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Broccoli with lemon-garlic crumbs

Total Time
11 min
5 min
6 min
Steamed broccoli is okay. But why not up your broccoli game with this crowd-pleasing side dish. When the steamed stalks and florets get tossed with buttery lemon-and-garlic bread crumbs the result is a definite home run.Look for panko in the ethnic aisle of your supermarket or in an Asian grocery store. You use this same treatment with sauteed spinach, kale or collard greens. The bread crumb mixture is equally lovely used as crunchy breading for oven-frying chicken or fish too.



1 pound(s), florets, fresh

Unsalted butter

1 Tbsp

Jarred minced garlic

1½ tsp

Dried plain breadcrumbs

½ cup(s), panko (Japanese bread crumbs)

Lemon zest

1 tsp

Table salt

¼ tsp


  1. Bring 1 inch of water to a boil in a large pot. Place broccoli in a steamer basket and set over water. Cover pot and steam until broccoli is crisp-tender, about 5 to 6 minutes; drain. Alternatively, you can cook broccoli in microwave.
  2. Meanwhile, melt butter in a medium nonstick skillet over medium-low heat. Add garlic and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add bread crumbs, increase heat to medium and cook, stirring often, until lightly toasted, about 2 to 3 minutes.
  3. Remove skillet from heat; stir in lemon zest and salt.
  4. Spoon broccoli into a serving bowl and toss with crumbs. Yields about 1 cup of broccoli and 2 tablespoons of crumbs per serving.