frying pan add in the oil.
- Reduce the flame and add in the garlic, red chilli, black pepper, blanched broccoli and salt to taste.
- Mix them well together to combine over low flame.
- Now increase the flame to high and saute them for about 2 minutes toasting them well in regular intervals and take off the heat.
- Your easy garlic broccoli is ready to be served. Enjoy!
- Use fresh broccoli. You can cut off the stem or use along with the tender stems.
- You can also use butter or other oils like sesame oil, sunflower oil, vegetable oil or avocado oil.
- You can use other spices nad herbs.
- You can use other vegetables and follow the same recipe.
SOME VEGETARIAN RECIPES YOU MIGHT LIKE
• Bitter Gourd Stir Fry
• Amaranth Leaves Stir Fry
• Mushroom Pepper Fry
• Karamani Sundal / Black Eyed Peas Stir Fry
• Panch Phoran Potato Brinjal Stir Fry
• Radish Stir Fry
• Okra Stir Fry
• Aloo Gobi Sabji (Cauliflower Potato Curry)
• Beach Style Peanut Sundal
• Aloo Pitika (Mashed Potato)
All of the above recipes are super easy to prepare, ready in no time, and will never disappoint you.
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