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Stove Top Lemon Garlic Broccoli Recipe – Tasty Broccoli Side Dish

This easy lemon garlic broccoli is a great go-to recipe to make on those busy week nights when you are strapped for time. Are you looking for an easy side dish that will compliment any protein choice? This tasty recipe is perfect for the job.

My family loves vegetables and it’s nice to try new ways with old favorites like broccoli. It’s easy to get a real depth of flavor by just adding a few extra ingredients to a plain head of broccoli.

Keep reading to find out how to make this easy and tasty broccoli recipe that is ready in less than 15 minutes.

Casserole with broccoli and grated cheese.

My vegetable garden is full of fresh vegetables right now and I needed to find a way to use some of my home grown broccoli and fresh garlic in a quick and easy recipe. It’s a perfect side for any busy summer evening.

This easy recipe was the solution!

Easy lemon and garlic broccoli recipe

This recipe combines the freshness of broccoli with the zesty tang of lemon and aromatic garlic. With just a handful of simple ingredients, you can create a side dish that not only looks appealing but also tantalizes your family’s taste buds.

Broccoli florets, lemon, garlic and Jarlsberg cheese on a counter.

You’ll need the following ingredients:

  • Broccoli cut into florets
  • Olive oil
  • Garlic
  • Lemon – juice and zest
  • Jarlsberg Cheese
  • Salt and pepper

Making this broccoli side dish

The recipe could not be easier to make. The tender yet crisp broccoli florets are sautéed with garlic, and finished with a squeeze of lemon juice and a sprinkle of lemon zest and grated Jarlsberg cheese.

This easy-to-make recipe is not only delicious but also packed with nutrients, making it an excellent addition to your dinner table. 

The flavor of Jarlsberg cheese is very rich, so a little goes a long way and helps to keep the calories down.

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Lemon Garlic Broccoli - Tasty Side Dish

Lemon Garlic Broccoli - Tasty Side Dish

This easy lemon garlic broccoli is a great go to recipe to make on those busy week nights when you are strapped for time. It's ready in less than 15 minutes!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 13 minutes


  • 2 cups of broccoli, cut into florets
  • 2 tablespoons of of olive oil
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • Zest of a lemon
  • 3 tbsp of Jarlsberg Cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Cut the broccoli into florets and set aside.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a pan and stir fry the broccoli until slightly tender - about 5 minutes. 1/2 way through, add the garlic and cook.
  3. Reduce the heat to low and add the lemon zest, juice, salt and pepper.
  4. Stir to combine and adjust seasoning.
  5. Sprinkle the grated Jarlsberg cheese on top and serve.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 156Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 5mgSodium: 158mgCarbohydrates: 18gFiber: 4gSugar: 9gProtein: 4g

Nutritional information is approximate due to natural variation in ingredients and the cook-at-home nature of our meals.

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