Jan 9
2013

Lemon Pepper Steamed Broccoli Recipe

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Lemon Pepper Steamed Broccoli Recipe by Cookin' Canuck

I ate five cups of broccoli the other day. Five cups! By noon, I hit my daily fiber requirements, and I’m pretty sure that my skin turned a light shade of green. As crazy as it may seem, I just couldn’t leave this steamed broccoli alone. It was that good and didn’t even meet the bare minimum requirements for the term “easy”. In fact, I am almost embarrassed to post the recipe. Steam broccoli, add lemon zest, pepper and salt, and eat. See what I mean?

It was a little birdie on my shoulder (you know, the hallucinogenic one that appears after you consume five cups of cruciferous vegetables) that insisted that I post the recipe. It reminded me how non-plussed I become after multiple nights of steamed broccoli, and that maybe everybody would appreciate a little variation on the theme.

In other words, the birdie made me do it.

If you are watching your sodium intake and you’re eating this broccoli with a dish that’s already salted, feel free to eliminate the sprinkle of salt. If you’re eating it alone by the bowlful (ahem), that little sprinkle adds something special. This would be the perfect side dish for Southwestern Roasted Chicken with Cumin, Chili Pepper & Cilantro or Baked Tilapia with Pesto & Breadcrumb Crust.

The recipe:

Set a medium-sized saucepan filled with 1 inch of water over high heat, and bring the water to a boil.

Lemon Pepper Steamed Broccoli Recipe

Place the broccoli in a steamer basket, place inside of the saucepan (be sure the bottom of the basket does not touch the water), cover and reduce the heat to medium.

Steam the broccoli until just tender when pierced with a fork, 4 to 5 minutes.

Lemon Pepper Steamed Broccoli Recipe

Transfer the broccoli to a serving bowl. Add the olive oil, grate the zest of the lemon over the broccoli, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and toss to coat. Serve.

Other healthy vegetable side dishes:

Healthy Veggie Side Dishes
Cookin’ Canuck’s Spaghetti Squash with Swiss Chard, Dried Cranberries & Dijon Vinaigrette
Cookin’ Canuck’s Roasted Cauliflower with Indian Spices
Within the Kitchen’s Healthy & Easy Ginger-Garlic Green Beans
The Tart Tart’s Roasted Acorn Squash with Chile Vinaigrette
Ring Finger Tan Line’s Asian Inspired Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Lemon Pepper Steamed Broccoli Recipe

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 4 cups broccoli

Serving Size: 1 cup cooked broccoli

Calories per serving: 62 cal (complete nutritional info listed below)

Fat per serving: Total 3.8g / Saturated Fat 0.5g

Lemon Pepper Steamed Broccoli Recipe

From the kitchen of Cookin Canuck. www.cookincanuck.com

Ingredients

  • 12 oz. (about 5 cups) broccoli florets
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large lemon (for the zest only)
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 - 1/2 tsp ground pepper

Instructions

  1. Set a medium-sized saucepan filled with 1 inch of water over high heat, and bring the water to a boil.
  2. Place the broccoli in a steamer basket, place inside of the saucepan (be sure the bottom of the basket does not touch the water), cover and reduce the heat to medium.
  3. Steam the broccoli until just tender when pierced with a fork, 4 to 5 minutes.
  4. Transfer the broccoli to a serving bowl. Add the olive oil, grate the zest of the lemon over the broccoli, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and toss to coat. Serve.

Notes

Calories 62 / Total Fat 3.8g / Saturated Fat 0.5g / Sodium 175.2mg / Total Carbohydrates 6.1g / Fiber 3.5g / Sugars 0.1g / Protein 3.3g / WW (Old Points) 1 / WW (Points+) 2

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1 Sprigs of Rosemary January 9, 2013 at 4:48 am

You’re absolutely right, Dara . . . there’s nothing like a simply-dressed, well-prepared dish of a great vegetable. Yesterday, after I cut a couple ripe tomatoes and tomatillos in the morning to let them sit together to mellow with a little cilantro and salt (for lunch, you know) I’d (practically eaten the whole bowl before lunch!

Love the broccoli!

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2 megan @ whatmegansmaking January 9, 2013 at 5:11 am

I love all the healthy recipes you post, and I’m always looking for new ways to eat broccoli. A little variation never hurt anyone :)

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3 Liz @ The Lemon Bowl January 9, 2013 at 6:06 am

Isn’t the power of a little lemon amazing? :-) Yes, I’m biased.

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4 shelly (cookies and cups) January 9, 2013 at 6:30 am

It’s a little against everything I believe in, but I can eat broccoli like this all day everyday. Warm, cold.. it’s kinda my favorite..well right behind brownies :)

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5 Gerry @ Foodness Gracious January 9, 2013 at 6:52 am

I love the freshness of the dish, simple but I bet its so tasty!

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6 Denise @ Creative Kitchen January 9, 2013 at 7:12 am

Love this idea Dara. Wow….simple, but I’ve never thought of it. Thanks for reminding me how tasty broccoli is, and that we don’t have to smother it with cheese to make it so.

