How Long To Saute Broccoli

how long to saute broccoli
how long to saute broccoli

Sautéed broccoli

Learn how to sauté broccoli like a pro! This easy sautéed broccoli recipe is a light, healthy side dish or a delicious addition to pastas, bowls, and more.

How to Sauté Broccoli

If you’ve never sautéed broccoli before, you’ll be surprised by how simple it is. The whole process takes under 10 minutes! Here’s how it goes:

  1. First, sauté. Heat a glug of olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the broccoli florets and thinly sliced garlic, and season them with salt and pepper. Cook for 3-4 minutes.

  2. Then, steam! This step helps the sautéed broccoli cook and soften all the way through. Add two tablespoons of water to the pan, and quickly cover it. Cook, covered, for 2 to 4 minutes more, until the broccoli is tender but still bright green.

  3. Finally, season. Remove the cooked broccoli from the heat, and season it with a big squeeze of lemon juice and more salt and pepper to taste. If you like, sprinkle on some red pepper flakes, too. Enjoy!

Sautéed broccoli recipe ingredients

Sautéed Broccoli Serving Suggestions

When I make sautéed broccoli, I often enjoy it as a side dish. It’s light and refreshing, with a nice crisp-tender bite. It pairs well with almost everything, so serve it with whatever protein, pasta, or soup you like. The lemon and garlic in this recipe give the sautéed broccoli a bright, fresh flavor, but if you want to punch it up more, drizzle on some vegan ranch, tahini dressing, or lemon vinaigrette. Some everything bagel seasoning or grated Parmesan cheese would be a yummy topping too.

I also encourage you to use sautéed broccoli as a component in larger recipes. If I’m not serving it as a side dish, these are my favorite ways to use it:

  • In a frittata. Toss it into a full-sized veggie frittata or my mini frittata muffins.
  • In pasta. Stir it into pesto pasta, spaghetti aglio e olio, or this creamy vegan pasta recipe. And does anyone else love sautéed broccoli with mac and cheese? Try it with this classic mac and cheese or my vegan mac and cheese recipe.
  • In a bowl. Any simply cooked vegetable is at home in a bowl, and sautéed broccoli is no exception. Add it to these sesame soba noodles, this veggie bowl, or this buddha bowl, or make a bowl of your own! Start with cooked quinoa, farro, wheat berries, or brown rice, add a protein like roasted chickpeas, lentils, baked tofu, or tempeh, and pile in the broccoli. Finish it off with a punchy sauce like tahini sauce, cilantro lime dressing, or romesco sauce.

How do you like to eat sautéed broccoli? Let me know in the comments!

Sautéed broccoli on a plate with serving spoon

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If you love this sautéed broccoli recipe, try cooking one of these vegetables next:


1. How long does it take to sauté broccoli?

Sautéing broccoli takes under 10 minutes. The initial sautéing step takes about 3-4 minutes, followed by a steam-covered cooking period of 2 to 4 minutes, until the broccoli is tender yet vibrant green.

2. Can I add other seasonings to sautéed broccoli?

Absolutely! Feel free to experiment with different flavors and seasonings to suit your taste. Adding lemon juice, red pepper flakes, everything bagel seasoning, vegan ranch, tahini dressing, or grated Parmesan cheese can elevate the taste and contribute to a more personalized sautéed broccoli experience.

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