I started back to using My Fitness Pal yesterday, and it feels SO great to be back on track with portion control and accountability. I wasn’t crazy over the holidays, but it’s amazing how a few pounds can creep up on you just from that extra pancake, that extra pat (or two) of butter, that extra biscotti (or two or three or four…I’m pretty sure at least 3 pounds of weight gain is from homemade cranberry lemon biscotti alone!! LOL)

I friended you there as I’d love to add you to my accountability circle. ;) You’re amazing!

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7 Renee - Kudos Kitchen January 9, 2013 at 8:00 am

So simple and yet so tasty. I too could eat 5+ cups of this!

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8 Maria January 9, 2013 at 8:00 am

I could eat this every day!

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9 Laura (Tutti Dolci) January 9, 2013 at 9:41 am

This is one of my favorite ways to eat broccoli too!

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10 Laura January 9, 2013 at 10:47 am

Looks delish! Thanks for the link up :)

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11 Carla @ Carlas Confections January 9, 2013 at 11:19 am

My husband has recently been obsessed with broccoli, which is a very good thing! He would love this one. I think Im going to need to make it for him :)

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12 Kalyn January 9, 2013 at 12:36 pm

I would love this! I’ve been buying those big bags of broccoli from Costco and eat it raw with my Greek Yogurt Ranch Dip.

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13 Cassie | Bake Your Day January 9, 2013 at 12:39 pm

I can see why you ate 5 cups of this. It’s amazing, Dara!

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14 Holly January 9, 2013 at 2:00 pm

I often steam broccoli and like it but it hadn’t occurred to me to add lemon zest. Glad you posted this– I’ll enjoy the bright citrus on my next plate of steamed veggies, though I can’t promise to eat 5 cups!!

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15 kirsten@FarmFreshFeasts January 9, 2013 at 2:23 pm

Good for you for hitting your fiber intake so early in the day! The rest of the day is gravy as far as I am concerned.

As for your skin turning green . . . I use to work with a wonderful vegetarian woman whose breast milk had a greenish tinge to it. She loved broccoli too. (My lunch always ended up next to her bottles of EBM)

Thanks for both a deliciously simple recipe and such clear photos/directions.

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16 Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen January 9, 2013 at 2:57 pm

I could definitely eat 5 cups of broccoli, love the stuff!

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17 ceecee January 9, 2013 at 3:29 pm

Hi Dara,
Had to check out why I was getting hits from your site! Thanks for including my green beans! I love broccoli too and often the kids and I eat a whole steamed pot of it! It makes a great snack! Also wanted to tell you I tried your tortilla casserole a month or so ago and JT and I love it. In fact my our version will get a blog post soon (with credit back to the original, of course!

C.

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18 Shanna@ pineapple and coconut January 9, 2013 at 6:31 pm

Making this right now!! It looks amazing!

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19 Frank @Memorie di Angelina January 9, 2013 at 8:05 pm

Looks like just the ticket for my New Year’s resolution! And tasty, too.

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20 Erika @ The Hopeless Housewife January 9, 2013 at 8:44 pm

Lemon and broccoli a great combination and you have to love how easy this is!

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21 Asiya January 9, 2013 at 9:01 pm

I’ve always just had plain steamed broccoli..what a great idea! Can’t wait to give this a try soon!

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22 Sue January 9, 2013 at 9:23 pm

This broccoli sounds so tasty! I need to eat five cups of it too, especially after eating the “broccoli” that I just posted;)

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23 Karen Petersen January 9, 2013 at 9:59 pm

Yum, this sounds great!!!

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24 Barbara @ Barbara Bakes January 10, 2013 at 7:16 am

I’m always on the look out for great, simple veggie recipes.

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25 Jeanette January 10, 2013 at 8:07 am

We make steamed broccoli at least once a week – the kids love it simply plain or with a little garlic olive oil, salt and pepper. Love your idea of using lemon zest for a change. I make extra for omelets in the morning sometimes too. So good!

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26 Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar January 10, 2013 at 9:07 am

This looks so fabulous!

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27 Aggie January 10, 2013 at 5:26 pm

Oh Dara, next time share some with me! I could eat 5 cups of broccoli prepared like this any day! Lemon is magical :)

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28 Jenny January 10, 2013 at 10:46 pm

My family loves broccoli, and so I am always trying to find new recipes ……this recipe will be a big hit to go with tomorrows dinner! I would love for you to link up this recipe to my linky party, my readers will LOVE this recipe!! http://www.fivelittlechefs.com/2013/01/fantastic-thursday-27.html

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29 afracooking January 11, 2013 at 12:38 pm

Crazy – so simple, never thought of it yet it makes so much sense! Thank you so much for sharing!!!

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30 Sasha January 12, 2013 at 3:00 pm

After changing computers I lost track of your blog for awhile. I was happy to run across it again and even happier to see the healthy recipes. Now I just need some time to check them all out. Congrats on your weight loss.

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31 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) January 12, 2013 at 3:19 pm

Sasha, I’m so glad you found me again!

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32 Jennifer (Savor) January 16, 2013 at 8:31 am

simple. delicious. lovely. Just like your personality. :)

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33 Yvette Fuentes February 8, 2013 at 7:14 pm

OH I thought we were the only ones to do this! We had garlic and butter and steam it together. So yummy!

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